‘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.
Chapter 6: A chapter that starts with a serious testimony, Harris uses life stories to illustrate his utter dependence on God. This chapter particularly struck a chord with me because of the familiarity of the testimony. He writes, “I grew up being told that Jesus died on the cross for me. But for too long this information had no real meaning.” For me, this was a red flag to pay attention. I thought, I identify with what he just wrote and now he’s a pastor, I better pay attention to how he got where he is today. Then what does he do? He proceeds to reshape my attitude towards what Christ did for me on the cross, pointing me towards the gravity of the gospel (and sneaking in “theological words” without anyone noticing. Some words that he sneaks in there this chapter: atonement, trinitarian, holiness, justice, penal substitution, propitiation, etc). I love that. Outlining man’s total depravity and inability to achieve anything in the realm of spiritual holiness is a constant admission of utter dependence on our Lord. Josh says it best (which is why he’s the author and I’m the blogger): “There is a way to be good again. It is to trust in Jesus and his atoning death. To receive by faith his rescue. There is nothing you and I can do to pay for our sins. Our good deeds cannot cover them. Time will not make them fade. Only the blood of the Lamb of God can cleanse us, cover us, and rescue us from judgment.” Amen.
1. Did you ever wonder why Jesus had to die for your sins, or feel like it was “a gift you don’t really want or need”? Do you have a better understand of the cross now? How has it changed? (Pg. 98-102)
2. What shows that we have a wrong understanding of who God is most of the time? How does it need to change? (Pg. 102-104)
3. What do atonement and propitiation mean? Why are they both so important and so wonderful for us as believers? (Pg. 102, 112-115)
Next Week: Chapter 7 – “How Jesus Saved Gregg Eugene Harris”
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