1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how much would you say shame/fear of embarrassment affects your life?
2. What would happen if you felt completely accepted for all the good and bad, beautiful and ugly? What would your life look like?
3. How do you feel about the statements, “Daddy always loves you, even when you’re messy,” “Don’t worry about the mailman”?
4. We can get a taste of how it feels to be completely loved and accepted by God through our relationships with others. What would happen if our church became a place where people felt safe, secure, accepted, that there is no fear of rejection, no need to cover/hide? What would this look like?
One thing that I find very intriguing is the phenomenon of astrology and cosmology. The vastness of the universe extends beyond the imaginations of man. But according to Scripture, the universe is as simple as, “Let there be…”
I recently was listening to a podcast of Ravi Zacharias talking about his experience talking with a scientist and such about creation and evolution. Although his debate didn't end with a renewed soul in Christ, Zacharias did leave the scientist with lingering thoughts of possibility for a Creator. When we look at the creation account in Genesis, I find that the purpose of the introduction is not to date the age of the earth or whether or not the Big Bang occurred, but to reveal to us as the reader how marvelous and powerful our God is.
1 Peter 3:15 (ESV) says:
"…but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect..."
Although we may not have the full and complete answers to every question, we are given enough to be able to share the Gospel message to others without fear or trembling. Many times when I talk to my friends about Christian faith, like Zacharias, I do not get a salvific response, but rather, plant the seed and allow them “chew on the thoughts.” In the midst of this, for us to also represent the loving compassion that Christ has shown us upon the Cross.