Our current Grace Church preaching series, “God’s Rescue Mission”, has often focussed on how we can share our faith, so a training day looking at “Answering the Big Objections to Christianity” seemed to make perfect sense – and what a great day it was!
Tom Price, David Bennet and Jo Vitale, all from Ravi Zacharias Ministries, served us so well, introducing as to the world of “Christian apologetics” – which means ‘giving answers to people who ask us about our Christian faith’. Lots of difficult questions were considered and many brilliant answers were found; certainly my brain was stretched and I know others were impacted too.
David’s joy-filled, personal testimony was especially moving. His story of transformation from being a church hating, gay rights campaigner through to personally encountering Jesus and beginning a relationship with a loving God is one you really don’t want to miss.
For those who were unable to attend in person you can hear the downloads for free through our church website.
Is Christianity outdated and irrelevant?
Are science and Christian faith incompatible?
What about war and genocide in the Bible?
If God is real why doesn’t he make himself more obvious?
All this and more is available to listen to for free.
A difficult question
However, what I have been left reflecting on was not the answers given to the questions we raised, but rather my personal lack of a clear answer to the question that Tom Price posed to us during his talk in Chichester and Bognor on the Sunday morning.
Tom asked a deceptively simple question, but one I am still reflecting on and I would encourage you to reflect on too:
“What kind of relationship do you think God seeks with you?”
Tom described three possibilities that are each less than God wants for us. Sometimes as Christians we can act as though the relationship God seeks with us is this:
- God wants us to be GOOD: he wants us to live productive lives and use our talents and gifts well; a pragmatic, practical way to relate to God
- God wants us to BELIEVE in his existence: to adhere to a certain set of beliefs
- God wants us to develop the right FEELINGS towards him: to develop positive emotions towards God; thankfulness and joy.
Tom then said this:
“If you think that being a Christian is these three things, or a combination of these three things or one of these things, then there might be something more for you to discover about God – God may want a deeper way of connecting with you. Maybe God doesn’t just want these three things;
maybe God wants a friendship with you.”
So I’m left with a lot to reflect on personally following the weekend. I went with some difficult questions I was seeking answers to, but I came away with a much deeper question to think about for myself.
If you have the time, we would love to hear your feedback and reflections on the weekend too.