3. Questions for group discussion
(or individual reflection)
(1) Dorsett emphasizes that to Lewis, Scripture is the litmus test of the validity of all other sources of Divine guidance. For example, in a situation where a woman encountered clergymen who denied the truth of Mary’s virginity before the birth of Jesus, Lewis urged her not “to collect the opinions of individual clergymen, but … read Mathew and Luke I and II.” What is your approach for resolving questions about Christian doctrine and how we should live our lives as followers of Christ? [STSP, pp. 52-53
(2) Dorsett discusses an interview Lewis had six months before his death with Sherwood Wirt, editor of Decision magazine. In the interview, Lewis was asked “What is your view of the daily discipline of the Christian life—the need for taking time to be alone with God?” According to Dorsett, the context of the question was a debate at the time about whether an emphasis on spending daily time in Scripture and in prayer placed a “yoke of legalism” on people. Lewis responded to Wirt’s question:
We have our New Testament regimental orders upon the subject. I would take it for granted that everyone who becomes a Christian would undertake this practice. It is enjoined upon us by Our Lord; and since they are His commands, I believe in following them. It is always possible that Jesus Christ meant what He said when He told us to seek the secret place and close the door.
Do you agree with Lewis that daily routine of prayer and Scripture reading is not a yoke of legalism but simply obedience to Jesus? [STSP, pp. 65-66]
(3) What steps might a Christian take to establish or improve a daily discipline in these areas? Have you found any particular resources helpful to you in maintaining this discipline, e.g., a Bible reading plan such as the one incorporated in The One Year Bible or a daily devotional such as Scripture Union’s Encounter With God?