CA#4: I believe in God but don’t know Him.

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STUDY GUIDE FOR 3-4-19

The Christian Atheist:  Are we who we say we are?

#4 – I believe in God but don’t know Him.

 Think about life: 

  • If people say they believe in God, what things about God might they believe?
  • If you church was part of your life growing up, what things do you remember learning about God?
  • How does learning things about God help us learn to know God?
  • How can learning things about God actually get in the way of knowing God?
  • Have you shifted from a time in life when you believed in God but didn’t know Him, to a time in which you begin to know God? What was that shift like?

Digging Deeper into Scripture:  

  • Read Mt. 16:13-17 and John 21:12-17
    • (Mt. 16:13-17) What was the difference between what people were believing about Jesus and what Peter believed about Jesus?  What did Peter believe that others did not?  How did Peter come to believe that Jesus was the Christ?
    • (Jn. 21:12-17) After his threefold denial Jesus gives Peter the opportunity for a threefold affirmation.  What would that mean to Peter?  What would that mean for the other disciples who were listening?
    • What’s the difference between you know Jesus as the Christ and knowing Jesus as your Christ?
    • Think about how faith is passed down from generation to generation. What is the difference between passing down a belief about God to passing down knowing God in Christ?
  • Read 1 John 2:3-11
    • How many times does John use the word “obey”?
    • Why do you think John links knowing God with obeying God?
    • How important is Jesus’ example to what it means to obey God?
    • What is Jesus commandment? What did it look like for Jesus to love his disciples?  What does it look like for us to love each other?
    • What obstacles to we have to overcome in loving each other?
    • Share a story of someone’s Christian love for you that deeply impacted your life.

 Scripture readings:  Titus 1:16; Mt., 7:15-27; 1 John 2:1-11