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The Prodigal God -- Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith
by Timothy Keller © 2008 (Dutton: New York, NY). [139 pages] All rights reserved.
[Answer 7 of 10 questions correctly to receive
4 hours of Continuing Education credit].


Chapter One -- The People Around Jesus (p. 7-16)
1. In Luke Chapter 15, why were the Pharisees and teachers of the law upset with Jesus?
a. because Jesus did not rebuke sinful practices.
b. because Jesus had become more popular than the Pharisees.
c. because Jesus was eating with tax gatherers and sinners, a Near East custom of acceptance.
d. because Jesus would not eat a meal with the Pharisees.

Chapter Two -- The Two Lost Sons (p. 17-28)
2. Which of the following was NOT typical of ancient Middle East customs?
a. The younger son asks for his inheritance while his father was still alive.
b. The father divides his property and gives 1/3 of it to his younger son.
c. The father runs to greet his younger son after he returns home.
d. All of the above.

3. After the younger brother returns, which best explains why his older brother is so furious?
a. The father kills the fattened calf for his wayward son but never gave even a goat to the older brother.
b. The father clothed the younger brother with his own robe.
c. The father gave the younger brother a ring.
d. The younger son will be entitled to one-third of the now diminished family wealth.

Chapter Three -- Redefining Sin (p. 29-47)
4. In what way were the hearts of the two brothers the same?
a. They both wanted to abandon custom and go out to experience the world.
b. The both loved their father very much.
c. They both resented their father’s authority and sought ways of getting out from underneath it, believing that his wealth would make them happy.
d. The both had a form of self-righteousness.

5. Which is NOT true?
a. An elder brother believes God ought to bless him because of his obedience.
b. Sin is best understood as breaking God’s rules.
c. The best reward for obeying God is God Himself -- getting to know Him and delight in Him.
d. Religious and moral people avoid Jesus when they believe God owes them for their good behavior.

Chapter Four -- Redefining Lostness (p. 48-72)
6. Which is NOT characteristic of an elder brother?
a. Delights in good deeds themselves.
b. Unable to handle suffering.
c. Feels superior to others.
d. Duty without joy.

Chapter Five -- The True Elder Brother (p. 73-89)
7. What is self-righteousness?
a. Having remorse over my bad deeds.
b. Maintaining a clear conscience.
c. Being grateful for what Christ has done for me.
d. Expecting God to save me because of my moral efforts.

Chapter Six -- Redefining Hope (p. 90-104)
8. Why is our powerful longing for “home” so elusive?
a. This world is not the home we long for. There’s too much brokenness in it.
b. Our memories of home are not “home” itself; they’re only memories.
c. We can only be fully “home” in God’s presence (in heaven).
d. All of the above.

Chapter Seven -- The Feast of the Father (p. 105-133)
9. What ultimately should motivate a husband to love his wife?
a. Because Christ loves his bride, the church.
b. Because then his wife will respect him.
c. Because if he doesn’t, he will be disciplined by God.
d. So he can earn favor with God.

10. What is the best way to grow in Christ?
a. Consistently obey moral rules and boundaries.
b. Regularly practice spiritual disciplines such as Bible reading, prayer, and church attendance.
c. Keep telling yourself how graciously loved and accepted you are by God.
d. Engage in charitable activities.