- I assumed Ralston’s problem in 127 Hours would be the boulder crushing his arm, but after seeing the film I realized that the actual problem for Ralston was something internal.
- Do we really believe that our actual problem is internal (i.e. we are sinful), or do we still operate as though our real problems in life are external and circumstantial situations we face?
- Do we really believe that other people’s main problem is internal, or do we think that their main problems are external and circumstantial situations they face? How does the answer to this question formulate our engagement with our friends and the culture at large?
- Irreligion – I am not really a sinner and there is no God (or gods), therefore I can live how I want because I am the ultimate authority for my own life.
- Religion – I am a sinner, and even though there is a God (or gods) and Christ may (or may not) have died for me, I must ultimately save myself through my own works.
- Gospel – I am a sinner and I can’t save myself, but Christ lived a sinless life, died for my sin, and rose from the dead. When I cry out for Christ to be the Lord of my life and to save me, he will turn and rescue me. I am saved from the power of sin in my life, and also the consequences of sin before God through accepting Christ’s work in my place.
[Please note that these three points are borrowed from Timothy Keller’s “Gospel in Life” Bible study, pages 14-30.]