New Message Series
April 23-May 21
Many people today, for a variety of reasons, find the whole idea of God—and the Christian understanding of him—hard to believe. Sometimes the barrier to belief is a question of science—something on the line of the idea that modern science and the Christian faith cannot be reconciled, so if one wants to be keep his brains, he must rule out faith in God. At other times, the barrier may be more of a moral dilemma—if there is a good God who loves us, why is there so much suffering and pain in the world? The barrier could be deeply seated in the psyche—could the big God of the universe really know and care about little tiny me, especially after what I have done? Or it can be a question of the fairness of the claim that one faith is right and others somehow miss it—can Jesus really be the only way to heaven, or are there multiple paths? Finally, those of us who are in church are forced to admit that some Christians (and sometimes they are "so-called" Christians) act—well, just a little bit strangly at time.
Are you one of those people who find it hard to believe? If so, here's a follow-up question: Do you consider yourself in any sense of the phrase a spiritual seeker? If so, this series is for you. A passage in the Bible says to those of us who are believers in Jesus, “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience…” (1 Peter 3.15-16). In other words, we are instructed to gently and respectfully try to give answers to those who find it hard to believe. After all, some of us who believe today once struggled with similar questions. We wanted to know if Christianity really made sense—or if it was just a myth that gave some people psychological help with the difficulties of life.
Many spiritual seekers want to believe or are willing to believe, but they want to know that there are good reasons to believe. They are intrigued by the story of Jesus and his teachings and often by the changes they have seen in others who have chosen to follow him. They want to experience the love, joy, and peace they have seen in serious believers. We invite you to continue your seeking through this message series...
|April 23||It’s Hard to Believe… when so many bad things happen|
|April 30||It’s Hard to Believe… in the face of scientific discovery|
|May 7||It’s Hard to Believe… that Jesus is the only way to heaven|
|May 14||It’s Hard to Believe… that God really cares about me|
|May 21||It’s Hard to Believe… when some Christians act so weird|
Do you know others who might profit by this series? Invite them! Listen to the messages together, and use them as discussion starters for further conversation. And perhaps over time, many will find that it is no longer hard to believe!