January 4, 2011

The Reason for God DVD: Session 1

The Reason for God: Conversations on Faith and Life
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I recently purchase The Reason for God DVD series by Timothy Keller for use at my church.  If you are not familiar with the book and the DVD click here.

I was interested in showing these sessions and working through the accompanying discussions because I believe that this is an area of great importance when it comes to sharing the gospel.  As Christians, we need to be able to handle... in a reasonable way... doubts and questions.

This past Sunday we watched the first session.  In this session the doubts related to science and the Bible were discussed.  Topics such as whether or not the Bible is simply myth and the idea that science has disproved the Bible.  I find these interesting because, in one version or another, many of the people that I meet outside of church consider these reasonable thoughts.  Embedded in these thoughts is the additional idea that it is OK to believe the Bible, even if it is just myth.  This idea is even supported by one of the members of the discussion group on the DVD.

After we watched the first session, we tackled the first two discussion questions from the guide that comes with the DVD.  I think it went well.  It even prompted some good discussion in our group.

I am hoping and praying for two results from watching these sessions.  First I am hoping that these will help to equip us as we encounter these questions.  Second, and this one might seem a little strange, but I hope that these sessions will build a compassion for those who have these questions and doubts.  Many Christians that I have met have a prideful attitude about their Biblical perspective.  This isn't only wrong, it is counterproductive.  People aren't going to listen to a know-it-all.  There needs to be a humility in what we know.  This can be seen on the DVD at the very end of the first session when one of the people asks the question of Timothy Keller whether or not he would consider changing his beliefs.