Theology Matters: “Changed, Changing, To Be Changed” (Ch. 8)

‘Theology Matters’ is a blog series on the Asian American Christian Fellowship at UCLA’s book study of “Dug Down Deep” by Joshua Harris. In this series I will be posting updates, reminders, thoughts, and study questions all about the book.

First, I wanted to share some news about our author, Joshua Harris. I would like you, the reader, to please be praying for his mother, Sono Harris. Just a few weeks ago she was diagnosed with stage IV cancer. It started in here colon and has spread to her liver and the base of her lungs. Please be praying for her and the Harris family as the hold on to the Lord and his sovereignty. You can find out more about it here.

Chapter 8: I love when books have drawings. Especially bad drawings, haha. Harris used drawings to illustrate our sinful flesh and how we need to starve our flesh in order to conquer it. This is the process of sanctification, the process of becoming more and more like Jesus. In this chapter we look at how we as Christians should fight sin, fight flesh, and improve throughout God’s sanctifying will for us. Harris makes an important distinction: “This isn’t to say that our good works earn our salvation—we are saved only by grace (Ephesians 2:8). But the way we live proves the reality of our salvation.” This is a particularly applicable chapter to many of us in AACF. It’s a legitimate concern. We need to know how to starve our flesh and why we do it. This is a chapter for all of us.

Study Questions:

  1. What is sanctification and what does it show? (pg 151) How is God growing you to become more like Jesus presently?
  2. What is “already” and “not yet” principle that Harris refers to? (pg 153)  And what response does that elicit from us in terms of fighting sin and knowing of our sanctification – aka are you feeding or starving your “flesh”? (refer to the pictures!)
  3. How do you ask another for forgiveness?  How do you ask God for forgiveness?  And thus do we have a “clear, Bible-informed view of sin” and forgiveness?
  4. What is the difference between conviction and compliance/conformity especially in Christian culture today?

Next Week: Chapter 9 – “I Believe In The Holy Spirit”

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