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Who is God?

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?

Anthropology clearly describes humanity as life with an awareness of and hunger for the spiritual. From the most primitive cultures who worshipped parts of creation to today's psychics, spiritualists and channelers, humans have sought a relationship with the divine. In this study we will begin to examine answers to that age-old question: Who is God?

 

  1. Read 1 John 4:8. According to the end of that verse, what is God?
  2. Now read 1 John 4:7-16. These verses contain some very important truths. First, who are the three divine persons mentioned in these verses? Verses 9, 10, 14, 15? Verse 13?
  3. According to those verses, why did God the Father send God the Son?
  4. According to verse 13, who was sent to abide in us?
  5. Read Matthew 3:16-17. Who had just come up out of the Jordan River? Who descended like a dove? Whose voice was heard from heaven?
  6. Read Matthew 28:19. Who are the three persons who are to be mentioned in a Baptism?
  7. Read 1 Corinthians 8:4-6. Twice the point is made about how many "gods" there are. How many "gods" are there?
  8. The mystery of God is a deep one. No human ever fully understands it. Yet the Bible does teach us enough to know that God is three distinct persons, while being only one God. The word the Christian church uses for this is “triune.” It means three-in-one. Read Ephesians 2:18. What is the ultimate purpose of the three persons who make up the one God?
  9. Psalm 19:1 states, “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” The Bible looks at the wonder and beauty of creation and sees God's creating hand behind it. The Bible is not a book of science, but a book of faith. What is the point made in Hebrews 3:4? What is the affirmation of faith in Hebrews 11:3?
  10. Read John 16:12-15. Jesus is speaking in these verses. It is the night before He died on the cross. Who did Jesus say was going to come to the disciples after He was gone? What was the Holy Spirit going to do?

 

Questions for thought/discussion:

  1. A theologian once wrote, “If you believe in a god you can fully understand, you can be sure it isn't the true God.” What point was he trying to make?
  2. If God is love, why is there so much suffering in the world? If God is love, how would He view that suffering?
  3. What are the various theories about the origin of the universe? How is the biblical teaching of creation different from them? How is it similar?

 

Suggested further activity:

  1. Ask several of your friends, “When do you feel close to God?” Discuss with them why that is.
  1. For further reading. Read pages 99-115 and 144-153 of Luther's Small Catechism with Explanation, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Mo.
 

Who is God?

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?

Anthropology clearly describes humanity as life with an awareness of and hunger for the spiritual. From the most primitive cultures who worshipped parts of creation to today's psychics, spiritualists and channelers, humans have sought a relationship with the divine. In this study we will begin to examine answers to that age-old question: Who is God?

 

  1. Read 1 John 4:8. According to the end of that verse, what is God?
  2. Now read 1 John 4:7-16. These verses contain some very important truths. First, who are the three divine persons mentioned in these verses? Verses 9, 10, 14, 15? Verse 13?
  3. According to those verses, why did God the Father send God the Son?
  4. According to verse 13, who was sent to abide in us?
  5. Read Matthew 3:16-17. Who had just come up out of the Jordan River? Who descended like a dove? Whose voice was heard from heaven?
  6. Read Matthew 28:19. Who are the three persons who are to be mentioned in a Baptism?
  7. Read 1 Corinthians 8:4-6. Twice the point is made about how many "gods" there are. How many "gods" are there?
  8. The mystery of God is a deep one. No human ever fully understands it. Yet the Bible does teach us enough to know that God is three distinct persons, while being only one God. The word the Christian church uses for this is “triune.” It means three-in-one. Read Ephesians 2:18. What is the ultimate purpose of the three persons who make up the one God?
  9. Psalm 19:1 states, “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” The Bible looks at the wonder and beauty of creation and sees God's creating hand behind it. The Bible is not a book of science, but a book of faith. What is the point made in Hebrews 3:4? What is the affirmation of faith in Hebrews 11:3?
  10. Read John 16:12-15. Jesus is speaking in these verses. It is the night before He died on the cross. Who did Jesus say was going to come to the disciples after He was gone? What was the Holy Spirit going to do?

 

Questions for thought/discussion:

  1. A theologian once wrote, “If you believe in a god you can fully understand, you can be sure it isn't the true God.” What point was he trying to make?
  2. If God is love, why is there so much suffering in the world? If God is love, how would He view that suffering?
  3. What are the various theories about the origin of the universe? How is the biblical teaching of creation different from them? How is it similar?

 

Suggested further activity:

  1. Ask several of your friends, “When do you feel close to God?” Discuss with them why that is.
  1. For further reading. Read pages 99-115 and 144-153 of Luther's Small Catechism with Explanation, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Mo.
 

 






 






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