Sunday, May 23, 2010

Great Questions to Ask Yourself from Vince Antonucci’s, I Became a Christian and All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt

Normally, all the material on my blog is my own writing. But I just finished reading Vince Antonucci's book, and these questions really made me stop and think. So here goes:

Great Questions to Ask Yourself from Vince Antonucci’s, I Became a Christian and All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt: Replacing Souvenir Religion with Authentic Spiritual Passion, p. 190-191

Is it possible that there’s something about the Jesus life you’re missing?

• If I feel most alive when I’m watching a movie or playing a video game or reading a book or watching sports, if those are consistently the best parts of my day, what does that say about my life? Shouldn’t it be more exciting to live my life than to watch someone else live theirs?

• In the Bible Jesus led his followers into dangerous places. Do I often find myself in dangerous places? And if not, what does that mean?

• Despite being completely righteous, Jesus attracted the worst of sinners. Are sinful people drawn to me, or are they put off by my so-called righteousness?

• When Jesus came into contact with people, their lives were radically transformed. Are people’s lives changed by knowing me?

• Do I have sinful habits I can’t seem to shake? Why?

• What do I dream about? What does my mind automatically turn to? What should it?

• Would the people who know me best say my life is characterized by love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control?

• Do I read the Bible and pray because I can’t wait to spend time with God or because it’s what I’m supposed to do as a Christian?

• And why do I skip my Bible and prayer time on weekends or when I’m out of town? Is that time really just a habit, a part of my routine, or is it the sacred conversation it’s supposed to be?

• Am I living in a safe Christian bubble? If so, why does the world scare me?

• What do I use to escape from my problems? Why do I need to escape from my problems at all? Shouldn’t Jesus help me handle them?

• Do I serve because I get to or because I have to?

• Do I get upset about things in a way that is disproportionate to their importance?

• What are the top items on my current wish list?

• The word Christian literally means “little Christ” – so am I a Christian or do I just call myself one?

• Why isn’t Jesus enough for me?

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