Review and Discuss

Quick Questions about Jesus Christ, Teresa of Ávila, and Singing Hymns

1. True or False: The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ are the core of all Christian teaching.
     True
     False

2. Using the Greek letters alpha and omega to describe Jesus teaches what?
     That He existed before time and will continue after time ends.
     That He is present among us all the time.
     That all writings about Him are inspired.
     That He exists in the written words about Him.

3. Which gospels do not record anything about Jesus' early life?
     Matthew and Mark
     Mark and John
     Mark and Luke
     Luke and John

4. True or False: Jesus' followers shared one economic and political viewpoint.
     True
     False

5. Teresa of Avila is best known for her contribution in what area?
     Archaeology
     Ancient Languages
     Scholastic debate
     Mysticism

6. What was going on during the life of Teresa of Avila?
     The British colonization of Australia (1788-1901)
     The Napoleonic Wars (1796-1815)
     The Spanish Conquest of the New World (1519-1549)
     World War I (1914-1919)

7. Which is not true about the song we call the Doxology?
     The writer translated it from a Latin hymn of the same name.
     The writer instructed his students that is should not be sung in public.
     The writer spent time in the tower of London for his religious beliefs.
     It was written in 1674 by Thomas Ken.

8. Augustine of Hippo is credited with which saying?
     The law of prayer is the law of belief
     The one who sings prays twice
     Faith alone
     The church reformed and always reforming

9. Which of the following is not one of the kinds of music listed in Ephesians 5:19?
     Psalms
     Hymns
     Spiritual songs
     Canticles

10. True or False: "Amen" is a Hebrew word that translates as "so be it."
     True
     False

Discussion Questions

The early church spent several hundred years of study and debate to develop the formula that we accept today to describe Jesus' divinity. How does that formula affect your understanding of your salvation and of God's care for you?

Jesus had people of widely different political viewpoints among his followers. Should the church stay silent on secular matters to avoid offending persons who disagree? Why?

Teresa of Avila was a reformer in the church. The Presbyterian Church likes to say it is the church reformed and always reforming. Why is reform always important within the Church?

Teresa of Avila experienced mystical visions as part of her ministry. How do mystical images and personal experiences of religious ecstasy relate to your faith?

If singing hymns is central to Christian worship, what does that say for persons who are not musical, who are deaf, or who cannot speak?