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Two Discussion Questions: Bethany Hutson

Post by Bethany Hutson on Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:07 pm

1.If you had to pick two stories (narratives specifically, not just passages) from the Bible that best illustrate what God is like, which would you choose? Select one story from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament, then explain your choices.

In the Old Testament, I would pick the story about Jonah. Jonah was disobedient and ran from God when He asked him to go to Nineveh. While there were still consequences for disobedience, God showed mercy and grace to him through the fish and also giving him a second chance to do God’s work. In addition, the Lord was compassionate. This just shows that even though we are sinners, the Lord still loves us and seeks to restore our relationship with Him. It also illustrates that God still has a plan in the midst of our trials.

In the New Testament, I would pick Peter’s story of how he denied Jesus and then how Jesus eventually redeemed the situation and Peter was able to proclaim the Good News and stand up for His faith. God was patient with Peter and forgave Him. As a result, Peter learned from His mistakes and this allowed him to seek after God more.


2.Select question #1, 2 or 3 from page 231 and write a response.

Describe what is the most distinguishing attribute or set of attributes describing God’s character.

The set of attributes that are most distinguishing that describe God’s character include that God is personal, faithful, loving, holy, wise, and glorious. These characteristics reveal the love of the Father’s heart to us and also point towards righteousness. The Gospel points to these features. For example, God is personal and desires that we have a relationship with Him. Being personal allows God to be tangible and made known in a real way. In addition, the Gospel reconciles sinners to a holy God. This reveals His righteousness and the need for a personal savior. In Ephesians it says to be “imitators of God”. In other words, God desires that we reflect Him in all we say, do, and think. These qualities and attributes are ones that we should strive for and hope to share with those around us so that they can see the fullness of God. In being imitators of God, we live the Gospel out on a daily basis.
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Post by Amanda Middleton on Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:32 pm

Bethany Hutson wrote:1.If you had to pick two stories (narratives specifically, not just passages) from the Bible that best illustrate what God is like, which would you choose? Select one story from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament, then explain your choices.

In the Old Testament, I would pick the story about Jonah. Jonah was disobedient and ran from God when He asked him to go to Nineveh. While there were still consequences for disobedience, God showed mercy and grace to him through the fish and also giving him a second chance to do God’s work. In addition, the Lord was compassionate. This just shows that even though we are sinners, the Lord still loves us and seeks to restore our relationship with Him. It also illustrates that God still has a plan in the midst of our trials.

In the New Testament, I would pick Peter’s story of how he denied Jesus and then how Jesus eventually redeemed the situation and Peter was able to proclaim the Good News and stand up for His faith. God was patient with Peter and forgave Him. As a result, Peter learned from His mistakes and this allowed him to seek after God more.  


2.Select question #1, 2 or 3 from page 231 and write a response.

Describe what is the most distinguishing attribute or set of attributes describing God’s character.

The set of attributes that are most distinguishing that describe God’s character include that God is personal, faithful, loving, holy, wise, and glorious. These characteristics reveal the love of the Father’s heart to us and also point towards righteousness. The Gospel points to these features. For example, God is personal and desires that we have a relationship with Him. Being personal allows God to be tangible and made known in a real way. In addition, the Gospel reconciles sinners to a holy God. This reveals His righteousness and the need for a personal savior. In Ephesians it says to be “imitators of God”. In other words, God desires that we reflect Him in all we say, do, and think. These qualities and attributes are ones that we should strive for and hope to share with those around us so that they can see the fullness of God. In being imitators of God, we live the Gospel out on a daily basis.

I think the story of Jonah also shows that no matter how much we disagree with what God does, God is still good. Jonah didn't think that the Ninevites should be given a chance to turn away from their wickedness, but God still showed compassion to them. Sometimes we don't think that what God does is 'right' by human standards, but it doesn't matter. God doesn't function according to human standards. God is always good.
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