Bk IV -- Ch 9 & 10
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Mere Christianity

Book IV
Ch. 9 - Counting the Cost

  1. Lewis further expands what "Be ye perfect" from chapter 8 involves. How does Lewis characterize the help God gives us with respect to Jesus' exhortation?



  2. Why was Lewis reluctant to go to his mother about his toothache?   How is God like  the dentist?



  3. Why should God's demand for perfection not discourage us?



  4. What is the only thing that can prevent God from bringing one of us to perfection?



  5. Many of us are content to be decent ordinary chaps and feel we are humble by aspiring to modest expectations. Why is this a (fatal) mistake?



  6. Why should Christians not be surprised to find themselves "in for a rough time"? What is happening in these situations?



  7. How does George MacDonald's parable of the house illustrate this process?



Book IV
Ch. 10 - Nice People or New Men

[Note:  This chapter was not one of the original radio broadcasts.]

  1. What might you suspect if becoming a Christian made no difference in someone's life?



  2. How do we make Christianity less believable to the outside world?  



  3. Why is it illogical to expect all Christians to behave better than all non-Christians?



  4. Choose one of the following biblical accounts of a good, or not so good, pagan (a non-Jewish, non-Christian person). How did God reveal himself to that individual? How did the person respond to God and exercise faith? 

    Rahab - Joshua 2:1-21 and 6:25; Hebrews 11:31  
    Ruth -- Ruth 1:1-5 and 1:15-18 and 2:2-12 and 4:13-17 
    Naaman - 2 Kings 5:1-16 
    Nebuchadnezzar - Daniel 4:4-8 and 4:19-37 
    the Magi - Matthew 2:1-12 
    Cornelius - Acts 10:1-8 and 10:21-36



  5. Using the example of the hypothetical Miss Bates and Dick Firkin, what role does temperament play? What does Christianity do with that temperament?



  6. Whether we are nice or nasty is of secondary importance to God. What is he "watching and waiting and working for" in our lives? Or put another way: What is "the question on which all hangs"?



  7. What is the danger for people blessed with financial wealth and/or natural abilities, good health and disposition?



  8. What warning does Lewis give to nice people? What encouragement does he give to individuals who struggle with less favorable heredity, temperament, upbringing, etc.?



  9. What is the difference between improvement and redemption? Which one are you seeking? Which does God offer through Jesus Christ?



 

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