For some reason the audio I recorded for this class was deleted... but it was a great class here are the notes:

Don’t Waste Your Life.

Chapter 4 Magnifying Christ through pain and death.

I.       Introduction

    1. Two Books

      1.”Why Suffering” by Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale

      2.”The Cost of Discipleship” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

                  B. Paul’s letter to Philippi

                  C. The world’s view of pain and death

                              1. God can not exist

                              2. This becomes a moral dilemma. (pain and suffering assumes evil, evil assumes a moral law with which to determine good and evil, a moral law requires a moral law giver. If there is no moral law giver then there is no moral law, no moral law means there is not any way to determine good and evil, so who’s to say what’s good or bad?)

A few statements from Bonhoeffer in his book Ethics: The knowledge of good and evil is therefore separation from God. Only against God can man know good and evil. 

He interprets himself according to his possibilities, his possibilities of being good or evil, and he therefore conceives himself to be the origin of good and evil.

 Originally man was made in the image of God, but now his likeness to God is a stolen one. As the image of God, man draws his life entirely from his origin in God, but the man who has become like God has forgotten how he was at his origin and has made himself his own creator and judge.

This does not mean that he has acquired new knowledge in addition to what he knew before, but the knowledge of good and evil signifies the complete reversal of man’s knowledge, which hitherto had been solely knowledge of God as his origin. In knowing good and evil he knows what only the origin, God himself, can know and ought to know.

To know good and evil is to know oneself as the origin of good and evil, as the origin of an eternal choice and election.

      II.     Christ magnified through pain and death (a life not wasted) 

  1. Taking up our cross Mark 8:34
  2. Bearing the cross Luke 14:27
  3. What about the change.
  4. Bonhoeffer (“When God calls a man, he bids him come and die”)

(It’s not about the execution, but what the execution represents. The wages of sin is death. We are now living proof of what Christ died for.) Page 63

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      III.    Paradoxes (pages 63-64) rejoice in suffering

  1. 2 Corinthians 6:10
  2. Paul’s Passion
    1. 1 Corinthians 2:2
    2. Galatians 6:14
  3. If we know how to die well, we will know how to live well. If Christ is not made much of in our lives, they are wasted. We exist to make Him appear in the world as what He really is ----- Magnificent!

      IV.    Shame as treasure

  1. Christ honored through us
  2. Dying to magnify Christ (what will be said of you when you die?)
  3. Peter’s input
  4. Philippians 1:23 (to die is to be with Christ)
  5. Living Well (fruitful labor)

Christ will be praised in my death, if in my death He is prized above life.

    1. Producing fruit in ourselves
    2. Fruit in others
    3. Increasing faith (He is all we need)
  1. Dying everyday (“Holy Sweat” by Tim Hansel)

Quotes from Tim’s book: The Christian life is not what it seems. Oftentimes we can become (sometimes without even being aware of it) committed to our own happy idea about the Christian faith. We become addicted to comfort and convenience, the good life, convinced it is somehow related to the truth of scripture. Deep down, e want to believe that if we’re Christians we should be good people and good things should happen to us.

Some of us really believe that the point of Christianity is to look good and have a good Christian reputation. But the kingdom of God is a life-changing, life-transforming experience. It’s more than just nice.

We often hear that Daniel’s faith got him out of the lion’s den, but we forget that is also what got him into the lion’s den.

    1. comfort
    2. security
    3. reputation
    4. health
    5. family
    6. friends
    7. wealth
    8. Homeland (If we were no longer a free nation would it affect your position in Christ?)
    9. Read Jeremiah 17:8 “no fear when the heat is on”
  1. Making much of Christ
    1. James 1:2-4 ( Steve Camp He covers me) though the trials never end I’ve learned to take them as my friend. ( SCC bring it on)
    2. Handling loss shows our beliefs
    3. Running from pain is wasting life
    4. No matter where we find ourselves our faith can’t be shaken.
  2. much of you by Steven Curtis Chapman
  3. Conclusion
    1. sacrifice vs. suicide
    2. God’s promise and design 2 Timothy 3:12
    3. The Calvary road