The Reason for God

Date: February, 25, 2024
Time: 9:00 AM


Tim Keller’s A Reason for God is a look at the tension between faith and doubt in our nation.  We’ll consider many of the hot button topics that people may encounter in our culture.  Can there really be just one religion?  Why is there so much suffering?  The point of walking through these questions is to see that God offers answer for these and every question of our world.  Ultimately the answer is found in Jesus.

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Lesson One: Introduction

I find your lack of faith-disturbing.  Darth Vader

Lesson Two: One to Rule Them All

There can’t be just one true religion is the official name of this lesson, but I though Tolkien’s title works better.  It is offensive to sinful man to teach that Christianity is the only true religion.

Lesson Three: Everything Come Untrue

Why do bad things happen to good people?  Ok, let’s make it easier – Why do bad things happen?  Ok, let’s back it off more – why do REALLY bad things happen rarely?  No matter how you slice it, it’s difficult to get around the trial of suffering.

Lesson Four

Lesson Four: So Much Injustice

Fanatics and nominal Christians might be on opposite ends of the spectrum, but they can end up having the same result when people examine their lives.  How does the behavior of some Christians impact the unbelieving world around them?  Is Christianity really the source of evil and violence in the world?

Lesson Five: How Could a Loving God and Hell Both Exist

Can a loving God send someone to hell?  There are Christians who deny this!  We’ll look at a few of the arguments that reasonable people make against the existence of hell.

Lesson Six: Science Disproves Christianity

We know so many things about the world.  Haven’t we reached a point in the history of the world where we no longer need “god” to solve our problems?  Science has all the answers, doesn’t it?

Lesson Seven: You Can’t Take The Bible Literally

Did God really mean that?  It sounds hard to believe.  Didn’t God want us to use our common sense when we read something fantastic in the Bible?  Does God mean what he says?  What if some really smart people would just tell us what is true and false in the Bible?  That actually happened.

Lesson Eight: Intermission

We’re going to change gears at this point in the book.  We’ve looked at the top seven reason for people to NOT believe in Christianity.  Before we jump into arguments FOR Christianity we need to work through a few important questions.

Lesson Nine: The Clues of God

This is the first in the positive half of the book.  Keller spent the first half beating back attacks on Christianity.  In the second half he will offer positive evidence – clues in this first lesson.

Lesson Ten: The Knowledge of God

How can we KNOW that there is a God?  The Bible doesn’t try to prove the existence of God.  It’s a given fact!  The fingerprints of the creator aren’t just all around us.  They are burned onto our hearts.

Ends of the Earth

Lesson Eleven: The Problem of Sin

Maybe if we just try harder, that will fix everything.  The problem of sin in the world has already been touched on in the first half of the book as a defense of God.  God never created creation to be this veil of tears.  Sin has so infected mankind that it can’t be stopped.  There is only one solution.

Communists

Lesson Twelve: Religion and the Gospel

So you’ve got a problem – sin.  Don’t we all.  Why does Jesus have to be the solution?  Can’t I deal with my sin in my own way or through a different faith?

Lesson Thirteen: The (True) Story of the Cross

How about if we just focus on the life of Jesus?  Did Jesus have to die?  Is there something sinister with the crucifixion?  In our society many are looking away from Christianity – it’s divine child abuse.

Lesson Fourteen: The Reality of the Resurrection

Easter changes everything.  From a life lived for Jesus – to a death that has lost its sting, the empty tomb transforms everything that the Christian encounters in the rest of his day.