C. S. Lewis - The Silver Chair
April 24, 2019 Speaker: The Rev. Brian K. McGreevy
THE SILVER CHAIR:
Questions for Reflection
- In what ways might we, even as Christians, live in Experiment House today in terms of our beliefs and our behavior?
- What would be some of the good reasons Eustace could have used to rationalize not speaking with Jill in the first place, or even more so, being vulnerable with Jill? How does self-protection sometimes block our ability to live out God’s will for us?
- Why does Eustace cite specific examples of his having changed when he is talking with Jill? Is he bragging? Why is his behavior relevant to his change of heart, and what can we learn from his example in our own lives?
- Do we truly believe there is no other stream? In what ways can we give lip service to that idea while living otherwise?
- How can we move from having a victim mentality in our personal lives and instead work to be honest and accept responsibility for our own sins and their consequences as we seek to repent?
- Do we truly believe that living just for comfort and economic success is wrong? What is the alternative? How can we recover a sense of Vocation in our lives?
- Are we engaged in a purposeful life that is making a difference in the Kingdom of God? How would we know and if need, how would we begin to change?
- How convinced are we about the primacy and necessity of the Word of God in living our lives? How can we live into a Word-centric approach in our day to day routines? What would be the result?
- We live in a culture obsessed with defining identity. Eustace boldly stands for Caspian and Aslan. How can we more courageously stand for Christ individually and as a body, and define our identity in terms of belonging to Him?
- How can we become more sensitive to the ways that sin, both large and small, hinders us from following the Word of the Lord so that we may repent?
- It has been said that the role of the church is to “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Why is comfort such a deadly enemy of boldly following Christ, and what can we do to avoid being hindered and distracted by it in our own lives?
- Scripture is clear that the Body of Christ needs all of its parts, and that no one part is more important than another. Why is having all of the parts of the Body, including those who are very different from us, not only important but necessary to carrying out the work of the Gospel? How are we hindered when we do not walk together?
- How can we develop a stronger sense of discernment about Evil? Why is our culture so susceptible to the “frog in the kettle” syndrome? What is the standard for determining what is evil versus good in our culture?
- How can wise counsel help us avoid dangerous outcomes? What is the standard for determining whether counsel is wise? What keeps us from seeking wise counsel?
- What does it mean to be “wise in your own eyes”? How is this related to the Biblical idea of remembering from Deuteronomy 6 that we discussed in class recently?
- What does the desire for comfort do to Eustace and Pole? What are the consequences in terms of the Signs and the Quest? What is the analogous danger of comfort for Christians today?
- In what ways can we be naive in the face of Evil? What is the standard, and what can aid us in discerning between Evil and Good?
- How does neglecting the Signs (Scripture) put us on the slippery slope? Why are we then more likely to find ourselves in compromising situations we never sought out?
- What is the difference between guilt and conviction? What are the roadblocks we can encounter on the road from conviction to repentance that keep us mired in our situations?
- Does Scripture promise that following Christ will make us healthy, wealthy, and comfortable and protect us from suffering? Where does this false impression come from and how is it harmful to us? to the cause of the Gospel?
- Why is encouraging fellowship such an essential element for living into the Quest/God’s plan for our life? Why are we so often tempted to go it alone? What is the risk of so doing?
- What can we learn about reading Scripture and its applicability to us and our needs TODAY from the example of “UNDER ME” and Puddleglum’s refuting of Rilian’s argument:
Is it not the merriest jest in the world that you should have thought these words were written to you? This was like cold water down the back to Scrubb and Jill; for it seemed to them very likely that the words had nothing to do with their quest at all, and that they had been taken in by a mere accident.
"Don't you mind him," said Puddleglum. "There are no accidents. Our guide is Aslan; and he was there when the giant King caused the letters to be cut, and he knew already all things that would come of them; including this.”
- Why is Plato’s Allegory of the Cave so very relevant for our culture today? What myth about reality are we in danger of believing, and what is the result if we do so? How can we resist this dangerous temptation?
- Puddleglum and the children display a remarkably deep faith in Aslan and the Signs, putting their lives on the line in so doing. What is the result of their obedience, and what might have happened if they had disobeyed? What can we learn from their example about following God’s Word?