Questions: Chapter 2

  1. What are the differences between God’s moral will and God’s sovereign will?
  2. How should Christians respond to the mysteries we encounter in the Bible’s revelation about God’s sovereign will?
  3. Read the Scripture passages that tell believers how to respond to life’s difficulties (page 41). What are some of the “good purposes” of trials in our lives?  If it is true that our encounters with the hard things of life often produces that which is truly good, what are some ramifications of this dynamic for our experiences of singleness and marriage? Have you seen evidence of this principle in your own life? How?
  4. Review Julie’s experience with Brad (pages 35-36). Imagine that Joseph (Old Testament) and Paul (New Testament) could sit down and talk with her. What insights do think they would share to give her a more hopeful perspective?
  5. Both you and God have a part to play in Christian decision making. In that partnership, what is your responsibility and what is God’s role?  (Give careful thought to this question. Your answer will shape a great deal of your Christian experience.)
  6. What was the most significant insight you gained from reading this chapter?