Before You Lose Your Faith
Recently, a number of high-profile Christians have publicly rejected their Christian faith. Many of them have left Christianity, not necessarily because they don’t believe Christianity is true, but because they don’t believe Christianity is good.
Either because of hearing about these former Christians rejecting their faith, or because of struggles you have had in your own faith, you may be ready to walk away from Christianity. In a world full of injustice and cultural norms that conflict with Scripture, it can be difficult to remain strong in your faith.
In this series, we want to examine several contemporary social issues and compare them with the teachings of Jesus. Through this series, we will find that Jesus is not only the one true God and Savior, but also that he is good and what he teaches is good for us and good for society.
October 24, 2021: Jesus is Good For Every Race
Some people have left the Christian Church because they heard that Christianity supports racism. But when we look to the life and teaching of Jesus, we see Jesus confronting the systemic racism of his day, not encouraging or continuing racist practices. When we follow Jesus’ teachings, the Christian Church can begin to break down the racial barriers we see in our culture to share Jesus’ love with all people.
Scriptures: Luke 10:25-37
October 31, 2021: Jesus is Good For Children, the Poor, and the Oppressed
Some people have left the Christian Church because they have witnessed abuse and neglect of the most vulnerable among Christians. Many of these people have been victims of the Church and have come to associate Christianity with pain. Yet, Jesus spoke strongly against any form of abuse or maltreatment to anyone who is vulnerable, especially children. When we faithfully follow Jesus’ words, the Christian church becomes a group that supports children, the poor, and the oppressed.
Scriptures: Matthew 20:20-28
November 7, 2021: Jesus is Good For Every Gender
Some have left the Christian Church because they have witnessed Christians treating men and women differently. While the Bible makes it clear that men and women are different, the elevation of one gender over another is not Scriptural. Jesus challenged the inequality of his day and ours as he met with the Samaritan woman at the well. If we follow Jesus’ words and example, the Christian Church will be good for both men and women.
Scriptures: John 4:1-26
November 14, 2021: Eternal Judgment from Jesus is Good
Some have left the Christian church because the Bible speaks about eternal judgment in Hell for some. But when we look at the teachings of Jesus, we can see that eternal judgment was not originally intended for humans, but for the devil and his angels. And yet, Jesus wisely judges those who continue to harm those around them and refuse his love and forgiveness. When we study Jesus’ words on eternal judgment, we find that this message is good for society as it keeps us from being the judges and inflicting vengeance on our enemies.
Scriptures: Matthew 25:31-46
November 21, 2021: Jesus is Good for Scientific Progress
Some have left the Christian Church because they heard that Christianity hinders scientific progress. But Scripture shows that Jesus loved the natural world and taught us to investigate it so that we might know the Creator even better. When we look at Jesus’ words, we will actually be encouraged to study science, discovering out the world works. And we will find that Christianity is good for scientific progress.
Scriptures: Matthew 6:25-34
November 24, 2021: Jesus’ Generosity Is Good for All People
Some people have become wary of the Christian Church because they feel that they just ask for money. At times, we all get frustrated that we don’t have as much as someone else. But we find in God’s Word that Jesus is unendingly generous. All that we have – wealth, abilities, status – is from God. And the most important gift he gives to us is grace. Because of Jesus’ generosity, Christians can be inspired to serve others and give generously to others.
Scriptures: Matthew 25:13-40