remember a young man coming to see me when he had just left school and begun work in London. He had given up going to church, he said, because he could not say the Creed without being a hypocrite. He no longer believed it. When be had finished his explanations, I said to him, "If I were to answer your problems to your complete intellectual satisfaction, would you be willing to alter your manner of life?" He smiled slightly and blushed. His real problem was not intellectual but moral.
What are two or three of your biggest questions about Jesus Christ?
When you think of total commitment to Christ, what is most unsettling about the idea?
17As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit
1. What admirable qualities did the wealthy man display?
2. How did Jesus reveal the area of unwillingness in the man's heart?
3. When Jesus told the man to sell everything and give away the proceeds, the man responded immediately—by getting up off his knees and walking away. What do you think he had decided which made him do that?
4. Fear is the greatest enemy of truth and can paralyze anyone who searches for truth. How do you see fear—or apathy, pride, prejudice and sin—working in the rich man's life?
5. Where do you see those hindrances in your own life?
6. Jesus looked at the man and "loved him." What encouragement do you draw from Jesus' attitude toward this seeker?
7. Christ is very open about the cost of following him. What benefits does he promise for those willing to pay that cost?
The rich man asked Jesus a theological question but was not satisfied with the answer. How willing are you to hear and obey the answers Jesus gives to your questions about him?
Jesus went right to the point of the wealthy man's greatest obstacle to faith: he asked the man to give away his wealth. If you were that man, what do you think Jesus would ask you to do?
your mind and heart to God in Jesus Christ. Tell him that you are ready to be confronted by him no matter how unsettling or inconvenient it is.
Christ: Basic Christianity, Christian Basics Bible Studies
by John Stott. InterVarsity Press, 1994.