Sunday, October 23, 2016

Week 7: What About Alternate Views of the Trinity? (part 2)

We we wrapped up our short series on the Trinity. We briefly reviewed key concepts and then tied up some loose ends from our conversation last week. We introduced concepts related to historical theology and how this functions in the codification of our beliefs.


Key Themes:
  • Basic introduction to historical theology
Digging Deeper:

  •  Imagine someone in your OIKOS asks you the following question. How do you respond? "Matt. 24:36 says that Jesus doesn't know the day of His return. If Jesus is God, how is it possible that He doesn't know this?"
  • Use the following tools to build your answer:
    • Use the information from the in-class teachings on the Trinity.
    • Use information presented in the video on extra dimensions you watched above.
    • Use the universal teachings of the church in history:
      • Jesus is God and God is all-knowing
      • "all things that belong to the Son also belongs to the Father" (in other words, they share all knowledge in common with one another)
      • Jesus can't set aside His deity

Week 7: AMA – Life on other planets? What about UFOs and aliens?

We took some time this week for some open Q & A. Here are the questions that came up.

Question #1: Is there evidence for life on other planets?


Digging Deeper:
  • Video: Journey Toward Creation (available through

Question #2: How should Christians think about reports of UFOs and alien abductions?


Digging Deeper:

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Week 6: What About Alternate Views of the Trinity?

We are continuing to explore tough questions about our faith. Right now, we're focusing on the Trinity. We're fine-tuning our understanding of this foundational doctrine, but also meditating on how it directly applies to our lives.

Key Themes:
  • Common heresies related to the Trinity:
    • Tri-Theism
    • Modalism 
    • Arianism
Digging Deeper:

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Week 5: Why Should I Care About the Trinity?

We are continuing to explore tough questions about our faith. One of the toughest concepts for unbelievers to understand is the Trinity. But rather than throwing up our hands in despair, let's take some time to understand how this doctrine is actually the core of our entire faith.

Key Themes:
  • Basics of the doctrine of the Trinity
  • Trinity as the foundation of our identity and mission: reflection on John 14:5–21
Digging Deeper:

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Week 4, Part 1: What Does it Mean to be a Christian?

This week we are introducing some foundational tools for doing good theology: creeds (or statements of faith). Talking to our OIKOS about what it means to be a Christian is a lot easier when we know what we believe.

Key Themes:
  • Establishing boundaries of the Christian worldview
Digging Deeper:

Week 4, Part 2: Is God Good?

In this conversation, we are exploring a foundational component to the Christian worldview: the Fatherhood of God. Many people in our OIKOS have broken relationships with their earthly fathers which damages their views of God.

Key Themes:
  • The biblical case for seeing God as Father
  • Parables of Luke 15: the lost sheep, the lost coin, the lost son
  • Discussion: "What if my dad was made God for a day?"

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Week 3: Becoming Aware of Our Glasses

This week's conversation is the third in a series where we're laying out the critical elements that we will build on in the coming months. We dug a little deeper into the concept of worldviews. Next week, we'll begin applying these ideas to conversations with our OIKOS.

Key Themes:
  • Worldview of American culture
  • Key worldview questions
Further Discussion: