14 Mar Discussion Guide: What About Week 5
Before We Get Started
For our discussion today we will be using the sermon series discussion guides. If you would like to follow along you can access this discussion guide on the website at mosaicchurchaustin.com and then select “community group resources” in the menu options.
Because the main goal of our time together is to establish relationships and learn how to walk with one another in all that God has called us to be and do, we’d like to begin by praying for one another. So, does anyone have anything you’d like us to pray for, or anything to share regarding how you’ve seen God moving in your life that we can celebrate together.
This Week’s Topic
This week we continue our series titled What About? We will be taking a look at emotional, cultural, and rational reasons for not only why we can believe the claims of Christianity, but also why would should want to believe those claims to be true.
Why Faith In God Is Reasonable
C.S, Lewis, Mere Christianity
“Since that power [the creation of the Universe], if it exists, would be not one of the observed facts but a reality which makes them, no mere observation of the facts can find it” How do you prove the existence of something?”
Can you name something that you know to be true that cannot be proven by the scientific method or through any of our 5 senses?
Is it possible for all religions and faith claims to be simultaneously wrong? yes
Is it possible for all religions and faith claims to be simultaneously right? no
Paul Davies, Astrobiologist at Arizona State University
“We don’t know the mechanism whereby non-life turns into life, so we have no way of estimating the odds … It may be one in a trillion trillion (it’s easy to imagine that), in which case, Earth life may be unique in the observable universe.”
Professor Davies states that there is no way of proving the origin of life from a scientific approach, and the best estimation we can make regarding the odds of it happening are as close to non-existent as odds can be.
On what basis, then, can someone claim that life exists apart from the creation of some king of god or deity?
On what basis can someone claim that God does exist, and created all that we see?
What’s the difference between those two basis?
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
How do you think we, as humans, should treat one another?
On what basis do you form that opinion and perception?
Is it possible to assign absolute moral value to right and wrong apart from the existence of God?
1 Corinthians 13:13
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
What role would you say love plays in your view of the world?
Where does love come from?
If the God of the Bible exists as a perfectly loving community, then what does that tell us about love?
How might the life, sacrificial death, and resurrection of Jesus help us better understand the love of God, and how He wants us to love one another?