It is one thing to be virtuous when we live comfortably, but crises show our true character. Two firsthand accounts of life in World War II prison camps reduce human nature to a manageable size for study. How well would we have done under similar circumstances? How well do we do today? This study will explore how suffering reveals what is in our hearts.
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:33–34; John 6:35; 14:1–4; Romans 5:3–5; 7:21–25; 8:32; 10:12; 1 Corinthians 3:22; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 2:4
• The Issue
Why doesn't being a Christian automatically cure us of being selfish?
When we fail to live up to the standards of the "new creation," does this mean Christ's death was of no effect in our lives?
• The Scriptures
2 Corinthians 5:17 and Philippians 2:4 - According to these verses, why and how are Christians to be different from the unconverted?
Romans 5:3–5 - How does Paul say character is developed?
• The Application
Sample application questions:
Must difficult situations always bring out the worst in us?
What are some specific ways you can exercise self-sacrifice for the sake of others this week?
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• Laboratories Of The Soul, by Rodney Clapp
Total number of pages – 13