Sunday, June 4, 2017

Weeks 7, 8 and 9: Is It a Sin to Be Gay?

We are wrapping up our teaching series called, "BIG Questions Unbelievers Ask." There is a lot of conversation happening right now in our culture about LGBT issues and whether the church should reconsider the traditional interpretation of Scripture. So this week, we are exploring the question, "Is it a sin to be gay?"

Part 1 – Introduction to the Controversy


Key Themes:
  • Does God hate me because I'm LGBT?
    • Thoughts on the Christian's struggle with sins of the flesh
  • How do I follow Jesus as a same sex attracted person?
    • Survey of the 2 major evangelical approaches to the LGBT question
    • Key "Progressive Evangelical" figures (Matthew Vines, Jen Hatmaker)
  • Can a someone be a Christian and gay?

Digging Deeper:
  • Book chapter: "Don't I have the right to do what I want with my own body?" Without a Doubt, by Kenneth Samples


Part 2 – What does the Old Testament teach about homosexuality?



Key Themes:
  • Brief review of lesson 1
  • Genesis 1–2
  • Genesis 19 (Sodom)
    • Ezek. 16:48–50
  • Lev. 18:22 and 20:13
  • Mark 10:17–31

Digging Deeper:
  • Video: "Homosexuality & the Bible," with Robert Gagnon (good discussion of the Christian's relationship with the Mosaic law)


Part 3 – What does the New Testament teach about homosexuality?


Key Themes:
  • Brief review of previous lessons
  • Teachings of Jesus
  • Romans 1
  • 1 Cor. 6:9–11; 1 Tim. 1:8–11
  • Common informal fallacies:
    • ad hominem
    • appeal to pity
    • appeal to personal spiritual experience

Digging Deeper:


Part 4 – What causes homosexuality?


Key Themes:
  • Complex web of issues:
    • Sexual experimentation
    • Cultural persuasion; gay propaganda
    • Perceptions
    • Thoughts/Meditations
    • Choices 
  • Is there a gay gene?

Digging Deeper:



Part 5 – What does it mean to be transgender?


Key Themes:
  • Definitions of key terms 
  • Progressive vs. Traditional paradigm
  • Quick responses to transgender people

Digging Deeper:



Part 6 – How do we love?



Interviews on Practical Loving
 

Digging Deeper:

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Weeks 5 and 6: How Can God Exist? Look at All the Pain, Evil and Suffering in the World!

We are continuing our teaching series called, "BIG Questions Unbelievers Ask." This week, we are exploring the question, "How can the existence of an all-loving and all-powerful God compatible with the existence of evil?" This is a common point of confusion for many outsiders to our faith, as well as some Christians.

Part 1: Moral Evil


Key Themes:
  • Understanding the difference between answering the logical problem of evil vs. people's personal pain and suffering
  • The philosophical problem of evil
  • Addressing the "moral" problem of evil
  • Considering how the existence of evil reveals good
  • Christians as part of the solution to the problem of evil

Digging Deeper:
  • Book: "How Can a Good and All-Powerful God Allow Evil?" Without a Doubt, by Kenneth Samples 




Part 2: Natural Evil



Key Themes:
  • Brief review of part 1
  • Overview of the old-earth creation approach to "natural evil"
  • Overview of the two creation model of Scripture

Digging Deeper:

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Weeks 3 and 4: Why Are Christians So Hypocritical, Nasty and Judgmental?

We are continuing our current teaching series called, "BIG Questions Unbelievers Ask." This week, we are exploring the question, "Why are Christians so hypocritical, nasty and judgmental?" This is a common point of confusion for many outsiders to our faith, as well as some Christians. 

Part 1


Part 2



Key Themes:
  • Reasons people reject Christianity
  • Answering the hypocrite charge from logic
  • Discussion of Matthew 7:1-5
  • Discussion of Matthew 23
  • Dealing with people's pain
  • Ideas for changing behavior

Digging Deeper:
  • Book: "Doesn't Hypocrisy Invalidate Christianity?" Without a Doubt, by Kenneth Samples

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Week 2: How Can There Be Only Way to God?

We are continuing our current teaching series called, "BIG Questions Unbelievers Ask." This week, we are exploring the question, "How can there be only one way to God?" This is a common point of confusion for many outsiders to our faith, as well as some Christians.


Key Themes:
  • Social Pluralism 
    • Religious freedom
    • Social allies
  • Religious Pluralism
    • The exclusive claims of Jesus
    • Contradictions with other religions
    • Radical inclusivity of Jesus


Digging Deeper:
  • Book: 
    • "How Should Christians Respond to the World's Religions?" Without a Doubt, by Kenneth Samples

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Week 1: Why Are There so Many Kinds of Churches?

We are starting a new teaching series called, "BIG Questions Unbelievers Ask." In this first episode, we explore the question, "Why are there so many different kinds of churches?" This is a common point of confusion for many outsiders to our faith.



Key Themes:
  • Survey of the 3 major streams of Christianity: 
    • Ancient Faith
    • Evangelical
    • Pentecostal
  • Downsides of being a Protestant
  • Importance of Christianity unity

Digging Deeper:

Sunday, April 16, 2017

New Series: BIG Questions Nonbelievers Ask

New Teaching Series
Spring/Summer 2017

To access this series of teachings, click on the image below

http://foundationsbibleclass.blogspot.com/p/big-questions.html


Sometimes we hope that unbelievers won't ask us certain questions about our faith. We can feel very awkward because our answers seem to go against what our culture thinks is right. 

This teaching series will help you overcome fear, walk with greater compassion, and share Jesus with love and boldness. Come and be empowered to engage in culturally relevant conversations with your OIKOS! 

Topics:
  • Why are the so many kinds of churches?
  • How can there be only one way to God?
  • Why are Christians so hypocritical, nasty and judgmental? (2 parts)
  • How can God exist? Look at all the evil, pain and suffering in the world! (2 parts)
  • Is it a sin to be gay? (3 parts)

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Week 27: What About Contradictions in the Resurrection Accounts?

This is the second part of our discussion about the resurrection of Jesus. We tackle some of the most commonly cited "contradictions" in the resurrection accounts. Are they historically reliable?


Key Themes:
  • What did the sign say that hung over Jesus' head on the cross?
  • How many women went to Jesus' tomb?
  • How many angels were at the tomb?

Digging Deeper: