Community Group Questions 5/31/15

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Last week of Community Groups before Summer Break!   Enjoy the extra time with family and friends!   Thanks again for a great season!  Make some plans for some fun summer get togethers


Sermon Title:

Staying Afloat, Part 3: Is It Crazy to Believe in the Flood?

Main Text:

Genesis 6:13-21

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Topics:  ( Not to be read in group.. this is for your review and recollection )

    • The story of Noah and the Flood may be one of the craziest stories in the Bible. Other stories have miraculous events in them, but they were isolated. Maybe they were just anomalies. But this story is talking about a global event. For something so dramatic to be true, there would have to be compelling evidence all over the world.

    • This brings up troubling questions that tempt us to doubt: Is this one of the Bible stories that Christians should just try to stick in the closet and hope people don’t bring up? Are we supposed to choose between being a Christian and being an intelligent, logical, rational person?

    • But what if there is compelling evidence both scientifically and historically?

      1. Historically: there are hundreds of ancient flood myths from all around the world. In fact there are not many myths that come up so commonly universally than the flood. It is found in cultures that are not connected such as ancient tribes in Mexico, Hawaii, India, Australia and China. There are stories from all six populated continents.

      2. Scientifically: in the last couple decades geneticists now believe that there was a “Genetic Bottleneck” thousands of years ago. There was a catastrophic event that reduced humanity down to few people that repopulated the earth.

      3. Scientifically: Geologically there is fossil evidence that could point to a global flood. One interesting example is the fossils of marine life found on tops of mountains.

    • But even if that is evidence of a global flood, does that mean the Bible’s version is correct? There are hard parts to believe in the Genesis account.

      1. How did Noah build the boat? First off the Bible never says that Noah built it alone. He could have hired help. Secondly, there have been many examples of ancient cultures that had technological advancements that were lost and rediscovered. If just you and your family were on the ark today, what technological advancements would be lost? This is not to say that they had satellite tv’s. But it is very possible that they had primitive advancements that we did not realize.

      2. But what about all the animals? How did they fit? How did they find them all? There is no way that two of every species could fit on that boat. Actually the scripture says two of every “kind” or “sort.” Two of every parent kind could easily have fit on the ark. Also, if you were going to pick animals that were best to repopulate the earth, you would pick animals that had their entire breeding life ahead of them. Most likely there were juveniles on the ark, which would mean much less room needed than for full grown adults. Lastly, it is appears from the text, that God brought the animals to Noah.

    • The story of the Flood is a great test case, for us to learn how to react when challenged by doubt. When we are challenged on what we believe, there are several things we should do:

      1. Don’t be surprised. Something odd and strange is not happening to you. We are told that we are going to have our faith challenged.

      2. Don’t be emotional. Keep your pride out of it. If someone asks you a good question and you don’t know the answer, tell them, “I don’t know.” Be confident and patient not defensive and argumentative. If an argument has happened, it is already unproductive. It’s best to end the discussion until a future time when it will be productive.

      3. Do some research. But look into the right sources, not aimlessly online. One interesting website is: answersingenesis.org.

AND NOW.... THE QUESTIONS...

  • HIGH/LOW: What was the high point of your week and the low point?

  • ICEBREAKER: Are there any conspiracy theories that you believe?

  • READ: Genesis 6:13-21

  • What is the hardest to believe about the story of the Flood?

  • What evidences for the Flood are the most interesting to you? Why?

  • When was a situation where someone challenged your beliefs as “crazy”? How did you feel in that situation and how did you react?

  • Do you have an ongoing relationship that is antagonistic to your faith?

  • What do you think is the best way to handle relationships like that?

  • When are times that you are most tempted to doubt?

  • What are some healthy things to do when we are doubting?

  • What is the difference between wishing something is true and faith that it is true?

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