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Relationship With Jesus
The Key To Effective Ministry

Assignment 13

Walking in the Spirit
As Related to Discipleship

  1. Read Chapters 8 and 9 in Section 4 while answering the questions at the beginning of the Chapters.

  2. Memorize the following Scripture:

    Galatians 5:16 "But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh."

    Philippians 2:12-13 "So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure."

    1 Corinthians 15:58 "Therefore, my beloved brethren be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord."

  3. Read Chapter 5 in Section 1 and Chapter 1 in Section 2 of Schaeffer's book The God Who Is There; and Chapter 3 in Escape From Reason, both found in the book The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy and answer the following questions related:

    The God Who Is there:  Section 1, Chapter 5

    1. Did any of you come across an article, movie or television program which you felt communicated the modern philosophy of all is relative, there are no absolutes or antithesis, there is no right or wrong? Share with us what you found?
    2. What did you learn from Chapter 5 in Section 1 of Schaeffer’s book TWIT?
    3. What led to the line of despair?
    4. What unifying concept did this lead too?
    5. Why is Christianity, according to Schaeffer, realistic and not romantic?
    6. Why is it so important that the church does not play with the methodology of synthesis?
    7. Why is the message of salvation definitely antithesis and not synthesis?
    8. The Church has medled with synthesis. As a result we have lost power over society with the message of the Gospel. What are we going to have to do as the church if we are to have power in influencing society again?
    9. What is the meaning of the title of this book?"
    10. What ideas in your own belief system have been changed from what you learned in this chapter and how have they been changed?

    The God Who Is there:  Section 2, Chapter 1

    1. What did you learn from Chapter 1 in Section 2 of Schaeffer’s book TGWIT?
    2. Naturalistic Theology tried to find a historical Jesus after first doing away with the supernatural. What were the end results?
    3. Having rejected the Reformation base of the Bible on naturalistic presuppositions and having failed on finding a unified solution through rational and logical frameworks, which way has modern liberal theology chosen to take?
    4. Why did theology follow philosophy in this tremendously important step?
    5. Why has theology gone below the line of despair?
    6. Why else is modern theology failing?
    7. What ideas in your own belief system have been changed from what you learned in this chapter and how have they been changed?

    Escape From Reason:  Chapter 3

    1. What did you learn from Chapter 3 in Schaeffer’s book EFR?
    2. Why is it that Christianity, rather than other religions, was what motivated the development of modern science?
    3. What did Francis Bacon say about the fall of man, Science and religion?
    4. What did these early scientists believe that present science denies?
    5. When nature became totally autonomous (locked in a closed system) what did it lead to?
    6. What is determinism?
    7. To what extent was Rousseau fighting for freedom in the upper story?
    8. What is autonomous freedom?
    9. What does ‘antithesis’ rest on?
    10. What is the difference between early modern science and what Schaeffer calls modern modern science?
    11. What does determinism destroy?
    12. The twentieth-century pornographic writers all trace their origin to the Marquis de Sade (1740-1814). A generation ago, if anyone was found with one of his books in England he was liable to have difficulties with the law. Today he has become a great name in drama, in philosophy, in literature. Why?
    13. What did this naturally lead to?
    14. Prior to Hegel, all philosophic pursuit had proceeded something like this: someone had tried to construct a circle which would encompass all of thought and all of life. One man after another said other’s systems failed at this while their’s did encompass all of thought and all of life. By Kant’s time the rationalistic rational possibilities are exhausted. What did Hegel (1770-1831) teach?
    15. How has this effected children’s education today?
    16. How does Schaeffer define man’s rebellion against God?
    17. Hegel hoped for a unified field of knowledge through synthesis and relativism. How did Kierkegaard differ from Hegel in this regard? 18. What is it that Kierkegaard taught?
    19. What ideas in your own belief system have been changed from what you learned in this chapter and how have they been changed? 

  4. Be prepared to go over answers to questions, recite Scripture and anything else mentioned above.

Assignment 14
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