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?
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?
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 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?
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?
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.
Why Does God Allow Evil?9 Digging Deeper
Does God Love Me?5 Digging Deeper
Understanding who we truly are.
Who we believe that we are determines how we act, how we treat others, what our goals are, what values we hold, what our standards of behavior are, and how we view our responsibility or lack of it to our creator. A person who thinks that he or she is here merely as an accident of birth and a product of evolution will have a different view of what life is all about than a person who views life in relationship to God.
The person who denies God’s reality thinks and acts as though life originated from an accidental collision of atoms in the long ago. He or she lives to enjoy momentary pleasure, make the most of whatever happens, values the companionship of family and friends, and considers death as an inevitable passage into eternal oblivion and nothingness. A person like this is described in Ecclesiastes, chapters one and two. This person enjoys riches, pleasure, sex, food and wine, learning, and makes great accomplishments in life. But it all ends at the grave. The writer uses the word “meaningless” a dozen times to describe the futility of this type of life. The last paragraph of Ecclesiastes sums up what the author found to be the real meaning of life:
Another example of this lifestyle is the person that Jesus described in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 12:
These stories show us that no matter how much wisdom, money, pleasure, fun, status, power, and popularity a person has that all this ends at the grave. Everything earthly is totally lost. Those who live without God die without God and enter into eternity without God. Every person meets the creator God in judgment “who gives to each person according to his works” (Romans 2:3-11). Jesus issues this caution and warning to those who live for this life only:
The person who believes and trusts God sees a much bigger picture. He or she, too, enjoys life, works hard, values family and friends, but lives life to the fullest in a relationship with God. This person knows that life is much more than eating and drinking, producing things, and seeking personal pleasure. This person has a far greater goal and purpose than merely existing.
Jesus of Nazareth was undoubtedly one of the most famous personalities ever to walk the earth. He grew up and worked in a carpenter’s shop in Nazareth of Galilee for thirty years. His entire purpose in life was to obey God his Father in all things. He lived a life of peace, love, joy, truth, kindness and service to all who were hurting, suffering and distressed. The four gospel writers describe his life, ministry, teachings, death and resurrection. He never had any of the things that the people of the world count as great and noteworthy. He never wrote a book. He never craved power. He never marshalled an army. He never accumulated wealth. He never served in politics. He never earned advanced academic degrees. He never traveled more than two hundred miles from where he was born. He was never accepted by the power brokers of his day. His friends were not influential in government circles. He served the poor, the diseased, the disenfranchised and the least. He died a despised and humiliating death on a Roman cross.
Three days later, the biblical writers unanimously agree that he was raised bodily from the dead. Hundreds of witnesses saw him and interacted with him. Jesus claimed to be God in the flesh and that he came from the heavenly Father and would return to him. He said that he perfectly obeyed the will of the Father and that the Father’s works were seen in him. He said that he was “the way, the truth and the life and that no one could come to the Father except through him” (John 14:6-14). He claimed to be the light of the world, the bread of life, the good shepherd, and the resurrection and the life (John 8:12; 6:56-58; 10:14; 11:25-26). He said that he would give his followers real life, genuine joy and peace in all circumstances (John 15:1-5; 16:22, 33; 14:27). He said that he came “to seek and to save he lost” so that his followers might “have life and have it more abundantly” (Luke 19:10; John 10:10). He said that eternal life is a relationship with God the Father and his son Jesus Christ (John 17:3). Those who believe in him and follow him have this eternal life. Though they die physically, they will never die spiritually (John 5:24; 11:25-26). They will be resurrected from the dead and enter into everlasting life with him (John 5:28-29; Matthew 25:19-23, 31-40, 46).