Wednesday Night Recap

 

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Friends,

Wednesday we discussed chapter fourteen of  ‘Surprised by Joy’ — ‘Checkmate’

Lewis describes his conversion experience as ‘strangely unemotional.’ I can identify with Lewis. I have shared my testimony with you.  My conversion was largely an intellectual experience. Anne shared that as a young girl she had a quiet conversation with her minister. After that conversation she decided to join the church.  However, many of you shared the emotional nature of your conversion. Robyn recalled the moment as highly emotional. She experienced the love of God in an intense way that left with the certain knowledge that she had been transformed. Fran described reaffirming her faith at church service where she felt an overwhelming need to come forward to the alter and proclaim Christ.

Whether the Lord appealed to our heart or our mind we all agreed that we were changed. In the words of the Apostle Paul “the old was gone and the new has come.”

For the first time in his life Lewis saw himself as he truly was and what he saw wasn’t flattering.  Carroll said that Lewis discovered the simple truth that he was a sinner.  St. Paul reminds us that “there is none righteous, not one. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” Tom added that it is difficult for most to accept this truth, however, unless you do you not enter in to a relationship with Christ.

For Lewis the most difficult thing to accept was that he could no longer be in control — “…I had always wanted, above all things, not to be ‘interfered with.’ I had wanted (mad wish) ‘to call my soul my own.'” But God would not negotiate with Lewis, nor with us, God demands all. Lewis records “I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England. I did not then see what is now the most shining and obvious thing; the Divine humility which will accept a convert even on such terms. The Prodigal Son at least walked on his feet. But who can duly adore that Love which will open the high gates to a prodigal who is brought in kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape?…The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.”

Next week we conclude our study of ‘Surprised by Joy’ with a discussion of chapter fifteen — ‘The beginning’ Consider the following questions:

1) What is the connection between God and Joy?

2) Why should we obey God?

3) Why didn’t Lewis, initially, like going to church?

See you Wednesday night.

John

2 responses to “Wednesday Night Recap”

  1. John Miles says:

    So are you calling yourself and intellectual or a prodigal?

  2. jamie says:

    So are you calling yourself an intellectual or a prodigal?