Summer Wednesday - June 20, 2018

17 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

-1 John 1:1-4


Discussion Questions

1.) Is it possible to have certainty that you are a Christian? When did you “know for certain” that you are a Christian?

2.) What was your one big/main takeaway from the service? If someone had arrived as everyone was leaving, and they stopped you in the parking lot and asked, “What was the sermon about?” what would you have said?

3.) Why is inaccurate or misleading to describe belief in Jesus as a “leap of faith”? How does being an atheist require more faith than being a Christian?

4.) One of the ways that people try to dismiss Christianity is by consigning it to the realm of subjective experience and personal preference. How do you see this played out in our culture today?

5.) “It is impossible to live consistent with the belief that there is no God.” Why is that true?

6.) How would you complete the following sentence: “I trust the Bible more than I trust ______”

7.) In your own words, why was it necessary for Jesus to come into the world?

8.) Your eternity depends on the performance of Jesus and not your performance. Have you always believed that to be true? How does believing it give you certainty that you otherwise would not possess?

9.) Have the following phrases ever described you? “I’m not so messed up that I can’t pull it together.” or “Leave me alone – I can do it myself!”

10.) What is the difference between doing life with God versus viewing him as a heavenly concierge?

11.) When was the last time you felt or sensed, “God is with me”?

12.) God and the church are a package deal – the church is family. What keeps you from engaging relationally with your brothers and sisters in Christ? Have you ever experienced sweet fellowship and community like the kind envisioned in the New Testament?