The Case for Faith - Participant's Guide: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity

The Case for Faith - Participant's Guide: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity

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by Lee Strobel, Garry Poole
     
 

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In this small group Bible study, The Case for Faith: A Six-session Investigation of the Toughest Objections to Christianity, Lee Strobel discusses tough questions while addressing the most common objections to the Christian faith.
Doubt is familiar territory for Lee Strobel, the former atheist and award-winning author of books for skeptics and Christians. But…  See more details below

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In this small group Bible study, The Case for Faith: A Six-session Investigation of the Toughest Objections to Christianity, Lee Strobel discusses tough questions while addressing the most common objections to the Christian faith.
Doubt is familiar territory for Lee Strobel, the former atheist and award-winning author of books for skeptics and Christians. But he believes that faith and reason go hand in hand, and that Christianity is a defensible religion.
In this six-session study, Strobel uses his journalistic approach to explore the most common emotional obstacles to faith in Christ. These include the natural inclination to wrestle with faith and doubt, the troubling presence of evil and suffering in the world, and the exclusivity of the Christian gospel. They also include this compelling question: Can I doubt and be a Christian?
Through compelling video of personal stories and experts addressing these topics (The Case for Faith DVD, sold separately) combined with reflection and interaction, Christians and spiritual seekers will learn how to overcome these obstacles, deepen their spiritual convictions, and find new confidence that Christianity is a reasonable faith.
Sessions include: 1. The Challenge of Faith 2. Dealing with Doubts3. Evil and Suffering, Part 14. Evil and Suffering, Part 25. Why Is Jesus the Only Way to God? 6. The Power of Faith

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310241140
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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The Case for Faith Participant's Guide

A Six-Session Investigation of the Toughest Objections to Christianity



By Lee Strobel Garry Poole
Zondervan
Copyright © 2008

Lee Strobel and Garry Poole
All right reserved.



ISBN: 978-0-310-24114-0



Chapter One THE CHALLENGE OF FAITH

For me, having lived much of my life as an atheist, the last thing I want is a naive faith built on a paper-thin foundation of wishful thinking or make-believe. I need a faith that's consistent with reason, not contradictory to it; I want beliefs that are grounded in reality, not detached from it. I need to find out once and for all whether the Christian faith can stand up to scrutiny. It was time for me to talk face to face with Charles Templeton. Lee Strobel, The Case for Faith

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If possible, read the following content in preparation for your group meeting. Otherwise, read it as follow-up.

The Case for Faith, introduction: The Challenge of Faith

The Case for Faith, On the Road to Answers

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DVD Introduction and Teaching Segment #1

For every DVD clip, space is provided to take notes on anything that stands out to you.

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1. What are your greatest doubts in life? What spiritual doubts do you carry around with you?

Think About This!

"All of us want somebody to love us. Well, I want to tell you that God loves you. He loves you so much that he gave us his Son to die on the cross for our sins. And he loves you so much that he will come into your life and change the direction of your life and make you a new person, whoever you are." Billy Graham

"What is faith? There would have been no need to define it for these people listening to Billy Graham preach on that sultry June night. Faith was almost palpable to them. They reached out to God almost as if they were expecting to physically embrace him. Faith drained them of the guilt that had oppressed them. Faith replaced despondency with hope. Faith infused them with new direction and purpose. Faith unlocked heaven. Faith was like cool water soaking their parched soul." Lee Strobel

"But faith isn't always that easy, even for people who desperately want it. Some people hunger for spiritual certainty, yet something hinders them from experiencing it. They wish they could taste that kind of freedom, but obstacles block their paths. Objections pester them. Doubts mock them. Their hearts want to soar to God; their intellects keep them securely tied down." Lee Strobel

"I had preached to hundreds of thousands of people the antithetical message, and then I found to my dismay that I could no longer believe it. To believe it would be to deny the brain I had been given. It became quite clear that I had been wrong." Charles Templeton

2. In what ways can you relate to Charles Templeton's experience of doubt? What questions of faith have you been confronted with that you haven't been able to resolve?

