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Greg Bahnsen (GB309) – Why Christian Ethics Matters!

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Bible Reading – 1Peter 1:13ff 

13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.


  • How important is obedience/holiness to God in salvation?
  • What is Bahnsen seeking to highlight by the THREE portraits?
  • What was the significance of the 1st portrait?
  • What spoiled the 2nd portrait? What was notably absent?
  • What was the characteristic of the third portrait?
  • Are the moral effects immediately noticeable with doctrinal slippage?
  • What are some of the (moral) characteristics of TODAY’s generation?
  • Is there even common agreement throughout culture regarding say the meaning of ‘marriage’?
  • What revolution occurred in just 30 years in American Christian culture?
  • Is the Christian Church CLEAR about the Bible’s teaching on crime/punishment?
  • What was Bahnsen’s point in drawing attention to the bumper sticker?
  • Which petition of the Lord’s Prayer is awkward for the contemporary Church?
  • What is the chief source of confusion regarding contemporary ethics among Christians?
  • What did Bonheoffer teach about God & the Christian life?
  • What was Leslie Dewart’s mistake?
  • What did H. Richard Niebuhr’s propose?
  • What was Joseph Fletcher so famous for in this respect?
  • Are the pronouncements of these (liberal) philosophers the main problem for the contemporary Church? If not who are??
  • Did CI Schofield advocate ‘law keeping’ in his Bible?
  • Which Church in 1972 taught a dispensational view of God’s Law?
  • Did the reformed scholar Henrick Hart recommend law keeping?
  • Is it possible to be ‘rule-free’ in life?
  • Why is Jeremiah 31:32 so relevant to our enquiry?
  • What is the essential difference between the New Covenant and the OT Sinaiatic Covenant?
  • Why is Ezekiel 36: 26-27 so relevant to our enquiry?
  • Why is Romans 8:1-4 so relevant to our enquiry?
  • Does the NT exhortation of Jesus to ‘love’ replace now the Christian’s obligation to obey?
  • Were the OT commandments different from Jesus’ NT commands?
  • Why is Matthew 5:17-19 so relevant to our enquiry? Are minor adjustments of God’s Law to be tolerated?  What did Jesus say?  Who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven?
  • The scribes & Pharisees faithful in keeping God’s Law ……. weren’t they?
  • What is, in fact, the Christian’s basis for acceptance before a holy God?
  • What is the source of power in the Christian life to keep God’s Law?