He is God and We Are Not by Ray Pritchard
Session One: God is God and We Are Not
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Lesson One: You are God and I am not
- Let's each share our name and one saying your mom or dad used to say-one thing your
parents nailed into your head. (2)
- This book is about some foundational principles of the Christian life. If you were to
attempt to write such a book, what chapter titles come to mind. Let's make a list on the
- Look at the Table of Contents. Did we get any of the ones Ray Pritchard came up with? (3)
- Page 72 - 73. Let's read out loud each of the verses in this reading. Let me ask four of
you to read the italicized verses in this reading.
- Let me draw you attention to Psalm 115.3. I would like for us to memorize this verse.
Let's say it five times out loud, with the reference. Then, I want to call on some
individuals to quote it individually.
- The third paragraph on page 73 tells the story of Nebuchadnezzar told in Daniel 4. What
did not acknowledging "God is God and we are not" affect Nebuchadnezzar?
- The questions near the end of page 73 is a good one. When did it become clear to you
that God does as he pleases?
- Day 2. Pages 74 - 75. Again, let's read the biblical texts out loud.
- Ephesians 1.11 says we are predestined. Does the Bible teach predestination? (4)
- Top of p. 75. Pritchard says that understanding God's sovereignty always leads to
praise. Is this always true? Could being confronted with the truth that God is God and
we are not lead to something else?
- What exactly does the word sovereign mean?
- Let's review Psalm 115.3. Who can say it?
- How do you spell sovereign? (5)
- Day 3. Page 75ff. Someone read the paragraph that begins with "2. He has the right to
deal with me any way he chooses." How does this make you feel? Does it make you feel
good or bad?
- On the whole, do you think God has treated you better or worse than average? (6)
- Point 7-page 77. God is not obligated to live up to my expectations or explain Himself.
Has God lived up to your expectations? Have you ever been disappointed with God?
Tell us that story. (7)
- Has God ever exceeded your expectations? (8)
- Let's review Psalm 115.3. Who can say it?
- Day 4. Page 78ff. Some one read the last paragraph on page 78-the one that starts
with, "As we consider who God is."
- In the middle of this paragraph we read this sentence: Down deep inside most of us
want to feel we are important and necessary. Let me push back on this a bit. Does the
Bible teach that we are not important?
- How does the Bible demonstrate that we are important? (9)
- Clearly, God can do anything He wants. But, He often works through people. Which of
these statements is closest to the truth:
- God almost always works independently of people
- God often works independent of people
- God usually works through people.
- God almost always works through people to accomplish His work. (10)
- Day 5. Page 80ff. Someone read the entire section under the heading SUBMISSION
AND PRAISE. I wonder if any of you have a story about how the truth of God is God and
we are not (11) got you through a train wreck. Tell us your story.
- Summary. The phrase, "God is God and we are not" is so obvious, it is almost
laughable. How could anyone possibly be tempted to believe anything else was true?
- What are the implications and applications of this truth? What difference would
embracing this truth make in your day to day life?
- What are the benefits of embracing the truth that God is God and we are not?
- What are the costs of not embracing the truth that God is God and we are not?
- What keeps us from embracing the truth that God is God and we are not?
- When did you first come face to face with the truth that God is God and we are not?
- How often must we face the truth that God is God and we are not? Is it a one time
realization, or a truth we must visit over and over?
- How can we pray for one another this week?
- Let's review Psalm 115.3. Let's all say it together.
1. You might cycle through these questions, asking a different one each week.
2. In the introduction, Pritchard talks about the idea that this book is about basic,
foundational truths of the Christian faith.
3. Always a good idea to review and preview. In addition to this week's lesson, preview
what is coming up and review what is behind you. Remind the group of the context.
4. Yes. The answer can't be NO. It teaches something about predestination. As this verse
illustrates, the word is in the Book. It is surprising how many Christians dismiss it out of hand.
R.C. Sproul calls predestination the doctrine everyone believe. You have to believe something
about it. You may not believe what R.C. Sproul believes about it, but you have to believe
something about it.
5. I mean this question to be read with a smile-a feeble attempt at humor. Skip it if you
don't think it will work.
6. Forty five miles south of my house, driving East on Interstate 10, you can look over the
Rio Grande River into Juarez, Mexico. Dirt roads and barely thrown together shacks on one
side. On the other side of the freeway and up just a couple of miles in Sunland Park mall, and
all the usual franchises surrounding it-Barnes and Noble, Best Buy, Olive Garden and so forth.
What a contrast. There is more to life than money, but anyone who has traveled to a third world
country has felt how profoundly blessed we are.
7. Try to create an atmosphere where people can get hones about their doubts. We want
to teach truth, but we want to do it in atmosphere of honesty.
8. If not, you have not fully grasped depravity, and the fact that if it were not for grace, we
would be deservedly heading to an eternity with out God. If you don't see the cross as
exceeding our expectations, we have not thought seriously enough about these things.
9. Important in that we are created in the image of God. Important enough for the Father
to give up the life of His Son so that he could forgive our sins and be with us. It is an amazing
truth, one that caused biblical writers to say, "What is man that you are mindful of him?"
10. We deal with this more next week; I wouldn't spend too much time on it.
11. By the way, I would intentionally say this phrase in its entirety over and over. Don't use
the shorthand of saying, "God's sovereignty." By saying over and over, "God is God and we are
not," in a variety of contexts and modeling that you want the group to use the whole phrase as
you discuss, you drive this truth deeper into their head. At the end of the day, this is what
people remember-phrases. We don't remember chapters or even paragraphs; we remember
phrases. Drive it home. Make it unforgettable.