Lesson 9: The Existential Perspective: Intending Good
Section 1: Importance of Motives




I. Importance of Motives

A. Concept

  1. Complex

  2. General and Specific

  3. Known and Unknown

B. Necessity

  1. Heart

  2. Hypocrisy

  3. Virtue



1. Make sure you have memorized Dr. Frame's definition of Christian ethics and of an ethical judgment (see lesson one).

2. What are the two senses of the term "motive"? Which sense is Dr. Frame using in this lesson? What elements are included in a "motive" in this sense?

3. What does Dr. Frame mean when he says that motives are complex? That they can be general or specific? That they can be known or unknown?

4. How does the lesson define the biblical use of the term "heart"? How is the term "heart" related to the terms "mind," "thoughts," "spirit," and "soul"?

5. Explain the story of how Paul rebuked Peter in Antioch? What bothered Paul?

6. How does the lesson define "virtue"?

7. What two key motives for obedience are studied in this lesson?

8. Make sure you are familiar with the contents of the following Bible passages:

Deuteronomy 6:5-6
Galatians 5:22-23
Matthew 12:35
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Hebrews 11:6



1. Do you normally consider your inner motives when you evaluate your ethical judgments? Do you think it is important to take them into account?

2. Is it easy for you to analyze your motives? How can you feel free to be honest with yourself about your motives?

3. When you think of your "motives" in the sense of inner dispositions, what are some your weaker areas? How can those be changed? Does this consideration drive you to seek Christ's help? Write down your reflections.

4. Did any of the Bible passages speak to you in a special way? Explain why.

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