Extended Discussion / Devotional Thoughts on Story of Redemption 3.0 - C.S. Lewis' Story of Faith
The Story of Redemption Film Series has eight parts, with 4-5 videos in each part, each video being 5-6 minutes long. The series is designed to where this series can be gone through in eight weeks, with several videos being watched each week. However, each video can also serve as a stand alone devotional thought / discussion prompter. The questions below are for using the SOR 3.0 video (one of several videos in part 3 of this series) in this more extended fashion. CLICK HERE to begin watching the full series!
Using this Video as a Devotional Thought or in a (Seeker) Small Group
Questions to Ask
- C.S. Lewis grew up in a Christian home, but had many difficult faith struggles. What was your experience of faith growing up in your family?
- C.S. Lewis struggled with faith for many reasons, including personal pain, such as the death of his mother and difficulties with his father. What painful experiences have affected or shaped your faith?
- For a time, Lewis was an atheist--one who does not believe in God. What are the benefits and challenges of not believing in God? What are the benefits and challenges of believing in God?
- C.S. Lewis also struggled with his faith on an intellectual level, struggling to reconcile belief in God with the atrocities of World War I and "other (pagan) myths." What intellectual struggles do people have with faith today?
- C.S. Lewis had Christian friends in the "Inklings" such as JRR Tolkien who helped him explore his questions and doubts and come to faith in God. Who has God placed in your path that has helped you in your faith journey?
- Tolkien said that Lewis should not be bothered by pagan myths of a "dying God" who rose again that bore some resemblance to the Christian story, saying that this showed that God had placed the Christian story in the human heart. Where do you see the Christian story "echoed" in stories, movies, music, art, and literature?
- C.S. Lewis came to believe in Christ while riding to the zoo in the sidecar of his brother's motorcycle. He also had other "joyful" moments, where he saw or experienced something beautiful that caused him to long for a better world. What is a "joyful" moment for you when you gained a greater awareness of God and / or came to really believe in God?
- C.S. Lewis lost his wife, Joy, of only three years to cancer, after he had come to faith. What does this teach us about faith? What do learn overall about faith from Lewis' story?
Using this Video Series to Reach Out to Seekers (on an Individual Level)
- Step 1: Pray for your seeker friend, and ask God to bless your conversations and relationship with them.
- Step 2: Send Out This Video Link Through Social Media / Email
If sending through social media / email, send the link to this page out to a seeker friend with the following note: "Hi ________. I wanted to share this short video with you from a film series that I found. It seems to address some good questions about who God is and why we are here. I will follow-up with you in a day or two to see what you think, maybe grab some coffee and discuss a bit."
- Step 3: Reach out to Your Friend and seek to set up a time to get together socially to discuss.
- Step 4: Ask some of the above questions that come from the video when you get together.
- Step 5: Ask your seeker friend what you can be praying for for them
For Further Study - DOWNLOAD the .pdf of Part 3 in the Story of Redemption!
Discovery Bible Study - Make three columns on a piece of paper In column 1, write out the following verse. In column 2, write the verse in your own words. In column 3, write out how you will apply this verse this week.
"8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:8-10).
What do you learn about God and people from the following passages?
1 Thessalonians 2:13
1 Timothy 4:10