Community Groups Blog: Week of Jan. 28th

Community Groups Bog Jan. 28th, 2018

Announcements: 

  • Baptism Celebration:  On Feb. 4th we will be celebrating Baptism. 

  • BASICS Class: Begins Feb. 18th - 3 Sundays in a row... 9am- 10:15

    • Teaching the foundational elements of the faith!

 

FAITH & LOGIC

Part 4: Why is there Evil?

Main Text:  Romans 1:28-32

Discussion Questions :

(Please feel free to modify questions to accommodate your specific group!) 

  • Where is "Evil" located? Explain how this impacts you, your thoughts, your life. 

  • C.S. Lewis in The Problem of Pain, wrote: "We can, perhaps, conceive of a world in which God corrected the results of this abuse of free will by His creatures at every moment: so that a wooden beam became soft as grass when it was used as a weapon, and the air refused to obey me if I attempted to set up in it the sound waves that carry lies or insults. But such a world would be one in which wrong actions were impossible, and in which, therefore, freedom of the will would be void... That God can and does, on occasions, modify the behavior of matter and produce what we call miracles, is part of Christian faith; but the very conception of a common, and therefore stable, world, demands that these occasions should be extremely rare." - How does this statement by CS Lewis help you understand why God allows what humanity may see as "bad, wrong, evil" to occur in our own lives? 

  • Epicurus, the Greek philosopher, has attempted to cause Christians a logical dilemma with the God of the Bible. His logical argument goes like this: 

    • If God is willing to prevent evil but is not able to - then He is NOT omnipotent. 

    • If God is able too, but NOT willing -  then He is malevolent.

    • If He is both able too and willing too, then where does evil come from? 

    • If He is neither able too or willing too, then why call Him God? 

      • How would you respond to this logical argument against the God of the Bible? 

  • Pastor Justin spoke about how it is possible for each of us to have HOPE that leaves us with joy even in the midst of difficulty and distress. Can you name the 3 areas and explain how they give us hope? 

    • LEADERS: 1. God is actively removing ALL evil and restoring His creation. (Rev. 21:1-5)

    • 2. God has invited YOU into His family! (John 1:12, Rom. 8:15, Eph. 1:5)

    • 3. God understands YOUR suffering! (Matt. 11:28, John 16:33

  • How do we serve or help one another (in a community group) as others in the group are going through difficult times? What could that look like?  

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