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We went on vacation prior to the original recording of this video and I’ve included a few seconds of highlights in today’s session.
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Should you have any trouble with the video, or not be in a position to watch it, I’ve posted the discussion questions and key highlights for you below the video. Today’s video is a bit longer, but there was just so much good stuff in this week’s homework.
I hope you enjoyed those little clips from our trip to the lake. Now, I can’t wait to hear how God is speaking to you through the Scriptures. Here are the discussion questions and video highlights…
The general revelation of creation functions as a headline or book cover, beckoning us to go deeper in our knowledge of God.
Discussion Question 1. Flip over to page 35 and locate the “growth/leaf” question toward the bottom of the page. “What are some things in nature that quickly draw your thoughts to the Creator and initiate praise? What are some ways you can purposefully foster praise?”
God provides specific revelations of himself to his people. We have the inspired Word of God as one of these forms of specific revelation. Before God’s people had Scripture, God revealed himself to them on specific occasions by speaking to them directly. Exodus 19 provided an example of one of these specific revelations in which God formally introduced himself to his people.
Discussion Question 2. Consider the Mt. Sinai experience of the Israelites which we studied in Day 2 (pages 40-42). Have you ever had a Mount Sinai experience? A moment when you were overwhelmed by God’s holiness? Has he ever revealed himself to you in a way that caused you to tremble or brought you to your knees? If so, please give us a brief account of your experience and how you responded.
If we are unacquainted with the whole of Scripture, we can get a skewed view of God. Some people have a tendency to think Yahweh (or Jehovah), the covenant God revealed through the Old Testament scriptures, is different in nature than Jesus. A careful study of Scripture reveals God’s nature does not change, and Jesus and Yahweh, though distinct persons, are one in terms of their holy nature.
I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.”God speaking to his people
Malachi 3:6, NIV
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”James 1:17, NIV
Discussion Question 3(a). Review your notes from pages 43 and 44 where you looked up various Scripture passages about Jesus. Did anything you discovered in those passages surprise you? If so what was it?
Discussion Question 3(b). Did you learn anything from Day 3’s study about Jesus that will change the way you relate to Him? If so, what was it and how will it affect your relationship?
The following question is not actually in your book. I made this one up after studying, in Day 4, the different responses of Moses and the Israelites to God’s presence. Moses was willing to risk everything to draw closer to God while the Israelites pulled back from even the reflected glory of God.
Discussion Question 4. Contemplate drawing close to God and the preparations and changes to your life that involves. What kind of reaction do you have? Does it tend to be more like Moses’—rush headlong toward God despite the risk and fear, or is it more along the lines of the Israelites’ response—hesitate and pull back in fear and trepidation of the changes such an intimate encounter will produce in your life? Your reaction, like mine, may change depending on the specific circumstances. If so feel free to elaborate on what causes your reaction to change.
We looked at the process of sanctification. I pointed out the need for our active cooperation with God. I likened it to a dance. We follow God’s lead and let him direct us; he leads, we follow actively in the process.
Discussion Question 5. From Day 5, page 55: Think of the things that help and hinder your process of spiritual consecration or sanctification. What tends to draw your focus away from God? How would you feel about abstaining from those things for a limited period of time to concentrate on him? What might be helpful to you in your process of consecration (setting yourself apart to worship and be used by God)?
Preview of Week 3:
In Week 3, we will explore several Scriptural accounts of people encountering God and how they responded. These positive and negative responses will help us prepare to respond appropriately to God’s holy presence.
Memory Verse for Week 3:
If you’re participating in this aspect of the study, here is the verse to work on this upcoming week.
Matthew 5:8, from the New International Version (but feel free to choose whatever translation you prefer):
Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.”
Have a great week and thank you so much for studying with me. I’m praying for you and look forward to hearing your responses to today’s questions. If you have any questions during the week, you can leave them in the comments below or email me at email@example.com.
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