"The one who was wealthy beyond words became poor for our sake. That is why we share with those who are hungry and thirsty. Those who are strangers and naked. Those who are sick and in prison." Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
Are you are an at-risk goat? Maybe you need to hear this word from Dr. Davis and figure out what way you want to go with your life. Don't delay; this really matters.
1) Describe the scene of judgment in Matthew 25.31-40, i.e., who is present, how are they described, and the setting, context, and environment. Who are the “sheep” and the “goats,” and how are they characterized in the passage?
2) What is the King’s reply to the “sheep,” i.e., how does the King describe their reaction to him as one who was hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, and in prison (Matt. 25.33-40)? How do they respond to his statement? How does he answer their question about himself and them?
3) What is the King’s reply to the “goats,” i.e., how does the King describe their reaction to him
"Affirm the truth: the Lord reigns." Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
Some people are bleakly-hopeful. Others are hopefully-bleak. Some both; some neither. God is sovereignly-sovereign. Oops; spoiler. Take a few minutes and watch the video and check out the questions.
1) Explain the significance of Paul’s doxology in Rom. 11.33: “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!” What is the implication of his unsearchable and inscrutable judgments and ways?
2) Why is it significant that no one knows either the mind or the Lord, has been his counselor, or has supplied him a debt, cf. Romans 11.34-35? 34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” What do these facts suggest about his freedom to act and to choose?
3) Describe the meaning of Paul’s statement regarding all things in Romans 11.36 (ESV):36 For from him and t
"Remember, think, and practice. You are a saint!" Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
Watch the video to remember, think about the discussion questions, and practice encouraging others with your thoughts on this message.
1) Who is the great multitude in Rev. 7.9-10, and what do we know of them? What do they cry out regarding the salvation of the LORD (v. 10)?
2) Describe the relationship between the angels, the elders, the four living creatures, and the multitude in the scene of God’s throne room (vv. 11-12). What is their action and their blessing specifically before God (v. 12)?
3) What is the identity of the great, innumerable multitude seen by John in his vision of the throne in Revelation 7? How does one of the elders describe who they are and what their destiny will be (vv. 14-17)?
4) Why is it important for us to remember the saints and affirm our union with them? What do you think is the effect of neglecting the saints in your worship, spiritual formation, and your prayers to
"The triune God, the LORD, is holy. Anything contrary to his holiness is rejected as contrary to his wholeness and goodness." Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
How can God be both infinitely Holy and our friend? Watch as Dr. Davis takes on a journey through the Mysterium Tremendum.
1) Explain the significance of Isaiah’s presence before the LORD on his throne in Isaiah 6.1-2. What elements of God’s person are evident from this vision of the LORD’s throne room?
2) Explain the meaning of what Isaiah heard said of the LORD in his vision of the throne room: “And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” (Isa. 6.3).
3) How would you describe Isaiah’s reaction to the vision of the LORD, and what is the implication of his reaction to anyone who comes into God’s presence or seeks a relationship with him (Isa. 6.4-7)?
4) What is the relationship between God’s holiness and wholeness and health? Do you agree with Tozer th
"Receive the love of God. Don't don't fight that love anymore. Yield to that love. Because if you do, as sure as as the sun follows the night so your life will become a channel, a vessel, of that love to others." Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
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1) According to John in 1 John chapter 4, why should we love one another (v. 7)? What does he say regarding those both born from God and those who know God (v. 7)? What does he say about those who do not love at all (v. 8)?
2) According to John, how was the love of God made manifest in the world, and what was its effect �(v. 9)? Why is it necessary for us to acknowledge that our love is not the ground of our relationship with God or with others (v. 10)?
3) What is the apostle John’s logic regarding the impact and power of the love of God, i.e., “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another” (v. 11)? What is true of th
"Grace changes everything. If you can accept the grace of God, it will change your life, change the way you view yourself, change the way you see so-called immoral and disgusting people. It will change you." Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
We hope that you enjoy this message from Dr. Davis. After you watch the video, please grace us with your thoughts.
1) What does Paul’s description of we “being dead in trespasses and sins” mean (Eph. 2:1)? In what way do the lost follow the course of this world under Satan’s power (v. 2)? In what ways do those who don’t know the Lord follow the course of the world, being children of wrath (v. 3)?
2) When did the rich mercy and great love move on behalf of us, those who didn’t know or relate to God (v.4)? What does it mean that we were “made alive together” with Christ (v. 5)? Explain our heavenly position in Christ described in v. 6.
3) What does God promise will occur in the coming ages, what will he show (v. 7)? Explain precisely how we who
"How can I relate to a God of perfect holiness and justice? And yet, he's willing to forgive me. And all he asks is that I acknowledge that I'm weak and needy, in his presence." Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
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1) What does the psalmist exhort himself to do in connection to the LORD (Psalm 103:1-2)? Explain the specific benefits that the psalmist says he should never forget, the benefits that spawn this blessing (vv. 3-5)?
