"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
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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
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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
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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
1) What final instructions did Paul give the Corinthians in 2 Cor. 13.11-13? Why do you think he emphasized the themes of unity and peace with the Corinthians? How might our own unity help prepare us to reflect on the unity of Godhead? 2) How do you see the ways in which Paul described the members of the Godhead: the grace of Jesus, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit (v.14)? What should we make of this summary of the members of the Trinity and their focus?
3) The doctrine of the Trinity is built on three concepts: unity, diversity, and equality. Summarize each concept and explain how it helps us understand God’s nature as both one and triune.
4) What roles should mystery and humility play in understanding the doctrine of the Trinity? Why must we acknowledge the limits of our reason when it comes to the being and person of God?
5) After reflecting on the triune nature of our God, I am led to affirm that ___________.
"Genuine worship offered to the Father must correspond both to his nature and to the truth." Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
We have so much good stuff for you today. Check out chapter 3 of A. W. Tozer's classic, The Knowledge of the Holy. Then check out Dr. Davis's message on John 4.19-24. After all of that, come back here and share your thoughts on these discussion questions. We can't wait to hear from you!
1) How did the Samaritan woman pose the question (John 4.19-21) regarding where Samaritans and Jews say we should worship? How did Jesus answer her, and what are the implications of his answer on those who would argue where we worship is the central factor in approaching God? 2) How did Jesus contrast the Samaritan view versus the Jewish view of where we ought to worship (cf. vv. 22). What did he promise, however, would happen in an hour that was coming (v. 23)? How do true worshipers worship God, and what does the Father desire from them? 3) Summarize the meaning of Jesus’ teaching
"This God, who makes the sun rise up every day, wants us to seek him and to know him." Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
Don't just blow by this like it's another cute animal video. Watch the message, and then dig deeper with these questions, forged by the mind of Dr. Davis.
1) How does God reveal his immensity and splendor in Isaiah 40.12? What has the Lord measured and marked off, and what does Isaiah say about what God has weighed? In contrast, who has measured the Spirit of the Lord, or shown him his counsel (v.13)? 2) What are the implications of knowing that no one has ever given counsel to the Lord, or "taught him the path of justice, and taught him knowledge, and showed him the way of understanding”, v. 14? What does this suggest about our ability to comprehend him and his ways? 3) To what does God compare the nations relative to the Lord in Isaiah 40.15? What is the sum total of the weight of the nations on the scales, i.e., how does God describe their significance? 4) Should
"Don't be afraid. Don't allow the things that you see over the airwaves to break your confidence. Our God is a God of purpose, and he knows what he's doing." Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
What is your role in this confusing world? Check out Dr. Davis's message, and then come back and share your thoughts on these discussion questions.
1) Explain the importance of Jesus’ appearance to his disciples on the mountain after his resurrection from the dead in Galilee. How should we understand their uneven response in meeting him? 2) Why is Jesus’ declaration that all authority is given to him in heaven and earth so crucial to understanding God’s mission? Why can no valid missionary activity move forward without affirming the lordship of Christ? 3) Summarize the meaning of each of Jesus’ commands in vv. 19-20 (i.e., going, making disciples, baptizing, and teaching). What is the significance of the mention of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in the outworking of the mission of God? 4
"Embrace what he has given. Be thankful; use it for the service of others in the body." Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
Thanks for watching the video. Pick a number between 1 and 5, and then share your answer to the corresponding discussion question below.
1) How does Paul consider the subjects of cursing Jesus (on the one hand) and confessing Jesus (on the other) to express one’s relationship to the Holy Spirit. How does this show that the Spirit is the source of true spirituality? 2) Do you agree with the following statement: “The Holy Spirit offers a variety of gifts, services, and activities to each member of the body, giving any gift he owns to whomever he will.” What does this suggest about who is eligible to receive the gifts of leadership and service? 3) Summarize Paul’s list of the gifts in 1 Cor. 12.8-11. Are these gifts representative of others, or the only ones available to us from the Spirit? Explain. 4) Why is Pentecost and the power of the Holy Spirit something that e
"If you have lost, if you are suffering, if you are going through things, if you have experienced difficulty, know for a fact, that God almighty loves you, he knows you. He just simply wants you to cast your care on him." Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
Take a look at the video, and then challenge yourself with these discussion questions (please share your thoughts).
1) Why should we not be surprised at the “fiery trial” we endure as if “something strange were happening to you” (v. 12)? What is the connection with our sharing Christ’s sufferings and the glory to come (v. 13)? 2) Explain Peter’s meaning of “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you” (v. 6). Why is it always wise for the child of God to cast all their anxieties on God (v.7)? 3) What does it mean to be sober-minded and watchful in the face of the devil’s adversarial stance against believers? How does Peter describe “our adversary the devil?” How does he advi
"May you trust our God to lead you today, and all the way home, to that day." -Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
After you watch the video, come back and share your answers to these discussion questions:
1) How does the Acts 17 text describe God as our creator and the source of our lives? How does the text explain humankind’s dependence on God and how he sustains all human life? 2) How does Paul explain to his hearers that God is the very life and source of us all �(Acts 17.27-28)? Explain Paul’s explanation of Greek poetry, “In him we live and move,” and “we are indeed his offspring” v. 28. 3) Summarize the phrase and concept that God has fixed a day to judge us all through Christ. Why can we say that God’s divine being is not determined by human imagination, v. 29? What does it mean to say that God commands all people everywhere to repent, v. 30? 4) How should we interpret the notion that God has actually fixed the very day when judgment of humankind will occur? How does Jesus’ r