Week 4 – Faith After Doubt Study Guide for Wednesday, 3/10/21
What were your overall takeaways from this week’s reading? What from these pages really stayed with you and why?
What were the most compelling passages for you in pages 131-158?
Did you relate to Brian’s friend Charis? (see pages 132-137)
– What seem to be her chief concerns?
- Do you share any of her concerns/desires? Which ones?
Which of McLaren’s responses to Charis resonated most for you? (see 133-144)
The Crux of McLaren’s argument seems to be articulated on pages 153-155. On the top of 154 he writes, “the only thing that matters is faith expressing itself in love.”
* Scour these pages – and others – to try to discern what he means by “faith expressing itself in love.”
Last week, particularly in Chapter 10 pages 123-27, we talked a lot about the distinction between faith and beliefs. According to pages 156-57, what happens to our beliefs as we enter Stage 4 of faith?
- Are there any beliefs you’d like to add to his list on 156-57 for reinterpretation?
Conduct a sort of summary of Stage 4 faith that includes the following:
- What are its hallmarks, its characteristics?
- Why do you think McLaren calls it “Harmony?”
- What do people most need to get from Stage 3 to Stage 4?
- What are the losses or sacrifices one needs to make to enter and abide in Stage 4?
Here is my BIG question that I’d really like your input on: How might a pastor shepherd his/her congregation toward or into Stage 4 faith?