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Relationship With Jesus
The Key To Effective Ministry

Assignment 14

What Is Required to Know
God’s Will for Your Life

  1. Read Chapter 10 in Section 4 while answering the questions at the beginning of the Chapter.

  2. Memorize the following Scriptures:

    Galatians 5:24 "Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires."

    Psalm 27:8 "When You did say, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, O Yehovah, I shall seek.’"

    Jeremiah 29:11-14 "‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares Yehovah, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.’"

  3. Read Chapters 2 and 3 in Section 2 of Schaeffer's book The God Who IsThere; and Chapters 4 and 5 in his book Escape From Reason found in The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy and answer the following questions related:

    The God Who Is There: Section 2, Chapter 2

    1. What did you learn from Chapter 2 in Section 2 of Schaeffer’s book TGWIT?
    2. Schaeffer talks about despair beyond despair. What is this second level of despair?
    3. Why is this dichotomy a more profound form of despair?
    4. If man tries to deny antithesis in his world view, what is the end result in himself?
    5. Being that the philosophers, artist, poets and musicians cannot stand in the honest integrity of their despair on either level (that of nihilism or that of a total dichotomy between reason and meaninglessness) what third level of despair has this led to?
    6. How is this manifested in new theology?
    7. Even though there is no meaning behind what these men say, why do they speak optimistically any way?
    8. Why is Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) the first real mathematician?
    9. What did Leonardo try to do with art?
    10. Did he succeed?
    11. Leonardo died in despondency. Why?
    12. Explain the difference between Nature and Grace?
    13. The struggle concerning nature and grace was the struggle to find a meaning for these together. What is the only answer to this?
    14. Why has modern man failed to solve the problem of the struggle of nature and grace?
    15. Modern Theology also has rejected Biblical revelation and tried to build a theology on rationalistic and humanistic thinking. What has been the end result of this?
    16. Schaeffer Makes a distinction between Modern Theologies faith and Biblical Christian faith. Explain these differences.
    17. 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 3

    1. What did you learn from Chapter 3 in Section 2 of Schaeffer’s book TGWIT?
    2. What is the cause of modern man’s tention?
    3. The Biblical Christian does not have this Tention. Why?
    4. What does Schaeffer demonstrate about modern men like the artists Bernard Berenson, Paul Klee and Salvador Dali?
    5. 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 4

    1. What did you learn from Chapter 4 in Schaeffer’s book EFR? 2. What did Kierkegaard’s (1813-55) existential leap do to nature and grace?
    3. What are we left with?
    4. What does Schaeffer mean when he says in the humanist context man is dead?
    5. What did Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-80) teach?
    6. What is the Problem with this position?"
    7. What did Jaspers (1883-1969, Switzerland) teach?
    8. What is the problem with this position?
    9. What did Heidegger (1889-1976, Germany) teach?
    10. What is the problem with this position?
    11. What is the difference between Renaissance, Reformation and Modern man?
    12. What did Karl Barth teach?
    13. What is the problem with this position?
    14. What does the Reformation and the Bible teach in contrast?
    15. What happens when you separate the spiritual truths of Scripture from the verifiable historical and scientific truths of Scripture?
    16. Neo-orthodoxy uses religious words like resurrection, crucifixion, Christ, Jesus. What is the problem with their use of these words?
    17. Why did people like Aldous Huxley take drugs? 18. 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 5

    1. What did you learn from Chapter 5 in Schaeffer’s book EFR?
    2. Describe the dichotomy that has developed between ‘nature’ and ‘freedom’ since the time of Rousseau.
    3. Modern man tries to say all is relative and apply it to all of life. what area of education can the concept of relativism not be applied to and why?
    4. Heidegger could not accept his existentialism and changed his position--after he was seventy. He placed poetry in the upper story, but not based on content. Why did he do this?
    5. Malraux (1901-76) in his earlier life wrote books showing the death of the absolute. He did not live consistently to this. How was this manifested in his life?
    6. Picasso tried to create a universal by means of abstraction. What was the problem with this means of expressing a universal?
    7. What did Bernstein try to do with music that Heideggerdid with poetry? What was wrong with this?
    8. In connection with the death of the absolute, why is pornography becoming harder and harder to restrain in all of its forms?
    9. 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 15
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