Investigative Discussion Groups
Got Questions about Christianity?
Do you have a friend or family member who is spiritually curious and open to exploring Christianity? Do they have questions about the faith or even serious doubts or objections that stand in the way of belief? Or are you that person?
If so, we have a few types of groups designed to be a safe environment for exploration, where belief is not assumed, all questions are taken seriously, and divergent viewpoints are respected. The goal is to gain clarity about Christianity and the claims of Christ in order to make an informed choice about what to believe.
Investigative Discussion Groups: In these informal groups, those wanting to explore Christianity set the agenda of discussion by bringing their questions, objections and curiosities about Christ and Christianity. Then, over the course of several meetings, the facilitator guides a two-way discussion aimed at dealing fairly with these questions and objections. The tone is respectful, the form is dialogue (not lecture), the goal is clarity. While the facilitator has a Christian faith commitment, his or her goal is not to push a decision but to clear up misunderstandings so that participants get the most accurate view possible of Christianity in order to make an informed faith choice.
Typical questions raised are:
· “Why Christianity over any other religion?”
· “If God is good and powerful, why does He allow evil and suffering?”
· “Aren’t faith and reason or faith and science incompatible?”
· “At its core, what exactly is Christianity really all about?”
· “If Christianity is valid, why are Christians so….?”
Alpha: Alpha groups are slightly more formal only in the sense that the topics are 11 pre-selected core aspects of Christianity. Each week participants watch a short, engaging video on a topic followed by discussion where they share their thoughts about what they saw and heard. Emphasis is placed on listening for understanding no matter who is sharing.
· “Who is Jesus?”
· “Why did Jesus Die?”
· “How Can I have Faith?”
· “Why and How Should I Pray?”
· “Why and How Should I read the Bible?”
If this is something you are interested in or you think your friend or family member might be interested in let us know below and we will get in touch with you to talk further about which group might be the best fit and when and where you can connect with others asking similar questions.