Your Biggest Questions
What’s your biggest question about the Christian faith? Is it about heaven or hell? Maybe it’s about social issues like LGBT rights or race and culture. Or just maybe it’s just “Why would God make mosquitos anyway?” The journey of faith is filled with questions like these. We can either ignore them, look to the world around us for guidance, or turn to God for answers. We’re going to do the latter.
In this series, we’re going to tackle eight big questions, submitted and voted on by the RiverLife congregation. Together, along with God’s Word and the Holy Spirit, we’re going to wrestle through the complexities of these issues and come out the other side with more clarity in the questions and wisdom and grace in our answers.
When you get an idea, how can you tell whether it’s from God, from yourself, or just from some bad sushi? What if you’re just hearing your own desires or, worse yet, a lie from Satan. Join Pastor Greg as he shares one key principle and six practical guidelines for hearing and distinguishing God’s voice in your life. God wants to speak to you. We just need to learn how to hear Him. (7/3/16)
Black Lives Matter. Mass shootings. Syrian refugees. There’s no shortage in tragedies and social injustices in our world today. How should Christians respond to these events and causes? Militant activism? Passive ignorance? Join Pastor Greg this week to learn the vital role to play in social justice. But it’s more than just what we do; it’s how we do it as well. (7/10/16)
It’s one of the classic paradoxes of Christianity: How could God, who is full of love and mercy, send people to a place of eternal torment simply because they don’t believe in Jesus? How could a good God do that? Is that fair? Resolving this issue is hard, but there is an answer. Join Pastor Greg to learn how to reconcile these seemingly contradictory beliefs. (7/17/16)
What is the role of culture in religion? Should cultural values and customs influence religious beliefs and practices? Or should religion stand apart from culture, unaffected by its influence? Pang Foua Yang Rhodes sorts through this difficult issue and allows Scripture to provide some clarity in the complexity. (7/24/16)
This is one of the hottest topics in American right now—from gay marriage to transgender bathroom policies. The issues are complex, highly volatile, and deeply personal. With churches on both sides of the LGBT debate, what’s a Christian to do? Join Pastor Greg as he provides a biblical response for all of us, regardless of which side of the debate you fall on. (7/31/16)
Have you ever questioned whether God really loves you? Or whether the Bible is actually God’s Word or just a bunch of books written by men? Doubt is something that all of us experience at one time or another. Join us as Pastor Greg shares from Scripture how it’s less about your doubts and more about what you do with them. (8/7/16)
Behind the death of a loved one, an unanswered prayer, or the suffering of an innocent child lies the same question: “Why do bad things happen to good people?” It seems to imply that God is either not all-knowing, not all-powerful, or not all-good. So, how do we think through this three-way conundrum? Join Pang Foua Yang Rhodes as she shares the classic story of Job and how God provides the most unexpected answer to one of the most common questions. (8/14/16)
This is probably the original “biggest question." People started asking this question the moment Jesus started teaching, and they haven’t stopped asking it ever since. It seems ludicrous that any religion could make such an exclusive claim. Join Pastor Greg as he explains why this is such an important question and what it means for each of us. RiverLife Church, St. Paul, MN. (8/21/16)