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Lasting change is promised to those who seek out God. Here, J. I. Packer, author of the Christian classic Knowing God, leads you into 12 passages from the Old and New Testaments that will move your heart and mind to take in more of God.
Getting the Most Out of Meeting God
This section introduces the topic, explains the structure followed in each study and offers tips for those approaching the study on their own as well as those participating in a group.
Who Is God?
Paul told the Athenians that he would make known the “unknown god.” How do Paul’s words to his Greek audience challenge your own assumptions about who God is?
God Reveals Himself
Why was Moses so concerned about God’s presence being with and going with Israel?
The Father & the Son
After Jesus said that the disciples had seen the Father, Philip still asked to see the Father. What had Philip failed to grasp?
The Spirit & the Son
What contrasts did Jesus make between the disciples’ present and their future? What will change when the Counselor comes?
Why do you think God challenges us to compare him to counselors, nations, idols, princes and rulers?
God Is Love
Verse 7 seems to imply that every person who loves is God’s child, regardless of beliefs. How do you respond to that idea and why?
1 John 4:7-5:5
Holy, Holy, Holy
What do you think it means to say the Lord is holy? How did Isaiah react to what he saw and heard?
God’s Wonderful Goodness
Each scene in this psalm begins by describing a calamity and a cry for help. Why do we so often have to hit bottom before we cry out to God?
God is called “our Father” ten times in the Sermon on the Mount. How does our relationship with the Father provide the context for understanding Jesus’ teaching?
The Lord Is King
What did Nebuchadnezzar need to learn about himself? Why would it be especially easy for someone in his position to become proud?
God’s Severe Mercy
Our God is not only a loving Father but also a consuming fire. What is there in your life that you would like him to “consume” and destroy?
Think about any times you have been at a loss about how to pray. How did you handle that? Why should we be encouraged by the Spirit’s prayers for us?
Total number of pages - 64 pages
J. I. Packer is Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also serves as contributing editor to Christianity Today. Packer’s writings include books such as Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God, Knowing God, Knowing Christianity and another LifeGuide® Bible Study, Abiding in Christ (with Carolyn Nystrom).
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