Moving From Apathy to Joy

Moving From Apathy to Joy

Finding inspiration from Søren Kierkegaard.


At key periods in Virginia Stem Owens's life, she has found the writings of Søren Kierkegaard to be of great encouragement and challenge. She finds the 19th-century Dane a needed voice today in "stripping away the veneer of false security we so carefully protect."

In this study, we will zero in on the issue of true faith and challenge the adequacy of mere resignation toward God's dealings in our lives. While resignation can produce quiet acceptance, Owens believes that only faith can bring joy.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Genesis 22:1–19; Romans 4:16–21; 10:17; 1 Corinthians 2:1–5; 2 Corinthians 1:8–11; Hebrews 6:9–12; 11:1–2, 8–19


• The Issue

Sample questions:

Why does the church need—and at the same time resist—people like Kierkegaard who challenge the status quo?

According to Kierkegaard, what are some important differences between faith and resignation?

• The Scriptures

Sample Scriptures:

Genesis 22:1–19: What aspects of God's call and of Abraham's response seem to contradict our logic and common sense?

Hebrews 11:1–2, 8–19: What personal challenge or encouragement do you receive from Abraham's response to God?

• The Application

Sample application questions:

What do you feel are the key elements in moving from resignation to faith in your own life?

Over the years, what writer has had the greatest continuing influence in your life? Why?


A Faith that Trembles and Dances, by Virginia Stem Owens (July 1989, 8 printed pages)

Total number of pages

  • Word Document
  • SMG-CLBS49-D