Foundations

Who is God?

1 John 3:1-3

Discussion Questions

God is Sovereign- God can do all things and accomplish all things. Nothing is too difficult for Him, and He orchestrates and determines everything that is going to happen in your life, in my life, in America, and throughout the world. Whatever He wants to do in the universe, He does, for nothing is impossible with Him.

How does this influence our daily lives and relationship with Him?

God is Providential- God’s eternal, infinite, and (mostly) invisible hand at work in nations, tribes, families, and individuals.  Often we think of God simply observing His creation from a long distance in Heaven. How does the Bible reveal God’s activity in our daily human lives? Why is prayer so important in accessing God’s providence?

God is Holy- Holy and it’s synonyms appear more than 1,600 times throughout the Bible. It quickly appears that God is holy, people aren’t, God expects us to be holy, and we can’t be without His help.

How does God’s holiness affect the eternal destiny of mankind? Why can’t we eliminate hell from any discussion of God?

God is Love- John 3:16 is one of the most descriptive verses regarding God’s character of Love. This is agape’ love, unconditional, sacrificial. How does God satisfy his holiness by this sacrificial love? John says “He so loved that He gave”? Why was this sacrifice the only method of giving eternal life to mankind?

God has a plan- Why would knowing God’s plan change our opinion about a god who wants to cause pain and suffering for His creation?

If we build our lives on this foundation, it takes on a new purpose and meaning. Bad views of who God is cause us to to struggle with purpose. Which God do you know?