Class Notes: God’s Will & Making Decisions

I am teaching a Bible Study class this summer with Jeremy Dimmitt entitled, “God’s Will & Making Decisions.” We pray this will help Christians to understand and discern God’s will for their lives.

Class Notes:

Class Syllabus

Session 1: What is the Will of God? (DeYoung: Ch 1)

Session 2: How to Understand God’s “Calling” (DeYoung: Ch 2-3)

Session 3: Discerning God’s Will (DeYoung: Ch 7-8)

Session 4: Overcoming Doubt (DeYoung: Ch 4)

Session 5: The Way of Wisdom (DeYoung: Ch 5-6)
Session 6: Knowing God’s Will in Life

Session 7: Balancing Priorities & Taking Risks (DeYoung: Ch 9-10)
Risk-Taking and the Cause of Christ (Piper: Ch 5)

Our main textbook is:

Just Do Something: How to Make Decisions Without Visions, Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, Wet Fleeces, etc. by Kevin DeYoung.

We are also referencing the following books:

Borgman, Brian S. Feelings and Faith: Cultivating Godly Emotions in the Christian Life. Wheaton: Crossway, 2009.

Friesen, Garry. Decision Making and the Will of God: A Biblical Alternative to the Traditional View. Colorado Springs: Multnomah, 1981.

Guinness, Os. The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purposes in Your Life. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2003.

Guinness, Os. God in the Dark: The Assurance of Faith Beyond a Shadow of Doubt. Wheaton: Crossway, 1996.

Jensen, Phillip D. and Tony Payne. Guidance and the Voice of God. Kingsford NSW, AUS: Matthias Media, 1997.

Okholm, Dennis. Monk Habits for Everyday People: Benedictine Spirituality for Protestants. Ada, MI: Brazos, 2007.

Petty, James C. Step by Step: Divine Guidance for Ordinary Christians (Resources for Changing Lives). Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 1999.

Piper, John. Don’t Waste Your Life. Wheaton: Crossway, 2010.

Veith, Gene Edward, Jr. God At Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life. Wheaton: Crossway, 2002.

Waltke, Bruce K. Finding the Will of God: A Pagan Notion? Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002.

Wingren, Gustaf. Luther on Vocation. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2004.