The following questions, prayer points, and life applications are designed to guide your book club deeper into the text of Power in the Name by Jennifer Kennedy Dean. In addition to these, the author includes discussion questions that are specific to each section throughout the book.
- How has the author’s expository on Hebrew naming, and her explanation of her own name, changed your thoughts about what a name signifies?
- What did you learn that surprised you the most in this study? What specific parts of the text were most striking to you?
- Did you have any preconceived notions about God’s name or the principles surrounding His name that are now corrected? Explain.
- Did you learn anything new about Hebrew history and culture? What?
- Has a fuller understanding of God’s name, particularly as He identified Himself as “I AM,” changed the way you see yourself and your calling? In what way?
- How has this study expanded your understanding of the “I AM” statements of Christ in the Gospel of John?
As you pray, call God by the names He uses to describe Himself, referring to your study as needed. Ask God to lead you into a fuller understanding of who He is, what He does, and His identity as it relates to you, His child. Ask Him to show you the next steps He would have you take after finishing this study.
Live it Out
This week, make a conscious effort to call God by some of the names He has revealed in Scripture when you pray. If you normally call Him “Lord,” or “Father,” use a different name. Remember, He gives believers the great privilege of using these names. Write these names down and memorize them, so that you can call them to mind quickly, remembering all that they stand for.