Questioning Christianity

This fall we will be launching a new series aimed at addressing questions, concerns, and objections to the Christian faith called Questioning Christianity. 

We think this will be a very relevant series for two reasons. For one, every follower of Christ struggles with doubts and questions of faith, or at least they should. Tim keller explains it well:

A faith without some doubts is like a human body without any antibodies in it. People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic.  A person’s faith can collapse almost overnight if she has failed over the years to listen patiently to her own doubts, which should only be discarded after long reflection.

Any honest person who is actually taking the time to consider her faith (whatever that faith may be) and not just believing what her mommy, daddy, or teacher told her will be forced to wrestle through hard questions. We believe such wrestling is a healthy activity. In the end it will expose that whatever one's faith is in is unworthy of trust, or it will lead to a more genuine, tempered faith, informed by ones own conclusions. One of the outcomes of this series might be that you are exposed to questions you'd never thought of before or concerns that up until now you've avoided. We hope that Questioning Christianity leads you to actually work through why you hold to the beliefs you hold to and that this results in a stronger, more honest faith in Jesus than you've ever had before. 

A second reason for this series is that we believe every follower of Jesus is called to live as an ambassador of Christ in everyday life. Being a disciple of Jesus is no private matter. It informs the way you live and the way you see the world. It determines the way you respond to trials and tragedy, how you handle your finances, how you treat others, even how you engage in politics. As your faith overflows and oozes into the crevasses of everyday life, you'll eventually and unavoidably find yourself in conversations about life's big questions with friends, family members, and coworkers who may not share your worldview. When this happens and you encounter objections or confusion about your faith, we want you to be able to articulate what the Scriptures actually say to such things and why you find the answers that the Christian faith offers more satisfying than alternative ideas and worldviews. We want you to be able to demonstrate that you've wrestled through your beliefs so that you can graciously invite others to do the same. 

To be clear, the point of this series is not to give you ammo for debates with atheist professors, or to give you air-tight arguments against any and every objection against Christianity. But the point is to equip you to acknowledge the questions that everyone is asking, yourself included, and to be ready to give a defense for the reason for the hope that is in you. 

With all of that said, we want your input on this series. What are the questions and doubts you've wrestled with the most, or are currently wrestling with? What are the most common objections you've encountered to the Christian faith? We want this series to be informed and based upon the feedback we receive from you. We likely won't be able to answer every question we receive, but we will try answer as many as possible, and we'll definitely answer the most popular ones. We will also likely include some Q&A at the end of some of these messages. So please share the questions you have about Christianity.  Email them to connect@immanuelbirmingham.com. Title your email, "Questioning Christianity." The deadline for submitting a question is July 31st. 

We hope that by exploring major concerns and tough questions your faith in Jesus will be strengthened and your hope in the gospel fanned into flame. We are praying that this series will lead to many gracious, gospel-centered, fruitful conversations.