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Week #6 - Knowing God Study Questions - Chapter 12

THE LOVE OF GOD


PURPOSE:

To try to fathom the love of God.


DISCUSSION:

1. Packer says that “to know God’s love is indeed heaven on earth.” What three points about God’s love does Packer highlight from Romans 5:5?

2. On page 118, what criticism does Packer level at contemporary Christians? How do you react to this charge?

3. To avoid misunderstanding John’s statement “God is love,” what other two statements must we consider in conjunction with it? How does each one of these statements help us to understand God’s love better?

4. Packer has just said, “’God is love’ is not the complete truth about God so far as the Bible is concerned.” What does he mean by the seemingly contradictory statement that “’God is love’ is the complete truth about God so far as the Christian is concerned”? How does the love of God make a difference in your life day by day?

5. Packer’s definition of God’s love on page 123 is: “”God’s love is an exercise of his goodness toward individual sinners whereby, having identified himself with their welfare, he has given his Son to be their Savior, and now brings them to know and enjoy him in a covenant relation.” What does it mean to say:

that God’s love is an exercise of his goodness?

that God’s love is an exercise of his goodness toward sinners?

that God’s love is an exercise of his goodness toward individual sinners?

that God’s love to sinners involves his identifying himself with their welfare?

that God’s love to sinners was expressed by the gift of his Son to be their savior?

that God’s love to sinners reaches its objective as it brings them to know and enjoy him in a covenant relation?

6. Read silently the section titled “Amazing Love!” on page 127. Where in you life has God’s love not had its full effect?


SUMMARY:

In your own words, what is the love of God? In you own experience, what does the love of God mean?



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Good morning Karen - thanks again for posting your reflections (faith testimony) on Chapter Twelve. Stan and I were blessed (as were all who joined us at the Harrison/Buchanan Wedding) this weekend as Jesus was honored in their wedding vows. And as most of us know who are married, love is only one attribute of marriage which is truly the case with our great God. Thanks for bringing that truth to my heart and I look forward to reading Knowing all of God along with you and others joining us on Monday nights. Thank you God for using love (your son Jesus Christ) to reflect to your children all of who you are. Amen. God bless all.

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Greetings Friends,

This is Karen Toews filling in for Miss Chris.

The love of God is perhaps the most prevalent theme of God through many venues from books to bumper stickers. The love of God is comforting and healing- to know the God of the universe loves us even as we sin and ignore Him. Unfortunately, this predomination has created a vacuum, minimizing the acknowledgement of His many other remarkable attributes. God's love is a reflection of all He is. I appreciate Dr. Packer's biblical presentation of knowing all of God.

Dr. Packer defines God's love in six pr0gressive statements: 1) God's love is an exercise of His goodness. 2) God's love is an exercise of His goodness toward sinner…

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