Session One

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Session One: What is the Bible? What is God Like? What is the Trinity?

Writing Prompt: Reflect upon Grudem’s method of developing ideas about God. What aspects of his theological process do you most appreciate? Are there emphases in his writing that are particularly challenging to you?

Wayne Grudem begins his brief study of Systematic Theology by first showing the authority of Scripture. While he acknowledges the Bible was written by man, he does show that it is still the very Word of God. He is careful to point out Scripture’s authority, its clarity, its necessity, and its sufficiency. I appreciate his thoughtful approach of discussing Who is God by starting with What is the Bible. Grudem then moves his discussion to the characteristics and attributes of God. Gurdem points out that much of what we know about God comes from His own description of Himself in His Word, the Bible. First and foremost, we can be certain that God exists and He is knowable. Grudem then gives very brief, simple descriptions of God’s omnipotence, omniscience, wisdom, and holy nature. He points out that God is independent, meaning that He does not need us or anything else in creation. He is perfect and content in and of Himself. However, He chooses to allow us to be important to Him. God is a relational God who delights in being in fellowship and community with us. God is also truthful and good. God can be trusted to keep His promises and fulfill His covenants. His goodness can be seen in His mercy and grace. God will show mercy to those in distress, and grace to those who deserve punishment. We can be imitators of God by being truthful in our words and deeds, and also by showing mercy and grace to those we come in contact with each day. Grudem does not shy away from discussing God’s hatred of sin. Our society tends to…...

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