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Summary: In this series it is my goal that you not question your faith, but be able to ask the questions about your faith that you have always wondered, but never knew the answer

Sermon Series: “Questioning the Faith”

Introduction: “Opening the Dreaded Box”

Text: 1 Peter 3:15

OPENING JOKE:

INTRODUCTION: We are going to begin a very special series of sermons this evening called, “Questioning the Faith”

In this series it is my goal that you not question your faith, but be able to ask the questions about your faith that you have always wondered, but never knew the answer

The way I hope to achieve this is to have you all write out your best questions concerning your faith and give them to me. In turn I will take the week, study them and then preach on the subjects I am asked about

Remember, if everyone asks questions it may take a week or two to answer yours, so please remember to attend all evening services so that you don’t miss anything

Let’s begin our introduction to this series…

***Some people don’t ever want their faith to be called into question.

Illustration: “My friend in UNF” I have a friend who is going to UNF to be a Priest in the Episcopal Church. He shares with me all of the questions that come up about his faith. He told me that in his ‘religion and the courts’ class he has to share discussions with people who consider themselves neo-pagans, atheists, agnostics, and one who considers himself a Christian homosexual.

He said that the experience is very hard, but it has taught him to rely more and more on his faith in Christ.

The more he is attacked as one of the small handful of conservative Christians in the class, the more he is forced to trust in Christ for the answers.

He said that one sweet girl actually dropped the class because she had come from a very sheltered home and church life, and she just couldn’t handle the constant barrage of anti-Christian sentiment.

I told you this story to illustrate a point: My friend, who has since finished school, now has a deeper rooted faith, having gone through these classes, than if he had not.

He will be more ready to make a defense for his faith because he has been inside the mind of those who oppose his beliefs, and he understands them.

We need to know that questions that people are asking to be prepared to give our defense.

Illustration: “Wrong Tools” It makes no sense to bring woodworking tools to a metal shop; the same is true about learning how to answer questions that people never ask.

Many of us know a lot about the Bible, doctrine and fundamental Christianity, but these are not topics that non-believer’s ask

Tonight we are going to discuss a few of the questions I have been asked on more than one occasion, along with the answers that make the most sense.

Important note: You will almost never ‘argue’ someone into belief. These answers are not meant to debate the skeptic, but reassure the believer. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God, not arguing its contents

One of the most popular questions I hear from people is:

1. Where did God come from? What was He doing before the creation of the universe?

Other ways to ask the same question:

i. If God made everything, who made God?

ii. Did God have a beginning?


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