- This verse expresses a distinction that marks Christians and makes them anathema to secular thinkers. What is that difference?
- Secular thinkers believe that only what can be measured scientifically exists. When I told a secular thinker that Christ dwells in me, in the person of the Holy Spirit, he countered by saying that he had an invisible pet dragon, too. What would you say in response to that claim?
- At Jesus’ baptism, Mark says that the Holy Spirit “fell into” him. Later, when Jesus began to preach, Mark quotes him as saying, “The kingdom of God has come near.” Can you go near to someone and say, “The kingdom of God has come near?” Why?
- Secular thinkers actually believe that it is possible to separate the sacred from the secular. They believe that you can park your faith in the church building and leave it there, operating outside that building in a secular manner. Can you actually do that? Why? Or Why not?