Intro: Give a brief overview of the previous week’s discussion. Tonight we will discuss the age old question, “Is there a God?”
What do you think most Americans say to this question? What about other places in the world that perhaps you have been?
Although many of you may believe there is a God, some of you might not be on the same page. Please know this is a safe place to be transparent and real.
WATCH VIDEO NOW – PULSE OF THE WORLD: God
The point of this video is to create a tension. Don’t seek to resolve it yet!
Let’s take some time to discuss what we just watched:
Which one of these views from the video is dominant in your sphere of influence?
Did you identify with anyone’s expressed views in the film?
Why do you believe there has been an 11% decrease of belief in God over the last 20 years?
SECTION 2: Tension (15-20 minutes)
(Take a minute to set up video) Watch The Curiosity Collective
In what ways can you identify with any of the stories in the video? What did you find intriguing or compelling?
What makes it easy or difficult to believe in God?
What role—if any—did God play in your family when you were growing up? How does your upbringing impact your beliefs now?
If you are a Christian, do you think you’d still follow Jesus if your parents/family did not value it?
What is your primary view of God (who He is, what he wants)
Has anything convinced you that God does/does not exist?
What do you think could convince you to change your current stance on God’s existence—be that belief or unbelief?
SECTION 3: Content (20 minutes)
At the end of the day, the question for tonight is very difficult. For many the answer is, “Yes, there is a God.” For others the answer is, “No, there is not.” For some the answer is, “I don’t know…”
Can we prove or disprove the existence of God?
I want us to consider one Bible passage regarding the question, “Is there a God” considering the claims of scripture:
CT: The Apostle Paul believed the truth about God has already been made known in Romans 1:18-23 (read in NLT)
What is the author, the Apostle Paul, trying to say?
What have you personally seen or experienced that points to the existence of God?
Let’s think together through a few principles regarding the existence of God. These 4 examples point to the reality of one true God:
Morality – most people operate from a set of strongly held moral principles. The simple claim that there are ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ behaviors implies that here is some sort of higher standard defining what is good or bad.
Question: How do you personally explain the knowledge of right and wrong that you know to be true (that It’s in all man)?
Beauty – most everyone has experienced something so beautiful it takes their breath away. Our reaction to beauty – though part chemical/physiological – points to something in us. It harkens to a longing for something grand and majestic.
Question: When you experience beauty, what do you sense?
Desire – for every desire there is a corresponding objective reality, ie hunger, sexuality, companionship, etc. C.S. Lewis said this, “If I discover within myself a desire which no experience in the world can satisfy, the most probably explanation is that I was made for another world.”
Question: Where do you see this desire play out in your life or culture around you?
Constants – there are finely tuned elements in place both in the course of nature and of the universe. Scientists cannot understand how they are dialed so perfectly and in tune to each other. Should any of them go out of whack, everything would cease to be as it is.
Question: What thoughts come to mind when you think about how finely tuned nature and the universe is?
SECTION 4: Closing
To finish, ask if anyone has any more thoughts. Close by reading Psalm 19:1. Then pray for the group and the things discussed tonight.