Job 42:2 What does Job say about God?
Do you or did you ever think that you could hinder/stop/prevent God from accomplishing any of His purposes/plans, and why?
Prov. 16:4 What has the Lord made?
How do you feel about God making the wicked for the day of evil/punishment (Heb. “raah” – disaster, calamity) for the purpose of glorifying God’s justice, and why?
Isa. 46:10-11 What did God say?
How does knowing that when God purposes or plans something, He will accomplish or do it make you feel, and why?
Jer. 51:11-12, 29 What does it say about the purposes of the Lord against Babylon (Jer. 51:29)?
How do you feel about the fact that what the Lord purposes, He performs (Jer. 51:12), and why?
Acts 4:27-28 Who were gathered against Jesus?
And why were they gathered by God?
Could Herod, Pilate, the Gentiles, and Jews do anything other than what they did, and why?
How does God’s sovereignty (supreme power and controlling influence) affect what happens, Psa. 103:19 (e.g., Ex. 6:1)?
Acts 13:36 When did David die?
Do you think this is when all people die, and why?
Acts 20:27 What didn’t Paul shrink from declaring to the Ephesian people/church?
Do you explain to Christians whom you’re working with God’s whole purpose regarding salvation through Jesus Christ (Acts 20:24), and why?
Rom. 8:28 For whom does God cause all things to work together for good?
Did you realize that people who are believers/Christians are believers because God called them (Gk. “kaleo” – summoned, here, to salvation, Acts 13:48; 16:14; Jn. 10:16, 26-29; 6:44, 65) according to His purpose?
Rom. 9:11-12, 16 What determined the fact that the older twin, Esau, would serve the younger twin, Jacob, and why?
On what basis wasn’t Esau selected to serve Jacob?
Do you think this was fair/just of God, and why (Rom. 9:14-15)?
Rom. 9:17 For what purpose did God raise up Pharaoh?
How do you feel about God using people in this way (hardening a person’s heart/will so that he/she makes evil/sinful choices, but are actually part of God’s perfect will – Rom. 9:18), and why?
Does Rom. 9:19-21 change your thinking in any way?
If so, how?
2 Cor. 5:4-5
God prepared Christians for the purpose of obtaining eternal, glorified, spiritual-physical bodies (1 Cor. 15:42-44) like the resurrected Christ had (Phil. 3:20-21), after they are resurrected from the dead at the time of the Rapture (1 Thes. 4:13-17), and God gave them the Holy Spirit as a pledge/deposit guaranteeing this promise. How does knowing this make you feel, and why?
Eph. 1:4-5, 11 According to what, have believers obtained an inheritance (in heaven, 1 Pet. 1:3-4), having been predestined (to become believers, be born again, sons/children of God, Eph. 1:5; Jn. 1:12-13)?
If you’re a believer/Christian, are you glad that you’re going to heaven because it was God’s purpose for you rather than for you to spend eternity in the lake of fire?
That the church (Christians) is to make known the manifold wisdom of God (that believing-in-Jesus-as-Savior Jews and Gentiles are in one spiritual body now, called the Church, Eph. 3:6; 2:11-16) to rulers and authorities in the heavenly places (angelic beings, both demons and good angels, Eph. 6:12; 1 Pet. 1:12) is in accordance with what?
If you’re a Christian, aren’t you glad that you’re now one of God’s chosen people and part of God’s wise plan?
Phil. 1:27; 2:2
Conducting ourselves as Christians in a manner worthy of the gospel (i.e., living a holy life) and standing firm in one spirit/purpose, with one mind/passion striving together for the faith (spreading) of the gospel is the one purpose that all Christians are to be intent on. Are you intent on this one purpose, and why?
1 Thes. 4:3, 7
The purpose for which God called/summoned people to Himself to become believers (children of His) includes their sanctification (being separated from sin and unto God, here specifically, from sexual immorality/impurity).
If you’re a Christian, are you fulfilling God’s will and purpose for you in this area of life, and why?
2 Tim. 1:8-9 On what basis didn’t and did God save and call/summon people like Timothy and Paul (to salvation, eternal life in heaven)?
Have you been saved and called on this same basis?
If so, how do you know?
What was God trying to show to the heirs of God’s promise (i.e., believers, Gal. 3:9) by making both an oath and a promise to Abraham regarding the fact that all the nations of the earth would be blessed in his seed (Jesus Christ, Gal. 3:16)?
Aren’t you glad that God didn’t change this purpose of blessing (with eternal life in heaven) people from all nations who would put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior?
1 Jn. 3:8 For what purpose did the Son of God, Jesus Christ, appear (come to earth)?
If you’re a Christian (born of God, 1 Jn. 3:9), has Christ destroyed (put an end to) the works of the devil (practicing/habitual sin) in your life, and why?
Rev. 17:6, 12-13, 16-17 Why will the 10 kings (the heads of 10 countries) who support the beast (the Anti-Christ, the political world ruler) and the beast himself get rid of the harlot (the apostate, false religious system)?
What do you think about the fact that God puts things/ideas in people’s hearts/minds/wills to do in order to execute His purpose, and why?
Lam. 2:17 In the first part of this verse, what does it say the Lord has done/accomplished?
Do you see by now that what the Lord purposes, He carries out?
[In this case, it was the destruction of Jerusalem and the captivity of Judah (Lam. 1:3; 2:5, 9), just as the Lord had predicted because of her sin and idolatry (Lam. 1:8, 18; 2:14).].
Just as the Lord purposed to do harm to Israel and Judah (Zech. 8:13) for their sins and idolatry (Zech. 7:11), what did the Lord purpose at this point to do to Judah in the future?
Have you ever thought about what the Lord has purposed to do to you if you persist in sin and idolatry (giving excessive devotion in terms of time, thoughts, energy, and resources to sports, money, music, computers, job, a relationship, etc.)?
Should you, and why?
Jer. 23:20 When will the anger of the Lord turn back?
Have you ever been aware of the Lord carrying out the purposes of His heart on you in this way (expressing the consequences of His anger on you for sin in your life)?