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"Reason and faith are opposites, two mutually exclusive terms: there is no reconciliation or common ground. Faith is belief without, or in spite of, reason." Atheist George H. Smith

3. How do you define "doubt"? Where do doubts come from? What effect do they have on people when they hit? What are the pros and cons of a healthy dose of doubt?

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"Faith is a rational response to the evidence of God's self-revelation in nature, human history, the Scriptures and his resurrected Son." Christian educator W. Bingham Hunter

4. Briefly describe your faith journey. When have you been closest to God on your journey in life and at what points have you felt farthest away from him? Explain.

Think About This!

"If a person has faith and it makes them a better individual, then I'm all for that-even if I think they're nuts. Having been a Christian, I know how important it is to people's lives-how it alters their decisions, how it helps them deal with difficult problems. For most people, it's a boon beyond description. But is it because there is a God? No, it's not." Charles Templeton

"Is that what faith is all about-fooling yourself into becoming a better person? Convincing yourself there's a God so that you'll become motivated to ratchet up your morality a notch or two? Embracing a fairy tale so you'll sleep better at night? No thank you, I thought to myself. If that's faith, I wasn't interested." Lee Strobel

5. What is faith in God all about? Is it a fairy tale contrived to make us feel better, or is it something real and significant?

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"Billy, you're fifty years out of date," Templeton argued. "People no longer accept the Bible as being inspired the way you do. Your faith is too simple." Charles Templeton to Billy Graham

6. To what extent are questions and doubts regarding spiritual matters inevitable? Why? Is faith a simple process of belief or does it require a certain degree of thought and struggle or a combination of both? Explain.

7. In the DVD segment Templeton describes an intense longing he had for a relationship with God. Describe the intensity of your desire to be in a relationship with God.

Think About This!

"I had gone through a conversion experience as an incredibly green youth. I lacked the intellectual skills and the theological training needed to buttress my beliefs when - as was inevitable - questions and doubts began to plague me.... My reason had begun to challenge and sometimes to rebut the central beliefs of the Christian faith." Charles Templeton

"Father, I am going to accept this as Thy Word - by faith! I'm going to allow faith to go beyond my intellectual questions and doubts, and I will believe this to be Your inspired Word." Billy Graham

Optional Discussion Questions

Describe the genesis of your doubt about God - how and why did it begin? Why does it sometimes seem so complicated or difficult to believe in God?

What kinds of questions have challenged your ability to believe in the validity of the Bible, the deity of Jesus, or the existence of God?

To what degree is theological training necessary to sustain one's faith?

How much do you value intellectual honesty? Is truth more important than feeling good or is ignorance sometimes bliss?

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DVD Teaching Segment #2

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Meet the Author

Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and is the best-selling author of The Case for Faith, The Case for Christ, and The Case for a Creator, all of which have been made into documentaries by Lionsgate. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee wrote 3 Gold Medallion winners and the 2005 Book of the Year with Gary Poole. He and his wife live in Colorado. Visit Lee's website at: www.leestrobel.com.

