By popular demand, Pastor Kit reads C. S. Lewis' classic, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. As you listen, perhaps keep a few thoughts in mind:
- Which of the four children would you be most like if you had gone with them to live with the professor? What make you say?
- Lucy's reaction to the Faun is truly unique. What would you have done if you had found out he was in the act of betraying you to the White Witch? What are your typical reactions? What was especially godly about Lucy's reactions?
- Edmund was quickly taken in by the White Witch. What about Edmund made it possible for her to manipulate him so easily? Where do these qualities creep up in us when we aren't living by the Spirit?
- If Lucy had come up to you with a detailed story about what she had seen in a split second in a wardrobe … would you have believed her? Why, or why not? What do you think of the professor's response about "logic"?
Chapter 1: Lucy Looks Into a Wardrobe
Chapter 2: What Lucy Found There
Chapter 3: Edmund and the Wardrobe
Chapter 4: Turkish Delight
Chapter 5: Back on This Side of the Door
Chapter 6: Into the Forest
- When did you first come "into the forest"––that is, when did you first learn that what Christians say about God and His kingdom are true? What was it like to enter into this reality, this truth?
- When the siblings entered into Narnia, things were actually quite dangerous! Can it be the same way for Christians who start following Jesus Christ?
- Edmund teaches Peter that they're lost after following after this robin. What's your reaction when you feel lost? Was it worth trusting this robin to lead them? Is it difficult to follow Jesus when you feel lost in the woods, or lost in a church or in a Bible?
Chapters 7 and 8: A Day with the Beavers and What Happened After Dinner
- What rises up in you when you hear the name "Jesus"? Courage? Sweetness? Disgust? Excited joy? What do you associate with the Name above all names?
- We all begin, at one point, unfamiliar with prophecies. How do you treat the things that the Bible foretells? Do you really think they'll happen? Do you suppose God could fulfill His Word in your lifetime?
- How did Edmund sneak away from the rest? What does it look like for Christians to chase after and bring back those whose hearts are captive to the devil yet?
Chapter 9: Into the Witch's House
- What does it really look like as we creep towards sin? as we walk towards the devil?
- How did Edmund miss all the signs of death all around him? Why did he shake off the things which should have convinced him to abandon this terrible deed?
- Did you note that the moon shone to guide Edmund further? What would have happened if Edmund got stranded in the dark on his way to the Witch? Does this "blessing" bother you?
Chapter 10: The Spell Begins to Break
- How quickly do you flee from sin? Was Mrs. Beaver foolish or wise, compared to the others?
- What do you think of the presents Father Christmas gave to the children? The Holy Spirit gives us spiritual gifts to use for building one another up in the church: what gifts has God given you to use? Are they important?
- What do you think kept the wolves from finding the Beavers and the children? How have you seen God's mercy in protecting you from harm in your own story?
Chapter 11: Aslan Is Nearer
- Reflect on the let-down Edmund felt, of having been promised a kingdom and filled up on his favorite treat--only to be turned into a slave of the queen! How does sin treat us that way: giving us its pleasures for a moment, but turning us into its slaves?
- What was the effect of the Queen turning the breakfast party to stone on Edmund? When you see how the devil treats those who celebrate what's good, do you feel pity? Compassion? Drawn out of yourself in love for someone else?
- Even while Edmund is being driven as a slave, he can't help seeing and hearing the beauty of Spring rising up all around him. What are the marks of God's presence in the world around us that call our attention to God and His goodness?
Chapter 12: Peter's First Battle
- What emotions do you expect to feel when you see Jesus for the first time, face to face? How does that compare to the Beavers' and the children's reactions?
- Lucy suddenly spoke up to Aslan regarding her lost brother, and Peter unexpectedly found himself confessing his part in his departure. What is it about Jesus that causes us to mention to Him those who are lost and to confess our sin to Him?
- Is following Christ at all a battle? What do you make of Peter's rescue of his sister from the wicked wolf Maugrim? If Christians should expect to fight, then how? Under what circumstances?
Chapter 13: Deep Magic from the Dawn of Time
- What a relief that the Witch hadn't thought of distorting the prophecy earlier by simply killing Edmund! And what a relief that the rescue party came just at the right time for him! Can you think of the mercy God has shown you in sparing you from terrible things and rescuing you when the time was just right?
- What do you suppose Edmund and Aslan talked about in their own conversation?
- Did you see a genuine change in Edmund after he talked with Aslan? How so?
- How does the conversation between Aslan and the Witch mirror that of God and the devil, the accuser of His people? Did God "work out a deal" with the devil? How does this compare to our salvation through Jesus?
Chapter 14: The Triumph of the Witch
- What is it like when you hear God speak to you, but you don't understand why He's telling you to do what you have to do? Does God ever not make sense to you? … have you made it to the other side of one of those times before where it finally made sense?
- Compare Aslan's death at the Stone Table to Jesus' death on the cross. What matches up? Why did Aslan do what he did?
- What will keep the White Witch from ruling over Narnia and destroying her enemies now? Has Aslan made a grave mistake?
Chapter 15: Deeper Magic from Before the Dawn of Time
- Spending that time with Susan and Lucy at the Stone Table with Aslan dead makes me think of the women who waited to anoint Jesus at His tomb. Have you spent time thinking of the grief they must have felt while Jesus was dead?
- There's something symbolic about the Stone Table cracking as the sun rose on the slain Lion. Does God's Law--say, the two stone tablets of the Ten Commandments--have any more power to condemn those who have broken it but who trust in Jesus?
- Do you feel the thrill that Lucy and Susan experience when they meet the risen Aslan? What was that like for the women at Jesus' tomb that Easter morning? What is it like for us to learn that Jesus lives again, and He lives for us‽
Chapter 16: What Happened About the Statues
- What a difference in the castle, when everything that was stone was turned to life! The silence breaks into singing, the stillness swarms into motion! How is it that Jesus can turn the statues of a village or a city into vibrant life by His Word and His power?
- Notice that Aslan sets everyone to work finding more statues within the castle. What is our role in running to and fro to reach more people for Christ? Is it our job to turn them back to life? or to bring Jesus to them?
- Different creatures have different skills: the Giant to break down the door, the dogs to sniff out the trail, the quicker creatures to carry those that can't keep up, the fierce ones to lunge into battle. Do you see different skills at work in our own church? What skills and talents to you bring to the life of the church?
Chapter 17: The Hunting of the White Stag
- Isn't there a joy and a satisfaction in hearing that prophecy was fulfilled, the witch was defeated, and everything was set to rights? To know that the two Kings and two Queens of Narnia ruled well over the land they were called to? Why is it that we long for endings such as this?
- What does it mean to say, "Once a King or Queen in Narnia, always a King or Queen in Narnia"? Why is this assurance so vital, not only in Narnia, but also for the Christian?
- How is it that you've met someone and "discovered" that they were Christian by a certain phrase, or a distinct glance? What do you notice in people who believe in Jesus?