1. Has there been a time when you experienced God's providence or design in your life? What were the events surrounding that situation which suggest it was controlled by some other force than chance or luck?
2. How could making choices according to the standards suggested by the Sermon on the Mount increase your potential for personal contentment?
3. Under what circumstances do people claim God is on a particular side? How or why might God disagree with those claims?
4. Have you ever wrestled with reconciling the existence of evil in a world created by a good and loving God? What conclusions or insights did you draw?
5. What about the world seems unfair to you and "cries out for ultimate justice?"
6. Johnson says, "There will be an ultimate and cumulative effect from the many choices we make in our lives." How do the choices you make affect yourself and others around you, if at all?
7. Do you agree that a world without suffering or death would lead to an increasingly smug humanity without worry or concern? Why or why not?
8. What about life after death seems real or unreal to you? Are there experiences in your life that suggest there might be life after death?
9. What words would you use to describe God's character? Have these character traits of God been evident in your life? How?