If Grace Is True
by Philip Gulley and James Mulholland
CHAPTER 1: The Dilemma
- Do our theological formulas keep us from being gracious to the “Sallys” of the world, whose life experiences make it difficult for them to believe in a loving God?
- A friend once observed about another person, “He’s a better man than his theology.” Do you believe one’s religious beliefs could make him crueler than he would otherwise be?
- Are there instances when we might be more gracious than God? If so, what does that say about our understanding of God?
CHAPTER 2: Trusting Our Experience with God
- Can you think of any revelation from God that has ever happened apart from your own or someone else’s personal experience of God?
- Why do you think some people are reluctant to believe their personal experiences of God are trustworthy?
- Do you believe some people’s experiences of God are more valid than other people’s experiences? Why or why not?
CHAPTER 3: The Character of God
- Has your understanding of God changed over the course of your life? If so, what prompted those changes?
- If God is love, is it appropriate to reject any understanding of God that isn’t ultimately loving and gracious?
- Can our understanding of what constitutes holiness cause us to be ungracious at times?
CHAPTER 4: The Will of God
- What do you believe is the primary will of God?
- Do you believe God is the cause of every act?
- Do you believe God is free to reject our rejection? What might that mean?
- Is it possible to “wear out” God’s patience?
CHAPTER 5: The Salvation of God
- What does it mean to be saved?
- Do you think God required the spilling of blood in order to save anyone? Why or why not?
- Does it undermine Christianity if we no longer speak of Jesus as the sacrifice made on our behalf to appease God’s wrath?
- How else might we understand the crucifixion and the role of Jesus?
CHAPTER 6: The Persistence of God
- As a child, who were you told was going to hell? Why? Do you believe that?
- Do you believe death is the final word, or can God’s love transcend the grave?
- Who do you imagine will be seated next to you at the Great Banquet?
- Who do you need to forgive? What keeps you from that?
- From whom do you need to seek forgiveness? What keeps you from that?