Lenten Series: Seven Essential Questions

January 30th, 2012

Both lifelong Christians and people on the edges of the church have some of the same basic questions about life and faith. Lent is the perfect time to explore these questions, leading up to the big question that is answered with Easter: is there hope for life and life beyond death?

Week One: Who Is Jesus?

Matthew 16:13-16
Every person needs to grapple with Jesus’ question to his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” Christians believe he is “the Christ, the son of the living God.”

Week Two: What Matters Most?

Mark 12:28-34
Relationships—with God and others—matter most.

Week Three: Am I Accepted?

John 8:1-11
Even with our flaws, Jesus loves and accepts us as beloved children of God.

Week Four: Where Is God?

John 1:1-5, 14
Although God is not limited to working through people, God primarily works though human instruments.

Week Five: What Brings Fulfillment?

John 13:1-5, 13-17
True fulfillment comes from serving others.

Week Six: What about Suffering?

Matthew 27:27-31
(Palm/Passion Sunday) Although God does not prevent suffering, the crucified God fully enters human suffering and works to redeem that suffering.

Week Seven: Is There Hope?

Matthew 28:1-7
(Easter) Jesus Christ’s resurrection gives us hope for life and even hope for death.

This series is based on my book What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian? A Guide to What Matters Most.

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