Why God • Part 3

1.  What’s your favorite mystery or crime show you like to watch or book you loved to read?  What is it about these shows or books that you like?

2.  In many mystery stories, detectives learn to “follow the evidence” instead of jumping to conclusions.  Can you think of an example of this? Why is it so easy for us to simply jump to conclusions?

3.  Why is it significant that the New Testament, as an ancient document, is so well preserved compared to other ancient texts?

4.  Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-6.  What is so significant about the claims of the New Testament writers?  Why do you think these claims led to such widespread distribution and preservation of these documents?

5.  Everyone makes assumptions about the world.  Our assumptions shape the conclusions we make.  What are some ways modern people try to explain away the claim that Jesus raised from the dead?

6.  If we “follow the evidence” of the New Testament, why do these common explanations fall short?

7.  In the past, have you ever thought of faith in God as “blind” faith?  What evidence has helped build your faith in God over the years?

8.  Read 1 Corinthians 15:17-19.  What does this passage teach us about the importance of the resurrection of Jesus to the Christian faith? 

9.  How does it encourage you that our faith is truly reasonable and grounded in evidence?

10. How are you carrying out the #WorkYourCircle challenge? Who are you praying about inviting to one of the Journey’s Christmas Eve service?  If needed, how can this group encourage you to be bold to make the ask?