Monday, September 5, 2011

Chosen By God, Session 2

This is the second in a six week study where I am posting a study guide to R.C. Sproul's classic lecture series, "Chosen by God." Feel free to use this however you'd like. This would make a great foundation for a unit on theology proper with a middle schooler or high schooler.

Lecture 2 - "God's Sovereignty"

BEFORE the Lecture:
  • Look up the word "sovereignty" in the dictionary. Write out a short definition in your own words. 
  • Look up the words "justice" and "mercy" in the dictionary. Write out a short definition of each in your own words.

Watch for answers to the following questions DURING the lecture:
  • What are the 4 things God could have done in response to Adam's sin, according to Dr. Sproul?
  • What does Dr. Sproul call one of the "greatest pitfalls" in Christian theology? (Hint: It's at about the 14 minute mark.)
  • Which of the 4 views of God's sovereignty does Dr. Sproul call "unChristian"?
  • Which view does Dr. Sproul call "universalism"? (Make sure you know what this term means. If you don't, ask your teacher.)
  • Which view represents Augustinianism?
  • What is the main objection to the Augustinian view? (Hint: It's at about the 21.5 minute mark.) Summarize this objection in your own words.
As you watch the lecture, also record 5 questions that you have about what Dr. Sproul says. These questions about be anything related to his teaching.

READ this summary of the lecture from the Ligonier web site:
As King of all creation, God exercises His sovereignty throughout the world. But how sovereign is sovereign? Are there realms in the created universe where God does not govern? Does God have the ability to save everyone? If He does, then why didn’t He? Dr. Sproul considers these questions in this message as he teaches us about the relationship between human freedom and “God’s Sovereignty.”

Now, enjoy the lecture.

AFTER the Lecture: 
  • Go over your answers and your questions with your teacher.
  • Discuss the difference between "justice" and "mercy" as it relates to salvation? Does it bother you that God hasn't done everything possible to save everyone?

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