Here is your Top 8 Tough Questions
This September we begin an exciting new series called Tough Questions.
We invited you to ask honest, bold and relevant questions about God, life, church and the world we live in. The response to the series was massive, with hundreds of questions put forward!
We selected your Top 40 questions and opened the lines for voting. Thousands of votes came in and your Top 8 have been selected. These will be addressed in order of popularity over the next eight weeks at each of our Sunday services.
To make things really interesting, we'll also be inviting you to interact with the series via Twitter and by submitting SMS questions which will be responded to live and off-the cuff!
We will announce the winners very soon, but (in reality TV style) there are a few announcements first. We want to explain the reasons why we’re doing this series—and how you can help make it a success.
Firstly, we wanted to show that it’s okay to ask questions about God. Christianity is not a call to 'blind-faith' or ‘trust without reason’. We all have doubts—and believe God is big enough to meet us where we are. Whether you’re a seeker, sceptic or card-carrying Christian, this is a series to explore the reliability of your worldview.
Secondly, we wanted to show what is central to the Christian faith. We’ll explore a range of fascinating and relevant topics—some of core importance, others peripheral. Training ourselves to discern the difference is essential for life, love and mission.
Thirdly, we want to equip you to handle tough questions yourself. The goal is not only to give you answers, but also to equip you to handle the questions you have and others ask of you.
We’ll give you principles and tools for the journey ahead.
Firstly, please make a big effort to spread the word about this series, and invite people to join you. The questions are brilliant and provide an open door for connection and conversation with our friends, work colleagues and neighbours. You can get the word out by sharing this post, and pointing people to our Facebook page and website.
Secondly, if you are a Christian—please pray. Pray that God will use this series to draw people closer to God and deepen our trust and love of him. You can also pray for the teaching team. Turns out the questions are not easy—they are very tough!
Thirdly, we invite you to look out for all of the material we’re putting out about this series. The questions are tough for a reason! We will do our best to respond the best we can, but there are no simple or short answers. We assume, therefore, that not every bow will be tied, and we will supplement the sermon series with blog posts, discussions in Community Groups, and supported reading material to keep the conversations going.
Finally, where possible—pursue unity! It is likely that at some point in this series you will hear something that is different to what you had previously thought. This will be true for unbelievers and believers alike. While we don't expect conformity to all teaching, we encourage you to consider and explore what is being said and (where possible) pursue unity, assume love and approach others with generosity.
We love you all very much and believe this is an exciting step for our church! May God use it for our good and His glory.
And now—the results!
Q8 – Sept 1 "What should Christians think about abortion?"
Q7 – Sept 8 "What happens to those who've never heard the gospel, can they be saved?"
Q6 – Sept 15 "Sex before marriage... how far is too far?"
Q5 – Sept 22 "Can a Christian lose their salvation?"
Q4 – Sept 29 "If God predestined people for salvation, why bother with evangelism?"
Q3 – Oct 6 "What is the relationship between God's sovereignty and our free will?"
Q2 – Oct 13 "Do you have to be heterosexual to be a Christian?"
Q1 – Oct 20 "Should Christians support same-sex marriage?"