Read the italicized passages of Scripture in Chapter 11.
- According to historian Andrew Walls the centre of Christianity always moving? Why is this so (123-124)?
- According to Walls, Christianity is always moving away from power and wealth (125). Why do you think this happens? Do you see examples of that in the world?
- Some say that having wealth is a sign of God’s blessing. Others say that having wealth necessarily means that a person is far from God. What does Jesus say (127)?
- Jesus said to his disciples, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” What is Jesus saying about the likelihood of a rich person entering the kingdom of heaven (128)?
- Timothy Keller writes, “Jesus was saying that there is something radically wrong with all of us—but money has particular power to blind us to it” (128). How did money blind the rich young ruler? How does money blind us?
- What was the flaw in the rich young ruler’s idea of goodness (130)?
- When Jesus said to the rich young ruler, “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” How would giving away his wealth help the rich young ruler?
- Keller writes, “Christians… are people who know that their Christianity is impossible, a miracle—there’s nothing natural about it, it flies in the face of all one’s merits” (132-133). How does our moral worth get in the way of us entering the kingdom of God?
- Keller writes, “Here we see [the teacher of the law] coming to recognize what an impossible standard the law gives us—that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle that for a good man to satisfy the law. The closer he gets to seeing this, the closer he is to figuring out the gospel. If we concentrate on rules and regulations exclusively, we can begin to feel pretty righteous, but when we look at the heart attitude that the law really is requiring and getting at, we begin to realize how much we need grace and mercy” (135). What is the difference in the heart attitude of the rich young ruler and the teacher of the law?
- How is Jesus the true Rich Young Ruler?