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The Integrity Crisis by Warren W. Wiersbe Preface What do you think about these statements: 1. I rather be a struggling Christian in an imperfect church than be a perfect sinner outside the church. 2. The church is like Noah’s ark: if it weren’t for the judgment on the outside, you could never stand the smell on the inside. ( church father)
Chapter 1 If you were asked to use ONE word to describe the condition of the present state of the church today, what would it be? 1. Revival? 2. Reassessment? 3. Ruin? 4. Renewal 5. Reproach?
If you look at other organization or preacher or other person you will miss the point. The book is about all of us and the crisis we are in. How do you feel about trying to same something that might lead to you being misunderstood The writer is not anxious that others agree with him; but that other bow and ask, “Lord, is it I”
Comment on the depth of the integrity crisis in the church as presented by the author (p.17) How is the secular world or non-church world reacting to the church’s crisis (p )? On what basis can the author assert that the whole church is involved (p. 18)? Try to take the opposite viewpoint regarding the state of the church (p ). How might you argue that the church is strong rather than weak?
Reproach In answer to this question, which of the five R’s (pp ) would you have used to describe the church today? Why? How do you feel about the author’s choice of the word reproach (pp. 16)? Why is the answer to the problem of scandal in the church not as simple as just a momentary focus or timing of events (p. 17)?
Regression Describe the two elements presently in conflict in the world that prevent an undivided universe pp. 20 The core meaning of integer is “a whole or complete entity and is the root for the word integrity. Put in your own word a person of integrity Give one illustration of being of a single heart. pp 22
Another example of a person with a single mind, including a testimonial of time when you were of a single mind. It is hard to demonstrate a single mind. But try to think of an anecdote that shows the ‘ single will principle in action Outline the process of moral and spiritual decay. Pp How could you encourage a new Christian to avoid this decay. Pp 24
For worship is the submission of all nature of God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness; the nourishment of mind with His truth; the purifying of imagination of His beauty; the opening of the heart to His love; the surrender of will to His purpose-and all of this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable and therefore the chief remedy for that self- centeredness which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin.