King’s Cross by Timothy Keller – Chapter 3 – The Healing


Opening prayer

Read  the italicized passages of Scripture in Chapter 3.

Questions

  1. On p. 28, Timothy Keller writes “If someone says to you, ‘The main problem in your life is not what’s happened to you, not what people have done to you; your main problem is the way you’ve responded to that’—ironically that’s empowering.” Why is that empowering?
  2. What is the main problem of the paralyzed man in chapter 2 of Mark’s Gospel?
  3. Keller writes that the following statement from Cynthia Heimel took his breath away: “I think when God wants to play a really rotten practical joke on you, he grants your deepest wish” (p. 29). What is your response to that statement?
  4. According to the Bible, what is our real problem (p. 30)?  What does that look like?
  5. In The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C. S. Lewis describes how a selfish, mean boy named Eustace discovers a dragon’s treasure and becomes one himself.  Not until he allows the great lion Aslan to use his claws to remove the dragon scales was Eustace able to successfully shed his dragonish nature and become a boy again.  If Aslan is Jesus and we are Eustace, what is Lewis describing?
  6. When Jesus forgave the paralyzed man’s sins, the teachers of the law became upset and said to themselves, “Who can forgive sins but God alone?”  Were they right?  Please explain your answer.
  7. Jesus asks the question, “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take up your mat, and walk’?”  How would you answer that question? Why?
  8. Does Jesus have the power to give us what we want?
  9. What does he give us instead?
  10. Read the last two paragraphs of chapter 3.  What do we really need?

Closing Prayer

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