By Matt Dawson
By Matt Dawson
This weekend, we will kick of a brand new series entitled “Questions Without Answers.”
If you’re anything like my wife Tracie, the series already bothers you.
Because you LOVE answers. The idea that something does not have a clear answer is frustrating and you can only imagine 3 weeks of me frustrating you every Sunday with questions that only produce more questions.
Well, I promise not to do that. Or at least, I promise that it’s not my intention to do that.
This series is going to tackle 3 current cultural issues that have tons of questions without answers. The racial issues in country, the LGTBQ community, and the state of politics in our country. All of these issues have questions surrounding them that many people struggle to answer with any sort of absolute truth. People struggle to find any objective answers to these questions and instead we debate our subjective truths (my truth vs your truth) until we’ve lost sight of the original question.
King David in the Psalms writes…
Psalm 86:11 – “Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your Truth!”
In our post-modern culture, many have rejected the ideology of a single standard of absolute truth. David didn’t seem to have any problem with absolute truth. He even requested to KNOW God’s ways so that he could live out his life according to HIS Truth.
I believe that many of our culture’s questions that are surrounded with subjective answers can help us find our way back to the possibility that there IS an absolute truth in all things. His name was Jesus. His ways are available to us and we can choose to live according to His truth even in today’s unsettling times.
Join us over the next 3 weeks as we seek out God’s truth together and recognize how it can impact our lives!
By David McNeely
Missouri’s nickname is The Show Me State. Many stories claim the origins of the slogan, but the one most widely known credits a Missouri U.S. Congressman named Willard Duncan Vandiver. During an 1899 speech in Philadelphia he said, “I come from a state that raises corn and cotton and cockleburs and Democrats, and frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies me. I am from Missouri. You have got to show me.”
The book of James could be the Missouri book of the New Testament. In essence, James reminds the readers that the world is looking at the church and says, “frothy eloquence neither convinces nor satisfies our curiosity about this new Christian religion. You have got to show me.” Following Jesus isn’t about saying one follows Jesus. It’s about actually following Jesus. And God radically changes the lives of the followers of Jesus.
James is the half-brother of Jesus and one of the leaders of the early church in Jerusalem. He was martyred in A.D. 62 and probably wrote this letter to a persecuted church in the late 40’s; making James one of the oldest books written in the New Testament. James quotes Jesus more times per page than any other NT book.
Interestingly, the book of James was viewed with suspicion by a few of the church fathers. They did not see it worthy of being a part of the sacred scriptures. Martin Luther said it was, “a right strawy epistle.” He said this because he thought the book was weak on the doctrine of justification by faith. It isn’t. It is simply looking at what faith produces. It shows what happens as a result of genuine faith.
The book of James is clear, concise, efficient, practical, and memorable. It has been a favorite book of many Christians throughout the centuries. He pulls no punches, uses many metaphors and illustrations, and hits on subjects such as trials, wisdom, favoritism, controlling the tongue, and prayer. This book is one of the most read, quoted, and memorized books in all of the scriptures.
Over the next few weeks we’ll look at each chapter, and you’ll see how every paragraph meets us right where we are. This book is a teacher’s dream. It is written like a sermon ought to be preached. For all these reasons and more I’ll bet you’ll find this book to be unforgettable Monday through Saturday. And that’s the goal. We want us all to “Read Your Bible.”
Use your guide to read and meditate on God’s Word. Pray that each week the Holy Spirit would enable you to come, look up, listen, and respond. In the first chapter James wrote this, “17 Every good and perfect gift is from above.” What a gift the book of James is to God’s people. God has spoken … He is speaking … and He will speak to us through this book.
See you on Sunday!
By Zack DeBerry
I don’t know about you, but one of the questions that I sometimes hear and even have to answer for myself revolves around the usefulness of the Bible in everyday life. We have talked about the Bible in terms of history and reliability, but just how useful is it on a daily basis?
This is the very question that we will be addressing this Sunday at Journey as we close our “Why I Can Trust The Bible” series. We hope that you will see why the Bible is timeless and culturally relevant to all people in all places. The Bible is a text that has survived for thousands of years and still remains relevant to our lives today.
This week, we will talk about why we believe you can trust the Bible to have answers for whatever you are facing in your day to day life. Join us at our Huntersville campus at 9AM or 11AM or catch us live online at 11AM.
By David McNeely
Is there any reason to believe the Bible when some of it’s claims seem so outrageous?
Last year, I met with a 29 year-old engineer for dinner over the course of 4 weeks. He was and still is brilliant. He’s also compassionate, kind, and respectful. It was a joy to meet with him. He stills comes to our church. He enjoys coming and learning. Last year when we began meeting, he was unconvinced of the truthfulness of the Bible. He was stuck on two issues: Creation and Jesus’ resurrection. He is not alone.
Many people struggle to believe the validity of a book that makes claims that the earth was created in six days and that a guy was dead on Friday but came back to life on Sunday. The reason it is hard for many to swallow is obvious– we just don’t see that happen today.
This weekend, we will look at two differing ways to apply apologetics. We’ll ask these kind of questions.
- Was the earth created in six 24 hour days? Can one believe something different and still say the Bible is without error?
- Was Jesus really physically dead on Friday, Saturday, and into Sunday?
- Did he physically rise from the dead sometime that Sunday morning?
- Can one believe something different and believe the scriptures are reliable?
We’ll use these two issues and see how to give a reasonable argument for the validity of God’s Word.
Can you trust the Bible? Yes, you can. See you on Sunday!
By Don Gentry
This Sunday, we are starting a new series called Why I Can Trust the Bible. It is unfortunate that many people feel that they can’t adequately explain and express why they believe in Jesus and the Bible without feeling like they are inferior intellectuals.
Many non-believers feel that Christianity is some form of a religious or emotional crutch. Yet it is also amazing the number of Christians that cannot articulate a reason for their faith in Christ. This series is designed to help us as individuals have a solid, explainable approach to understanding our faith.
As a church, we also want you to be able to express your faith to everyone as we humbly point others to absolute hope. There is a passage of scripture that really helps to solidify the purpose behind this series. We are going to spend the next few weeks covering this incredibly important and interesting approach to faith.
“15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”, 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV2011)
Our church’s mission is to humbly point Everyone to absolute Hope. How do we share an “absolute truth” without aggressively debating, emotionally shaming, intellectually convincing, or personally guilting others into a belief? It is done by expressing a truth with gentleness and respect. This series is designed to help equip us to know how to do this better.
This week, we will be making our faith come alive as we look at how history supports trust and belief in the scriptures. I look forward to watching the truth of the word come alive to each of us over the next few weeks.