FAQ: Faith and 5 Questions
A Spring Sermon Series, April 30-May 28
From the beginning, Christians have faced thorny theological challenges in creating coherent religious doctrine from the revolutionary teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Though life in 21st century America may otherwise seem radically different from 1st century Judaea, in this respect at least, nothing much has changed. This spring, Chapel Hill United Methodist Church of Wichita offers a sermon series that tackles ancient questions Christians continue to confront today. “FAQ: Faith and 5 Questions” runs Sundays from April 30 through May 28 at 1550 N. Chapel Hill Drive, Wichita, KS 67206. For those unable to attend in person, sermons will also be available via live stream, YouTube and Itunes.
A sequence of five sermons respond to frequently asked faith questions concerning science, Christ as Savior, the sexes, suffering, and the soul. Not only does the series address common questions and doubts of practicing Christians, it presents an opportunity for those who have left the church to engage directly with concerns that could be a source of alienation. And it offers a safe forum for those who feel skeptical of Christian claims and doctrine but are nonetheless curious to learn more about Jesus.
“This series is designed with a particular audience in mind—the skeptics,” notes Rev. Jeff Gannon, senior pastor at Chapel Hill. “The sermons will focus on the five most commonly asked questions by those who are seeking understanding or who have doubts about God: Jesus, the status and role of women, why good people suffer, science and faith and the afterlife. If you are interested in learning how Christianity is relevant to the questions of our day, this series is for you!”
April 30: Science?
Do Science and Faith Have to be Enemies?
Genesis 1-2, Psalm 8, Psalm 24.
Science and faith are two sides to the same coin and are not in any way incompatible. They simply ask two different questions: Science asks “how?” and Faith asks “why?”
May 7: Savior?
Was Jesus a Madman, a Myth, or the Messiah?
Matthew 16:13-20, Philippians 2
This sermon takes the “trilemma” argument for the divinity of Jesus, made famous by C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity, as its point of departure. To be a Christ-centered congregation means we take the historical Jesus and the Risen Christ seriously as the Messiah.
May 14: The Sexes?
How Does Christianity View Women?
Genesis 1:26-2:1, Acts 16:11-15, 40, Galatians 3:28, Romans 12:5, Rev. 22:3-5
In honor of Mothers’ Day, we’ll explore how women are created in the image of God, called to be baptized, saved, and follow Jesus, just as men are. We’ll look at scriptures from Genesis to Revelation that show women as leaders in the church and equal partners with men in the work of God and we’ll reflect on our contemporary cultural views of women and men.
May 21: Suffering?
Why Do Good People Suffer?
Book of Job, Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, Romans 5:3-4
The secular myth of our day is that suffering in the world proves God is either not loving or does not exist. This sermon addresses why good people suffer and how, despite suffering, we can be happy in the world.
May 28: Soul?
What Happens When We Die?
I Thessalonians 4:14-17, Revelation 20-21, John 11:1-44
In keeping with our Memorial Day Weekend tradition, we light candles in honor of our lost loved ones, entrusting them to the care and love of God. The message then explores the difference between the immortality of the soul and the resurrection of the body. It seems we are more influenced by Plato than by Jesus when it comes to our notions of heaven and life after death.
Chapel Hill is a welcoming, inclusive congregation. These services are open to anyone with an interest in religious matters, regardless of faith tradition. We particularly encourage Christians skeptics to attend this series.
Worship services are Sundays at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Nursery, child care and children, youth and adult classes are available. Services are live streamed on our website and subsequently published on YouTube. Sermons are also available as a podcast from the website and on ITunes. All services are held at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 1550 N. Chapel Hill Drive, Wichita, Kansas, 67206. Located off 13th Street near K96, across the road from Warren East Theater. Chapelhillwichita.org. 316-684-1117.