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You Asked For It - Week 2

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You Asked For It - Week 2

Mike Popenhagen

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Questions:

1st service:

  1. As a seeker thirsting for knowledge and stories from the Bible, and not having physical time to attend a study group, what is the best way to start to read, study, and understand the Bible?

  2. What is the Christian view of predestination? We always say that God has a plan, but how much of that is determining our life and how much free will do we actually have?

  3. Why do certain churches judge others on their sexuality when in the commandments it says love thy neighbor and do not judge? 

    1 Corinthians 5:9-11
    I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. 
     

  4. How do you respond to someone when they have lost someone to a death or tragedy and they say how can a loving God let that happen? They were a good person or too young etc

  5. How do I answer when someone says "where was God when this happened?" Death, illness, etc.

  6. How do people who ask God for help with key life needs deal with the disappointment when God does not seem to answer their prayers or give them the help they want and need?

  7. How do you respond to someone who says that the only true word of God is the KJ1611 and the bible you are using is just blasphemy? And they take every every opportunity to point out the differences and how wrong your version is.

 


2nd service:

  1.  Before Jesus died and made it possible for us to enter heaven, where did believers go when they died?
     
  2.  Does radiant believe in the Calvinism system of salvation where it is God who calls us to the point of us choosing Him and once redeemed, we cannot lose our salvation...or does Radiant take the Arminianism system we're it is up to each person alone whether they choose God or not and it's possible to lose your salvation?

    Our position: 
    A. Salvation is available for everyone. 
    Romans 10:13
    Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

    B.  Salvation is received & kept by faith.
    Romans 1:17
    For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith."

    C.  Believers stumble from time to time but, continued sin will damage the believer’s faith.
    1 John 3:6
    No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. 

    D.  A Christian can forfeit salvation by rejecting Christ.
    Hebrews 6:4-6  
    It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. 

    Hebrews 10:26
    If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
     
  3. Why did God create us (mankind) knowing that so many would suffer on earth, but more importantly, knowing that so many would die and spend an eternity in Hell. One of my non-Christian friends does not see this as a Loving God.

    1 Corinthians 5:9-11
    I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. 
     
  4. I have a friend who knows Jesus but has had a sick child for 11 years with cancer that is said to be fatal. She cannot see goodness. How do I encourage or support her as my children are healthy and I do not know her pain? I will keep praying!!
     
  5. Why do certain churches judge others on their sexuality when in the commandments it says love thy neighbor and do not judge?
     
  6. If we know Jesus and will go to heaven when we die how does the Bible say we will stand for our sins after we knew Jesus?

 

3rd service:

  1.  If I've already been baptized earlier in my Christian walk, and then backside, should I get baptized again now that I've re-dedicated my life?
     
  2. Is Sunday the start of the week or the end of the week? I've heard both in the Bible. 
     
  3. Why do certain churches judge others on their sexuality when in the commandments it says love thy neighbor and do not judge?

    1 Corinthians 5:9-11
    I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people. 
     
  4. How do we know exactly what our calling is/how to make a choice when it is amoral? Either way could potentially be glorifying to God.
     
  5. What is Radiant’s view on the Philosophical problem of suffering?
     
  6. When the Bible (Old Testament) was written people did not have the Holy Spirit. Now that we have the Holy Spirit shouldn't we expect more revelation from God instead of less? Why is the Bible considered complete now if this is true?