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He is God and We Are Not by Ray Pritchard
Session Six: There Is No Growth Without Struggle
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Lesson Six: There Is No Growth Without Struggle




  1. Jesus said, "my yoke is easy and my burden is light." What did he mean by that? Ray Pritchard says that he didn't mean that Christian living is easy. What did He mean?
  2. What was the "hard life" that Jesus was contrasting? (2)
  3. Is there any sense in which Christian living is easy?
  4. Let's memorize Matthew 16.25. Let's say if five time together, then let me ask five of you to say it individually.
  5. How can it be that we find life by losing our lives?
  6. Someone read the quote in the margin of page 133. Who has a story that illustrates this point?
  7. In the middle of this page, Pritchard warns of taking on a victim role. What are some examples of language that indicate we are playing the victim?
  8. Why is it bad to play the victim?
  9. What progress can be made spiritually as long as we play the victim?
  10. Why do people play the victim, if we can't make progress doing so? What is tempting about playing the victim?
  11. What is the opposite of being a victim? (3)
  12. If we could come to the point of admitting that we tend to play the victim, how could we get over that tendency?
  13. Who can quote Matthew 16.25?
  14. Day 2. Page 134ff. The title of this day's reading is, "struggle is normal." Is this saying we shouldn't long for, or want, or desire a struggle-free life? Is Christian maturity about letting the desire for a struggle-free life die?
  15. What are the benefits of embracing the idea that life is a struggle?
  16. Isn't it a little obvious that life is a struggle? Why do we need to be taught this?
  17. The first sentence on page 135 reads, "We ought to praise God for the war within." Has Ray Pritchard lost his mind? What in the world does he mean by that?
  18. Who can quote Matthew 16.25?
  19. Day 3. Page 136ff. Someone read James 1.2. How do we do that? How do we count it all joy? (4)
  20. Someone read Philippians 4:4 - 7. (5) How many commands, and how many promises do you find in this passage?
  21. Day 4. Page 138ff. I need a volunteer-someone who has a struggle that you don't mind us talking about. Let's work through the five steps and apply them to our volunteer's struggles. (6)
  22. Day 5. Page 139ff. Without looking at the book, what are some reasons for struggles in the Christian life?
  23. Now, look at the paragraph at the top of 140. Did we miss any that Pritchard mentions?
  24. What is the lesson of the carpet mill found on page 141? Review that story.
  25. A great summary verse for today's lesson is Romans 8.28. Can anyone quote that from memory?
  26. Who can quote Matthew 16.25?
  27. How can we pray for one another this week?

1. You might cycle through these questions, asking a different one each week.

2. Perhaps not the best worded question I ever framed. "The life of the Pharisees" is what I am fishing for.

3. Being a student, or, taking responsibility for your own life.

4. One thought is to start with baby steps-start with the speed bumps and work your way up to the train wrecks.

5. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philip. 4:4-7 [NIV]

6. If you can't get a volunteer, you might make one up. Suppose someone struggles with money. You might ask: How could we apply these five principles to money problems?



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