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CMIN 101 (Fa '16) T17b - The Journey

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Hartmut Scherer

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Transcript of CMIN 101 (Fa '16) T17b - The Journey

Charting the Journey
Step 2: A Time for Answers
- discover and survey possible answers
Step 3: A Time for Evidences
- the focus of this stage is truth
Step 4: A Time for Commitments
- in this stage the seeker places his/her trust wholeheartedly in God
Conclusion
The fact is that without God, we cannot know God. For a start, we are incapable of knowing God by ourselves, so he has to disclose himself - in
revelation
.
Step 1: A Time for Questions
“Loneliness is not for you. You have to belong somewhere.”
1)
Sources and Image Credit
2)
Kati Marton, The Great Escape:
Nine Jews Who Fled Hitler and Changed the World
(New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006), p. 77.
1)
Main thoughts adopted from Os Guiness,
Fool's Talk
, ch. 12.
3)
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One Way, Many Ways
Why do people not search for the meaning of life?
- bargaining (later; postponing key decisions of life)
- diversion, entertainment, no time for reflection
Purpose
of this journey approach:
- becoming a trustworthy guide for a person's journey
toward faith
"Tell me your story" - makes them aware where they are
in their journey
- the experience of a breakdown can turn life into a question mark
1) Welcome this stage as the making of a real seeker
listen to their story, understand where the treasure of their heart lies
2) Be realistic about the term seeker
This stage is about questions, not answers
2)
- see the differences of world-and-life views for whole societies
“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” (C. S. Lewis)
- the seeker has to evaluate all the options and their consequences
1) Each seeker has specific questions
2) There are only a few “families of faiths”
Two factors limit the range of options:
Does the meaning of any faith that a seeker may consider answer the seeker’s questions?
- the final reason to believe anything is the conviction that it is true
> truth claims are foundational for any faith
> truth claims should be open for investigation
- there is no faith that takes truth more
seriously than the Christian faith
- seekers need to be encouraged to investigate the claims of Jesus
- faith is no longer a matter of knowing about God, but knowing God
as reality
What God himself does through his Spirit is what counts and what makes it real.
- describing things from the seeker’s side (= half of the story)
- the Holy Spirit is at work attracting, convincing and convicting seekers
But beyond that, God is a person and not an object, so if we are to know him, he must keep on showing himself to us - in relationship.
Knowing God therefore begins and ends with God, and it is a gift whose name is grace.
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