This is the last lesson in this series. The next Bible study will be posted on Thursday, September 8th. I will be posting on Thursdays instead of Sundays for the duration of Paige Benton Brown’s series on Elijah and Elisha. This post will be up for eleven days.
We’ve been considering during all of August the implications of Jesus’ prayer for us:
…that they may be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
This final week we’ll listen to Tim Keller and see what light he sheds.
Then, beginning next week we will do Paige Benton Brown’s study together. I do believe she is, as Keller says, the best teacher in America. Her anointed expositional teaching changes lives. She streams her teaching from her church on Wednesdays at 10 A. M. central time, and then the teaching is on You-Tube until the following Tuesday night. Many prefer to watch on You-Tube so they can pause her. She tends to speak for about 70 minutes, so I suggest about 15 minutes for 5 days, but you can pace yourself. Sunday will still be “God Hunt” Sunday where you simply share a way God has worked in your life in the last week. If you also want a reminder that Paige is teaching posted to your inbox, click here and follow the instructions:
God Hunt Sunday
1. How have you experienced the risenness of Christ in your life this last week?
Monday: Quick Review
2. Read again John 17:20-23
A. What have you seen so far in this prayer that has impacted you — and why? (Take time — review past 3 weeks)
B. Before listening to Keller, what do you think Jesus did not mean by “may all be one?”
Tuesday: Listen Up to 10:48 of Keller Podcast
3. What stood out to you and why?
4. Summarize Martin Lloyd Jones’ eye opening experience.
Wednesday: Listen Up to 19:14 of Keller Podcast (to the break)
5. What stood out to you and why?
6. What three ways should we be one according to Keller?
7. What difference did the Bosnian see between Christians in America and his country — and why?
8. American Christians have been divided over politics, over Covid — do you think it is possible that this may be why God is allowing more suffering to come to us than in the past?
9. Why should true Christians be able to share their problems? Do you?
10. Why should true Christians share truth in love? Do you?
Thursday: Listen to 28:30
This is the most important point, the one that Schaeffer makes in A Mark of a Christian. Keller refers to Bonhoeffer’s book about this passage: Life Together. This June I had a darling newlywed couple in my airbnb. They were reading “Life Together” on their honeymoon. I’d say they were off to a good start.
11. What stands out to you and why?
12. What did Bonhoeffer say Christians tend to do and why should the gospel change everything?
Friday: Listen to the end
13. Summarize Flannery O’Connor’s short story, explaining what happened to Ruby Turpin. How is this relevant to us?
14. What’s your take-a-way and why?
God Hunt Sunday:
Feel free to pray for one another or share as this post will be up until I post again this coming Thursday morning, Sept 8.