2) List out the truths laid out regarding the Lord’s person and works, specifically in connection to our sins and our iniquities (vv. 6-10). How should this list of truths inform our understanding of who God is and how he relates to his people?
3) Summarize the comparisons in Psalm 103:11-14 regarding God’s love, the removal of our transgressions, his compass-ion, and our frame. How do these analogies inform us as to the depth, scope, and extent of God’s mercy and grace toward his own?
"I was rescued by the Lord. To be rescued by him is the greatest sign of his goodness in my life." Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
Explore goodness in this message from Dr. Davis. Testify to the Lord's goodness, and share your thoughts on these discussion questions.
1) Explain the significance of God inviting Moses up to the mountain, just after Moses pleads with God to show to him the glory of God? (Exod. 34:14). Why do you think God asked him to come alone, and early in the morning? What role do the two tablets play in this visitation?
2) What is the significance of this visitation from the LORD for Moses—explain the weight of this “private encounter” between the Lord and Moses?
3) How does the Lord describe himself in Exodus 34:5-7. What is the significance of these words being repeated throughout the Hebrew Bible, nearly verbatim? How can these help us understand their weight in speaking of the nature of God?
4) Read 2 Cor. 3:12-18. What was the impact of this visitation
"Every time the sun comes up I'm reminded of the faithfulness of my God. He is as faithful as the sun." Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
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1) Why does Jeremiah ask the Lord to remember his “affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall” �(v. 19)? Why ought we to petition the Lord to remember us during our time of trial?
2) What role does memory and remembrance play in our spiritual refreshment or discouragement (v. 20-21)? Explain the relationship between calling the Lord’s actions to mind and our hope in the midst of distress and pain?
3) How does the acknowledgment of the never ending character of God’s love and mercies help us while we endure trauma, suffering, or deep discouragement (v. 22)? How does Jeremiah describe the daily character of God’s mercies (v. 23a)?
4) How would you describe Jeremiah’s characterization of God’s faithfulness as
"Cry out to him, walk with him, let him lead you. He will never leave or forsake us." Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
Right where you are, please take a few minutes and check out this message from Dr. Davis.
1) Explain the significance of God asserting that he has searched and known us (Ps. 139.1). Why is this important, that God knows our sitting down, our thoughts, our lying down, and all our ways, even the words on our tongue and our life situation (vv. 2-5)?
2) Answer the question of verse 7: Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? What is the significance of God finding us in either heaven or in Sheol (v. 8)?
3) What is the extent of the Lord’s hand leading us and holding us (vv. 9-10)? What can we say about the darkness and the light in relation to God’s being and character (vv. 11-12)?
4) Name three implications that asserting that God is everywhere present should have on the way we view ourselves, our conditions, and our futures? Wh
"The levity and over-familiarity in our churches and in our Christian lives is a real token of our shallowness and our lack of understanding of who he is." Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
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1) How does the LORD address his people regarding his ability to be found, and his nearness to them (Isa. 55.6)? What is God’s advice to the “wicked” and the “unrighteous person” (cf. v. 7a)? What is the reason God says the wayward person should return to him (v. 7b)?
2) What metaphor does the LORD employ to describe the distance between his thoughts and ways and ours (vv. 8-9)? How does this metaphor illustrate the gulf between our being and the person and character of God?
3) What insights regarding God’s transcendence do we glean from the comparison of his word to the impact of rain and snow on the earth (vv. 10-11)? How does his purpose and desire relate to his word and its working in the world?
"Dream big, for nothing is too hard for God." Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
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1) What charge does God give his people in Ps. 62.8? Why does the psalmist say we should trust in him and pour our hearts out to him?
2) How does God describe those of both low and high estate (v. 9)? What do the metaphors and statements of breath, delusion, and lightness say about the nature of human life apart from God (v. 9)?
3) What specifically does God command his people to put neither trust nor hope in (v. 10)? What is the meaning of the psalmist’s statement: “power belongs to God, and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love” (vv. 11-12)? In your judgment, what is the best way to understand the concept of God’s omnipotence?
4) In the context of discussing God’s power, how should we understand the meaning of verse 12, i.e., “For you will render to a man according to his work”? Why should we never view omnipotence only
Discussion Questions 1) How are we to receive God’s words and treasure his commandments up in our hearts (Prov. 2.1)? How does one make her ear “attentive to wisdom” and incline “one’s heart to understanding” (Prov. 2.2)? Explain the meaning of “call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding” v. 3.
2) God promises wisdom to those who seek it in an extreme fashion, as if one seeks it like silver and searches for it as for hidden treasures (v. 4). Explain the character of such a search; why does he only respond to such an intense desire on our behalf to know his wisdom.
3) What promise does God give to those who seek his wisdom with such a radical, single-minded way, i.e., what will they understand and what will they find (v. 5)? What specifically is the fear of the LORD and the knowledge of God?
