“The Reason for God” Study Resources

Welcome to the resource page for chapters 8-14 of  “The Reason for God” by Timothy Keller.

Sermons for chapters 8 & 9

Evolution and Science – Timothy Keller

 

The Search for God – Timothy Keller

 

John Rutter’s Version of “The Beauty of the Earth” also gives a lovely accompaniment to the “clues of God” nature and beauty.

Please use these questions to aid in your preparation for discussion of “Intermission” and Chapters 8 & 9.  The questions are listed in order, as the ideas are presented in the chapters.  Answering the questions will help to assess your understanding of the material presented.  Some questions are easier than others, if you get stumped, just move on to the next question.  We will review the major concepts in our group and help each other understand the big ideas and apply them to our lives.

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Chapters 10 & 11

Study questions  for “The Problem of Sin” and “Religion and the Gospel.”  Chapters 10 and 11 are written much more practically and less philosophically than the previous chapters.  Please give them a try.

 

Sermon corresponding to chapter 10: “The Problem of Sin”

How Sin Makes Us Addicts – Timothy Keller

 

Sermon corresponding the chapter 11:  “Religion and the Gospel”

The Failure of Religion – Timothy Keller 

 

Chapters 12, 13 & 14 –

Reason Ch 12, 13 Questions 

Sermons corresponding to chapter 12: “The (True) Story of the Cross”

The Crucifixion – Timothy Keller

 

Converted by the Cross – Timothy Keller

 

Sermon corresponding to chapter 13: “The Reality of the Resurrection”

Converted by the Resurrection – Timothy Keller

Study Questions Chapter 14 and Epilogue

Sermon corresponding to chapter 14:  “The Dance of God”

The Second Lost Son (The Dance of God) – Timothy Keller

 

Grace, Truth & Love

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.  John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”  And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.  John 1:14-18

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.  Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ…  Ephesians 4: 11-15

Grace, truth and love.  Three concepts which are essential to the Christian witness.  I pray that you will find resources here to help you grow in your faith and strengthen your gospel ministry.

χάρις -charis 

Strong’s Greek 5485 – grace, as a gift or blessing brought to man by Jesus Christ; favor; gratitude, thanks; a favor, kindness.

ἀλήθεια – alétheia

Strong’s Greek 225 –  truth, but not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness.

ἀγάπη – agapé

Strong’s Greek 26 – love, benevolence, good will, esteem.