A Peek Inside the Devil’s Playbook. An Introduction to the Church of the Messiah’s Lenten Bible Study Based on The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis. A Peek Inside the Devil’s Playbook.
An Introduction to
the Church of the Messiah’s
Lenten Bible Study
Based on The Screwtape Letters
by C. S. Lewis
First and foremost, the purchase and reading of The Screwtape Letters is not required to participate in this Bible Study. It will obviously help and enrich your experience, but
if you are unable to get a copy of the book, or
if you fall behind on your reading, do not feel like you should not attend the
Bible Study. We want you
If you do choose to get a copy of The Screwtape Letters, you may find it at any bookstore, Christian or secular. Electronic editions are available for Kindles and Nooks as well as in the Android Play Store and i-Books.
The two most recent editions look like this:
Each week, we will discuss six letters. The letters are brief, rarely three full pages, and can easily be read in less than a half an hour. Each letter would make wonderful material for daily mediation. Every Wednesday, starting March 12th, we will discuss the six letters covered that week and how what Screwtape suggests relates to what is contained in the Bible.
Our “reading schedule” will be distributed via the web-page for anyone who wishes to read along. Some terms used in the book may be a bit confusing, so here is a quick primer to help get you started in your reading before we meet on March 12th.
Screwtape is an experienced demon or tempter who is writing these letters to his younger nephew named Wormwood and giving his newphew advice on how to better damn souls to Hell. Because the main characters are both demons, their terms are very different then the terms that we would use.
“The Enemy” refers to God.
“Our Father Below” refers to the Devil.
“The Lowerarchy” (as opposed to the hierarchy) is the power structure of Hell.
“The Patient” is how the demons refer to humans each demon is charged with corrupting and ultimately damning to Hell.
Keep in mind that this is a thoroughly Christian book. In spite of its demonic topic, If we believe that angels are real, we should not be naive enough to deny the existence of demons. If there are angels trying to help us, there are likely devils trying to damn us. We would do very well to consider what their methods were and how best to avoid their plans and schemes.
That is the point of this Bible Study. We will look at these letters and see what Biblical wisdom we can glean from these devilish letters. If the Devil would try and damn us using these traps, what wisdom from Scripture ought we use to avoid those snares and pitfalls? How can we apply Biblical counsel to avoid the traps in the first place. Join us March 12th to find out!