4) How is God described in Proverbs 2.4-8, i.e., what specifically is said regarding his connection to wisdom and truth? Why is God’s wisdom alw
"Because he knows all things, and because we know that he knows, dear friends, we can trust him. We are loved. We are cared for." Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
Refresh your soul with this great message from Dr. Davis. Encourage one another by sharing your thoughts on the discussions questions.
1) Why is God’s question “Have you not known? Have you not heard?” important in the context of Isaiah 40.28? What is the significance of the language in how God describes himself in that verse, i.e., “The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth” v. 28b? 2) How does God describe himself in terms of faintness and weariness (cf. v. 28c)? Explain the meaning of the phrase “his understanding is unsearchable” v.28d. 3) According to verse 29, to whom does God give power and increase strength? What is the implication of the statement that "Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted” v. 30. 4) What four assurances are given in �Isaiah 40:31? Why
Discussion Questions 1) What issue did the Israelites have in their thinking about their relationship with God following their exile? How did God reassure them of his faithfulness to them, and his commitment to keep his promise (v. 6)? 2) What did God say explicitly of himself to the remnant that returned to Jerusalem? What does the word immutable mean? What is the main implication of this for the children of Israel (v. 6b)? 3) Because God does not change, what does he exhort his people to do (v. 7)? What does the history of Israel reveal about their inability to keep their word to the Lord (v. 7)? 4) Why is it important to recognize that God’s immutability is not merely an abstract idea but a living principle that every disciple must embrace and practice? Explain. 5) “Because God does not change, I need to really count on him to ___________.”
"It strikes me when the Bible says that the heaven of heavens cannot contain him, and yet, he can be born, he can allow himself to be one of us . . . ." Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
Join us in watching the video and sharing your thoughts on these discussion questions.
1) Solomon began his prayer at the Temple dedication with an affirmation of God’s covenant faithfulness, and the fulfillment of his promise to David (cf. vv. 22-25). How did Solomon describe God’s uniqueness as a covenant-keeping God (see vv. 22-23)?
2) How does Solomon describe God’s faithfulness to David, i.e., how does the building of the Temple represent a promise kept to David (v. 24)? What does Solomon ask the Lord to continue to do regarding his covenant promise to David (v. 25)?
3) Summarize Solomon’s request for God to complete the fulfillment of his promise to his father David (v. 26). Why is it so important for us to recognize this characteristic of God, his ability and determination to fulfill his word t
"Not only will he keep me for the rest of my life and time, he will keep me for the rest of his existence." Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
Take the time to listen to Dr. Davis's message on The Eternity of God. Then come back and spend a moment sharing your thoughts.
1) Explain the significance of God being “our dwelling place in all generations” Ps. 90.1. How does this help us understand the correlation between our being made in the image of God, and God being eternal in his being? 2) How does Moses reflect on the status of God even “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world” (Ps. 90.2a)? Explain the phrase “from everlasting to everlasting you are God” (Ps. 90.2b). 3) How does Moses describe human being, our “return to dust” (Ps. 90.3)? How does Moses compare 1,000 years (10 full centuries) to the being of God (Ps. 90.4)? What does this suggest about God’s being and normal “clock time” that we experience? 4) What three metaphors are used in
1) Explain the testimony God gave regarding his people in Ps. 50.7. What role did sacrifices play in their relationship to God—what did God think of them (v. 8)? Why wouldn’t God accept any of their bulls or goats (v. 9)? 2) What statement does God make about “every beast of the forest” and “the cattle on a thousand hills,” v. 10? What does he say about all birds and all that moves in the field (v. 11)? What does God say about his “hunger” and to whom he would go, being found in that condition (v. 12)? 3) Summarize God’s command to his people in light of his supreme authority and power as God (cf. vv. 14). What does he promise to those who acknowledge his supremacy (v. 15)? 4) Why should we be wary of any view of God that makes him weak or in need of defense, help, or counsel? How can we better show our understanding that God is supreme and self-sufficient? 5) “Because God is supreme and enough for me, I can trust him today to help me to ___________.”
"Worship him who has no beginning and who has no need for anything; who gives life to all." Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
Check out the video, and share your thoughts on Dr. Davis's pondersome discussion questions.
1) What do you believe was Moses’ motivation in asking God of his name (Exod. 3.13)? Why is knowing God’s name so important in representing him before others? 2) How does God define himself in Exod. 3.14? What are some implications of God’s self-declared name as “I Am Who I Am?” Define the meaning of “the self-existence of God.” What does that suggest about his need for things outside of himself? 3) Why is it important to know that the “I Am” is precisely the same God as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Exod. 3.15)? Why is his acknowledgment that “this is my name forever,” and which is “to be remembered throughout all generations” so key in thinking about God? 4) How should knowing that God alone has life in and of himself affect the way we see ourselves? Why are a