How do you think the Isrealites found the faith to continue their journey to the Promised Land for forty years, even in the midst of the obstacles in their way?
God refers to Isreal as His "first-born son". Why do you think this is? What do you think of the comparison the author makes to Adam?
What do you think of circumcision as the covenant duty Abraham must perform? Does the author's explanation make sense to you?
God makes a promise to Abram, then makes a covenant with him. Why do you think God felt as though he needed to do this? What did you think of the form of the covenant?
We move quickly from Noah's fall to God's promises to Abram. Why do you think God chooses this method of repairing the relationship with humanity?
What do you think of the book so far? Are you seeing the Bible "in a whole new light"?
12/10/13 - After Adam and Eve's dishonesty, the world settles into immorality. Genesis 6:5: "The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of this heart was only evil continually." How do you feel about God's response to start over and clean the earth with a flood?
12/3/13 - What do you think about the idea that Adam was supposed to be 'guarding' the garden, yet the snake gets in anyway? And then, when questioned by God, does not take any responsibility. How can we compare that to today?
We did the exercise in the book (p. 12) as a family at the September Gen Faith session. How did reading the detail behind it help your understanding of the exercise? What did you think of this illustrative representation of Creation?
Ch. 34 - The Baptism of Jesus
2. John baptizes Jesus even though he does not fully understand why he must do so. Are there some commitments and obligations in which you have difficulty finding meaning? Why?
Ch. 35 - The Miracle at Cana
1. Do you believe it when St. Paul says that "eye has not seen, ear has not heard what God has ready for those who love him?" Have you had any life experiences that might reflect the truth of Paul's words?
2. Where are the six empty water jars in your life? Where are you finding difficulty holding onto hope and overcoming doubt? Have you asked Mary or Jesus for help lately?
Ch. 36 - Jesus and the Kingdom of God
1. How has your own understanding of "heaven" and eternal life grown since you were a child? What excites you? What troubles you? What unanswered questions do you have?
Chp. 31: 1 Thessalonians - A New Life of Holiness
4. Implicit in Paul's idea of disciples united with Christ in life and death is the Catholic doctrine of the Communion of Saints. What does this belief mean to you?
5.The belief in an immediate Second Coming was the cause of a great faith crisis in the infant Church. What are some of the issues at the heart of the faith crisis today?
Chp. 32: 1 and 2 Timothy - Building A Better Pastor
1. What are the most important responsibilities of a bishop today? Why?
Chp. 33: Revelation - The New Jerusalem
1. What do you think that heaven is like?
2. What are the most powerful experiences of peace, hope, love and joy in your life? How does it feel to think of them as glimpses of heaven?
"Bible Basics for Catholics" Book Study
After reading the chapters for each month, please post a few notes about your thoughts on the questions at the end of each chapter.