If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. 2 Cor 5:17
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These pages are designed to aid study or investigation for Christian discipleship through individual Bible study, Cell groups, Home groups, or meeting one to one. The questions could be used alone allowing each person to use their own Bible.
Doubts about faith are common. Doubts are especially common for those young in faith. They are not to be concerned or guilty about. To doubt is not a sin, indeed the book of Job is about a man who though strong in faith is brought to a place of questioning God through suffering. The Lord does not rebuke him, but rather brings him through his difficulties to a place of more mature faith.
Why is faith so important? Why can’t someone just live a good life?
Hebrews 11: 6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
People don’t rise from the dead! If Jesus was in fact resurrected from the dead as He said He would be, then that makes Him God. This event validates the Christian faith. If it is true, then everything else follows - God, the spiritual realm, the authenticity of the Bible, Jesus’ statements about life and faith, ...
This single fact makes the evaluation of Christianity simple. We evaluate the evidence presented that He did rise from the dead.
The Bible is believable. It is Truth. This is not merely a statement of blind belief but based on very real evidence.
Science and Religion have become a battle ground. The battle ground has been over the question of origins; it centres on two specific areas. The questions of Evolution vs Creation of life, and of what Physicists call The Singularity, or more commonly, the Big Bang vs God creating the universe in 7 days.
Many assume that Science has overwhelmed belief in God through providing explanations for our beginnings that are totally naturalistic. In fact, when going to the very beginning the opposite is the case.
We are not alone to suffer. Jesus suffered, and the suffering that comes to us gives us the opportunity to share in His life and consequently His glory.
Romans 8: 17 And since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God's glory. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering. 18 Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.
How frustrating when we try something and fail while it seems to work for everyone else. The way to address such an issue is to go back to the start and reevaluate the different components of your decision. This is how Jesus summarised His message. Mark 1:15.
Mark 1: 14 Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God's Good News.*15 "The time promised by God has come at last!" he announced. "The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!"
CHALLENGES TO FAITH