It's almost my turn to lead my small group's discussion during one of our meetings. I've decided that I'd like us to talk about God's character; who He is and what He's doing in our lives.
I've come up with the following questions; would you please share your thoughts on them?
Who is God? Lord, Father, Friend, Mentor, Shepherd, Warrior? Which roles did God fulfil in the Bible? Are those roles still relevant today?
How would you summarise God's personality traits?
Where is God for the greater part of our lives – not the hour or two that we spend in church every Sunday and on Wednesday evenings, but also when we drive, work and spend time with our families? Do you experience God's presence during this time? If yes, how? If not, why not?
Does God govern what happens in our lives on a daily basis, or is He only there for the “big things”?
What should our attitude towards God be?
We know that God is merciful towards us as Christians, but is that always the case? Keep in mind what He did to the Egyptians when they refused to let the Israelites leave Egypt.
Lastly, a deeply philosophical question – the problem of evil. If God is good, how can there be evil in this world?
I think most of my questions are well worth discussing. A couple of my questions were inspired by Wild At Heart, specifically question #1. I'm going to include a couple of verses when during the discussion, but if you can recommend a verse that is particularly relevant to a specific question, please share it.
Matthew 5:10-12, 44-45, Luke 6:21-23
Some have a tougher time here than others, but He doesn't let it continue unabated forever; when their suffering is too much for this life, He has great rewards waiting for them.
Can we really suffer anything like Christ's pain? We couldn't bear to take upon ourselves the sins of all humanity, so presumably this refers to the physical suffering, for which we can be glorified if we endure it without losing faith.
One could also infer that such things are a test of those who have the power to stand against the evil.
From the Nicene Creed,
(Old translation) "...one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all that is, seen and unseen."
(New translation) "...one God, the Father almighty,maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible."
My apologies for only responding now. I've had a busy week.
Anyhow, I'm due to lead the discussion this coming Wednesday. Thanks for sharing your thoughts; I really appreciate your input, and you've given me a lot to work from.
I'm not trying to anthropomorphizing God (thanks for teaching me a new word), but God created man in His image, did He not? If God made us to be like Him, that should tell us something about Him.