The Absolute Basics of

The Christian Faith

Sundays, september 15 - november 3

9 & 10:45 am


Do you know what you believe? Are you solid on the basics? Do you know them well enough to relate them to someone else? Each Sunday, we’ll look at one of the basics of Christian faith with the help of a short, creative video. It’s the perfect series for inviting someone who’s curious about questions of faith.

 

We’ll also have lots of small groups meeting on various days each week, so we can learn together and personally connect with each other. And we’re starting some eight-week groups just for this series, so you’ll have all kinds of options!

 

September 15


What Is God Like?


Acts 17:16-31

Who is God? It’s the biggest question of all time, isn’t it? What is God like? Even if you say God is perfect, you still have to ask, perfectly what? Some people reject God, but the god they reject is very imperfect. The Christian answer is that God is like Jesus. He’s what perfect looks like.

 

September 22


Why Is There Evil?


Genesis 2:8-9, 15-17

The conundrum for every believer is this. If God is so good, why is there so much bad in the world? Where did all this evil come from? The Bible’s answer is that we chose it – and we still chose it today. God didn’t make us programmed puppets. He gave us free will and plenty of room to use it. It was a dangerous gift, but God figured it was worth giving.

 

September 29


Why Did the Son of God Become Human?


Galatians 4:4-7

What would motivate the eternal Divine Son to take on human flesh? It had to be more than casual curiosity or the thrill of adventure – and it was. The arrival of Jesus was a gift of love, so we who are lost could be family again.

 

October 6


What Is Salvation?


1 John 1:5 – 2:2

It’s obvious that we humans need help. Look at our world! We sure haven’t been able to save ourselves. Our rebelliousness has led to all kinds of disrupted relationships and death. But Jesus came to reconcile and rescue us. That’s salvation. It’s a gift we receive by faith.

 

October 13


What Happens As We Live Out Our Salvation in Christ?


Romans 6:18-23

You are God’s work of art. Day by day he lovingly helps you cast off remnants of rebellion so that layers of inner beauty and outer character can be added. Our part is to cooperate with God as we continue to “work out” our salvation.

 

October 20


What Does the Holy Spirit Do?


Titus 3:3-8

It’s easy to go through the entire day and not think about electricity. But when you lose power at work for the rest of the day, what can you do? You might as well go home. We depend on electrical power to give us light and make our machines work. In the same way, we rely on the Holy Spirit to empower us to follow Jesus.                                          

 

October 27


What Are the Church’s Sacraments?


Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30

Have you ever seen a reenactment? We hear about clubs that conduct Civil War reenactments, staging battles wearing replicas of Union and Confederate uniforms. We hear about reenactments of the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. For Christians, the sacraments of baptism and holy communion are reenactments of important moments in Jesus’s life. Through the sacraments, Jesus’s presence is made tangible to us, and we participate in his death and resurrection.

 

November 3


What Is Our Future?


1 John 2:28 – 3:3

Have you ever read the first couple chapters of a book and then flipped to the last chapter to see how it would end? Maybe not. But it’s okay to read the Bible that way. Even before the Bible’s last chapter, we are given glimpses of how it will end – not a full picture but enough to give us hope.