Two weeks ago, we heard a sermon in which Keller says unbelievers believe the lie of Satan: If you go God’s way, you won’t be happy! I know we believe it too, fearing surrender. Yet the truth is that with every death comes a resurrection — the way up is down! If we really believed that with our whole hearts, we would always overcome temptation!
In “Washed and Waiting,” Wesley Hill, who struggles with same-sex attraction, said that it was C. S. Lewis who helped him see “the lie of Satan,” and overcome it. As a celibate Christian Hill testifies to a life of great joy and purpose. He has ministered greatly through his books and his ministry as an Episcopal priest.
HERE’S MY CHALLENGE FOR ALL OF US THIS WEEK: EVERY TIME WE ARE TEMPTED, REMEMBER SATAN’S LIE (You won’t be happy if you go God’s way) AND OVERCOME IT WITH THE TRUTH: “With every death comes a resurrection.”
This week will not so much be about knowledge, for we do know this, but about putting it into practice! On Mon, Wed, and Fri. we’ll each check in on how we are doing.
1. What stands out to you from the above and why? Will you accept this week’s challenge and report?
2. How have you experienced the power or presence of God in your life this week?
Monday: THE TEXTS
3. Read John 5:16-23
A. Why were the Jews persecuting Jesus and how does He respond?
B. How does Jesus imply that God the Father works on the Sabbath? And that He is equal with God?
C. How does Jesus show submission to the Father?
D. How does Jesus explain that God the Father will honor Him?
4. Read Philippians 2:5-11
A. What mindset are we exhorted to have? Have you overcome temptation through this mindset yesterday or today? Be specific. (I’ll ask again Wednesday and Friday)
B. To what did Jesus submit and how is God honoring Him?
Listen to about the first ten minutes or until he references the Philippians text.
5. What stands out to you and why?
6. How did Keller sum up the life of Christ?
7. Keller told a story about peoples’ hesitation to use the lyrics of Bach. What was the story and the point?
8. Some say Jesus was a son of God that way we are sons of God. How do Keller and this passage refute that?
9. What point was Keller making when he said angels refuse worship?
10. Jesus was indeed, a prophet. But why isn’t that enough for us?
Wednesday: The Upside Down Life of George Matheson and Philippians 2
Listen until he begins his four points. (About 15 minutes in)
11. How are you doing with the challenge? Be specific.
12. What stands out to you from Keller in this part?
13. Try finishing these sentences:
A. The way to blessing is to _____________________
B. The way to greatness is to ____________________
C. The way to healing is to _____________________
D. What looks like suicide to man is _____________.
E. The way up is ____________
Read Matheson’s story and listen to his song. Then share your thoughts about his life & lyrics.
14. Share your thoughts.
Thursday: Submission and Trust
Listen up to when Keller turns to “See your life from a high vantage point.”
15. What stood out to you and why?
16. How did Keller make his point that submission doesn’t mean we won’t struggle?
17. How did he make his point that trust doesn’t mean knuckling under?
Friday: High Vantage Point and Joy!
18. How are you doing with the challenge? Be specific.
19. What stood out to you from this section and why?
20. What was his little boy’s illustration and point?
21. What’s your take-a-way and why?