Series Big Idea
Even when facing big questions that don’t have easy answers, we can find solid reasons to move forward in faith, believing that the message of Christianity is true.
Big questions. No easy answers. Yet we believe that we can still find reasons to move forward in faith believing in a loving, miracle-working God who saves us through the suffering, death, and resurrection of his Son. This God still speaks to us today through his Spirit and his Word.
During this 4-week series we’ll tackle four tough questions looking for those reasons. We hope to strengthen those with faith to understand they are not stupid for believing the things they believe. And we also hope to encourage the skeptics that they aren’t stupid if they decide to think more about the claims of Christianity.
Week 1 | Is Jesus the Only Way?
Scripture: John 14:6, Acts 4:11-12, Matthew 7:13-14, 1 John 4:1-10
Message Big Idea: Salvation can only be found in the grace offered to us through Jesus; and that truth should make Christ-followers the most inclusive, reconciling, agents of peace the world has ever seen.
Week 2 | Can The Bible Be Trusted?
Scripture: John 10:35, Matthew 5:17, 2 Timothy 3:16, Psalm 119:160, John 17:17
Message Big Idea: The Bible can be shown to be a reliable document, accurately recorded and transmitted through history, which means we can trust the Bible as a solid foundation upon which to build our lives.
Week 3 | How Can a Good God Allow Evil and Suffering?
Scripture:Mark 14:33-34, Luke 22:42-44, Matthew 27:46, Romans 5:1-5, James 1:2-4, Matthew 19:28-29, Revelation 21:1-4, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, Hebrews 12:1-3
Message Big Idea: While God does not provide the reason for each experience of pain, through Jesus he does provide a way to face suffering with hope and courage rather than bitterness and despair.
Week 4 | How Can a Rational Person Believe Miracles are True?
Scripture: John 20:30-31, Matthew 8:1-3, Matthew 8:23-27, Matthew 12:22, John 6:16-21, John 2:1-11, John 9:1-7, Acts 3:1-10, 1 Corinthians 15:13-14
Message Big Idea: A Christ-follower does not need to abandon rational thought to believe in the miracles described in the Bible or that miracles still happen today..
• Sermon Manuscripts in MS Word
• Small Group Guide with Leader’s Guide in MS Word and PDF
• Service Flow for each week