Yesterday my family and I discussed the personal application questions that Wayne Grudem asks for Chapter 13, “The Character of God: ‘Communicable’ Attributes (Part 2),” of his Systematic Theology (Zondervan, 1994), which we are reading in our after breakfast Bible reading time. The day before our discussion I asked each member of the family to pick at least one question out of the eight asked by Grudem and answer it mentally in preparation for our discussion. Because three of us picked the same question, we had only two questions to discuss. In our discussion each person read the question(s) he or she had selected and shared his or her answer to it and then the rest of us commented on the question and/or the answer.
In one of the questions that we discussed we named some ways in which we could increase in power so that we could bring about results in the world that are pleasing to God. Ways that we named were reading the Bible, praying, attending church, fellowshiping with other Christians, reading inspirational books, and listening to Christian music.
In the other question which we discussed we expressed satisfaction with the way that God had created us, agreed that it was okay for us to feel happy over ourselves if we displayed our happiness in gratefulness to God but not if we displayed it in pride, and concluded that we would feel fully happy when (and only when) we reach Heaven.
We didn’t have time to read the Bible passage, Psalm 73:25-26, or the hymn, “If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee,” which Grudem suggests for the chapter.