Sermon Discussion: 1-16-21

Discussion Guide
Apostles’ Creed: The Father
January 16, 2021

Reading: Genesis 1

Gathering Question: 

What is one way that you have seen God at work in your life this week? 

Gathering Prayer. 

Father, by Your Spirit, would you guide us into all truth. Help us to hear and be attentive to Your voice as we work through this study. In the name of Jesus, Your Son, we pray, Amen. 

Opening Questions

  • What stood out to you in the sermon? 
  • What insights did you gain? 
  • What questions did it raise?

The maker of heaven and earth | Faith vs Science

  • Why do you think faith and science are seen in opposition to each other?
  • What are some of the ways that the relationship between faith and science have been difficult for you? 
  • How have you seen people look to science to answer the “why” questions of life? What does it lead to when someone looks to science to answer the “why” of life? 

Abraham Joshua Heschel (from: God in Search in Man)? 

God is not a scientific problem, and scientific methods are not capable of solving it. The reason why scientific methods are not capable of solving it is the success of their application in positive sciences. The fallacy involved in this analogy is that of treating God as if He were a phenomenon within the order of nature. The truth, however, is that the problem of God is not only related to phenomena within nature but to nature itself; not only to concepts within thinking but to thinking itself. It is a problem that surpasses nature, to what lies beyond all things and all concepts. The moment we utter the name of God we leave the level of scientific thinking and enter the realm of the ineffable. 

  • What is your response to the above quote? 
  • How would you explain the relationship between faith and science to someone with questions? 

The Father Almighty | John 20

  • Why is it important to combine these two claims that is the maker of all and also our Father?
  • We call God Father, because Jesus called Father. What are the implications of that truth for you? 
  • The invitation of the gospel is that the maker of everything wants to be known by you. What can you do this week to know God better? 

Closing Prayer: 

Father and Maker of heaven and earth. Thank You that You want to know and for us to know You. We receive the gift of Your Son that we might walk in a relationship with You. This week help us to walk more closely as we know Your desire is for a relationship with us. Amen.