Wondering What to Believe?
Does Nature Give Proof of God?8 Digging Deeper
Can I Hear God's Voice?8 Digging Deeper
- Does God Care About My Concerns?
- Best practices for a thriving relationship.
- God wants us to know Him
- Ways that God communicates to us today.
- God gives us scriptures through men.
- Life changing love letter from God.
- God provides us a way for a relationship with Him through Jesus.
- Are you too busy for God?
Who is God?8 Digging Deeper
- God reveals himself throughout time so that people can worship the one true God.
- Evidences of the Existence of God.
- A God that always keeps his word.
- God’s ways above our ways.
- The Truth of God’s Nature.
- God is a loving, caring, beneficent God.
- A God that is God is long-suffering and forgiving.
- Striving to become more like God.
Who Wrote the Bible?8 Digging Deeper
- The Truth in the Bible.
- The Origin of the Bible
- The single author behind the many writers in the Bible.
- God foreshadowing discoveries made in today’s world.
- Why people downplay the evidences in the Bible.
- Foreshadowing of Jesus in the Old Testament
- Using doubt as an excuse to not change.
- What it means to have faith in the Bible.
Can I Trust the Bible?7 Digging Deeper
- Is it possible for us to know if the Bible is true?
- The differences and similarities between faith and trust.
- The significance in the magnitude of New Testament manuscripts compared to other ancient manuscripts.
- How large numbers of discovered manuscripts support the authenticity of the Bible.
- Why do you think about the very small (.001) part of critical textual variations found in the New Testament?
- How has the Bible impacted your life?
- Do you trust the Bible?
Is there a Right and Wrong?7 Digging Deeper
- The different standards for determining what is right and what is wrong.
- Is it in our nature to know what is right and wrong?
- Is right and wrong discerned by each person for themselves or is it ultimately determined by a higher authority?
- What to do in a situation where two people have different beliefs on what is right and wrong?
- Is there a standard when determining what is right and wrong?
- Is the Bible is our absolute moral standard for topics such as honesty, sexuality, the value of human life?
- Do you believe you can determine with absolute certainly what is right and wrong?
Why Does God Allow Evil?9 Digging Deeper
Who Am I?7 Digging Deeper
What is the Meaning of Life?7 Digging Deeper
- What is the meaning of your life? What is your purpose?
- How Jesus brings meaning to our lives.
- How does knowing Jesus will judge both the good and the bad in our lives impact the way we live?
- What do you make of the reading from Ecclesiastes 5:15?
- What do you want to be said about your life when you’re gone?
- How our understanding of the meaning of our life impact the way we live.
- What would you say was the meaning of the life you’ve lived so far?
Does God Love Me?5 Digging Deeper
There is no such thing as “New Sin”.
We compare ourselves and our times with the past and we either think we are better or worse. Actually, there are no new sins since the earliest days. There are just new means or tools to express evil but evil basically remains the same. In all ages, mankind is the same: we seek to please ourselves and live without God. It’s hard to imagine how mankind could be any worse than they were in the days of Noah and the flood (Gen.6). Do you think that the wickedness of our time exceeds the evils named in Romans 1:18-32? Isn’t it true that the evils the apostle Paul named in 2 Tim. 3:1-6 are true of some in every age and place in the world? The writer of Ecclesiastes thought that “the more things change, the more they stay the same” (see Eccl. 1:9-11).
While evil has been here since the fall of Adam and Eve, new inventions and discoveries make it possible to do evil in more and different ways. Today’s youth have access to methods and tools that were not available in the past. For example, the internet, cell phone, and media devices are great tools for communication and information but they also present opportunities and temptations to use them for evil purposes. What are some ways that these good tools are being used for evil?
The younger generation is faced with new moral challenges because things are now legal and readily available that were not legal or readily available in the past. The thinking of some is, “If it’s legal, then it must be moral.” What are some things that are now legal but are not moral?
Economic prosperity and the increase in incomes have brought new challenges to buy things and see and do things that were not possible when people were poorer. Our society and culture are not as grounded in biblical standards and principles as in previous times. The growing emphasis on individualism and the loss of community combine to make the younger generation more rootless. From your perspective, how have these changes affected you and those you know?
The increase in population has brought more young people together. This contact increases peer pressure to conform. It’s easy to compare oneself with others and to want to be like the “cool” in-crowd. Instant communication quickly spreads fads. This also brings more and more celebrity worship into our lives.
Youth have greater access to drugs and alcohol than before. Sexual experimentation is more acceptable and expected than in the previous generation. The “do your own thing” and “be happy” emphases loosen moral commitments.
While all this is true, and each generation feels it has more struggles with evil than those of the perceived simpler days of the past, in the big picture man has not changed in his nature or desires since the fall in the Garden of Eden. It has never been easy, convenient or popular to do right.
The Bible has many stories of men and women who chose to do right in spite of the surrounding circumstances. Righteous living is now and always has been counter-cultural. If we want to do right, and trust and obey God, he promises to help us obey his will. God is more powerful than all the forces of evil. God gives us help and strength to live by a faith that overcomes the world (1 John 5:4). Remember, “The one in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).