August 20, 2023 | Resources | Discussion | Adult by James B. Angus, Jr.
Lesson 3: Jesus Loves God
(Genesis 1-2; Deut. 6:4ff)
August 20, 2023
- Genesis 1 and 2 present two different perspectives on the creation of the world and humanity. How do these accounts differ in their sequence of events, and what theological implications can be drawn from these variations?
- What are some of the key theological themes presented in Genesis 1 and 2? How do these themes shape our understanding of God, humanity, and the natural world?
- Deuteronomy 6:4 contains the Shema, one of the most significant and central prayers in Judaism. It begins with "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one." What does this declaration mean in the context of monotheism, and how does it shape the foundation of the Jewish faith? How might this verse be relevant for people of other monotheistic religions as well?
- Following the Shema, Deuteronomy 6:5 instructs believers to love God with all their heart, soul, and strength. How do you understand the idea of loving God wholeheartedly? How can this love for God influence our thoughts, actions, and decisions in our everyday lives?
- Passing Down Faith: Deuteronomy 6:4-9 emphasizes the importance of teaching God's commandments diligently to the next generation. How can families and communities apply this principle today? What are some practical ways to pass down faith and spiritual values to younger generations in a world with changing cultural and societal norms?