Phase 2, Part 2:
“Becoming a Lowlife”
- Page 71: “Jesus’ harshest words are aimed at hypocrites, and the second harshest at the people who are primarily concerned with possessions. He says that power, prestige, and possessions are the three things that prevent us from recognizing and receiving the reign of God…The only ones who can accept the proclamation of the reign are those who have nothing to protect, not their own self-image or their reputation, their possessions, their theology, their principles, or their certitudes. And these are called ‘the poor’…” What is your interpretation of these words?
- Page 72: “The pursuit of ascension is crippling and has stunted my faith more than any other evil I’ve battled.” What hinders your faith? How do you combat that?
- Jen asks a series of questions on page 72, about interactions with others, relationships, and confessing her addiction to the ascent process. Have you asked similar questions before? Describe how her words impact your thoughts about ascent vs. descent.
- Page 73: “Getting to the top requires someone else to be on the bottom; being right means someone else must be wrong. It is the nature of the beast.” In your striving, has this thought crossed your mind? How do you feel about this?
“Get Off Your High Horse” –Jesus
- Jen describes her struggle, her emotions, in dealing with ascent vs. descent on pages 75-76. Can you relate to her descriptions? How so?
- “Every new conviction was like a dagger.” This sentence brought to mind the Sword of the Spirit in Ephesians 6:10-20. How has the Word of God pierced you in your journey? Have you felt and/or heard God speak to you through His Word? How have those interactions impacted your faith walk?
- Page 77: “If the kingdom of God belongs to the poor, the bottom dwellers, then rich American Christians are going to have the hardest time finding it.” On page 78, she writes, “…but we have to conquer the diseases of greed and ego, which are notoriously harder to cure.” Here, she also references Matthew 19:24 “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” Have you viewed yourself as rich before? When reading scripture about the rich, have you related to the rich man? This has been very eye-opening for me as well.
- Page 81: “’I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.’ (John 15:19, NKJV) Get used to it.” How have you experienced this hatred?
- Page 82: “Jesus redefined the nature of greatness…” How does Christ define greatness?
- In closing, how are we living a different life? (refer to page 83)