As Willow Creek Community Church's key evangelism leader for over sixteen years, Garry Poole is the innovator of seeker small groups and a strategist of creative outreach initiatives. Passionate about reaching people for Christ, Garry and his team have trained thousands of leaders to launch seeker small groups in their own settings. His award-winning book, Seeker Small Groups, provides a detailed blueprint for facilitating small group discussions that assist spiritual seekers with investigating Christianity. He also wrote The Complete Book of Questions, a collection of 1001 conversation starters and numerous group study guides including The Three Habits of Highly Contagious Christians; The Tough Questions Series, and Experiencing the Passion of Jesus (with Lee Strobel) to accompany Mel Gibson’s film, The Passion of the Christ. In 2005, it became the first discussion guide ever to receive the prestigious Charles “Kip” Jordon Christian Book of the Year award. Garry lives in suburban Chicago.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You know those nagging little doubts that your new-age neighbor keeps planting in your mind about Christianity? Well, this book has the answers to those qestions and more, and all from EXPERTS in their field, not just some guy who wrote a book. The author writes in an easy-to-read manner that leads you right through the chapters. He covers all the major questions from "Did Jesus really die?" to "So why are there discrepancies in the various gospels," He goes through the scientific studies--archeology studies--psychiatric studies, etc. and gathers his information from people who really know what they're talking about. This is a book I have already given away and am orderig a couple more to have on hand as a witnessing tool. A great book. I recommend it to anyone who has doubts about the validity of Christianity, and to those who are Christans--it only deepens your faith.
Samantha14 More than 1 year ago
This book was recommended to me by my father. I am only half way done, and it has already changed my life. Prior to reading this book, I have had a strong faith, but in college I am constantly being bashed and mocked for my beliefs. Now that I have read this book, I have received a new sense of confidence and courage to stand up for what i believe in. This book has evidence that proofs Christianity true from multiple perspectives: science, psychology, history, archeology, and secular findings. It also provides tons of explanations to increase the readers understanding of the topic at hand. I loved this book so much, and I think that it has truly strengthened my faith even more. I am so thankful for this book and for Lee Strobel, the author. It is a must read if you are a Christian or Non-Christian!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title of the book 'The Case For Christ' nails down many facts about Christ. I was looking for more facts to help me spark the unbeliever as well as reaffirm my own faith. This book obviously cannot address every concept that its attackers would like to use to discredit its quality however it does present many undeniable facts that support that fact that Jesus lives.
SiwelFP More than 1 year ago
The author, himself an avowed atheist, tracks down learned experts in their field, as he investigates the evidence concerning the case for Christ's existence or nonexistence. He cross-examines each scholar in his attempt to disprove the deity, and history of Christ, but finds overwhelming evidence to the contrary, and in the process discovers his life touched by the Son of God. The author's tough questions challenge each scholar he encounters to produce undeniable evidence of their positions on the truth of Jesus, His birth, His death, and His resurrection. This book reads like a captivating novel that continually puts the reader on the edge of his seat, and challenges him to question hos own beliefs about Christianity. The author also poses questions at the end of each interview for the reader to consider in his judgment of the information which has been propounded from the questions asked, and at the end of this riveting drama, inquires as to what the reader intends to do with the information presented. He asks in the end, "What will be your verdict in the Case for Christ?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Interesting book if you are a person with an inquiring mind and a detective/investigative-type personality.
Anonymous 8 months ago
A in depth study into the historical Jesus. With all of the evidence provided there can only be one answer. JESUS IS ALIVE.
Seantaneous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the sharpest evangelistic tools I have ever possessed. So much so, that this was the first book I actually bought for someone else, and I've read a ton of books. Lee Strobel, in his own personal journey from unbelief to belief, travels through an array of avenues to prove that Jesus is who he said he was and is. The Case for Christ touches on archaeology, history, science and more.
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this book is great because as a Christian I am not fully aware of all of the facts. It was a bit difficult to understand but very informational.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, I had to read several others that are referenced in it...and also Strobel's "Case for Faith". I believe that, no matter your religion or lack thereof, there is valuable information in this book.
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I'm an Atheist with Christian friends. During a discussion with one of them I asked if there was one book I should read, outside of the Bible, which would explain the Christian point of view what would it be? He suggested The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. After reading over half of the book I found I was not able to make myself complete it. It is full of so many logical fallacies that it could probably be used as an example of how not to think logically. Additionally, if you check all of the people he interviewed, they are all pro christian which contradicts the authors claim of neutrality in his "investigation". What would have been more impressive is if evidence could be found by both Christian and Secular sources that come to the same conclusion. Unfortunately that is not included in this book. I admit, I picked this book up with high hopes for a logical, well thought out discussion on the real world evidence for the existence of a historical Jesus as written about in the Bible. Unfortunately, I've found myself to be sorely disappointed. If you are already a believer, or even on the fence on the subject, this book will be great for you. If you are a non-believer, than this book won't do much to change your point of view.
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