God. Faith. Life. What is the point?
Whether you are a lifelong Christian, someone new to the faith, or a non-Christian who is just exploring God there are times we all have questions about the bigger issues of life. Sometimes, those questions are so big, we aren’t sure where to even start.
This series, which is based on a concept developed by the team at North Point Christian Church in Atlanta, is designed to help you find or rediscover your starting point in Christianity.
In short, Starting Point can impact your life wherever you are on the faith spectrum. It is designed to get us all thinking about some of the bigger issues of faith and life in a safe setting where we can ask any question, share any opinion, and trust that we are not alone.
We’ve created a discussion guide for group or individual use that you can download here:
Starting Point Discussion Guide
This worship and small group series begins Sunday, August 15.
Scripture – Acts 17:16-33
It may surprise you, but the Bible was never really intended to be the starting point for our faith. Instead, there is something far more powerful and more important that needs to be discovered first. In this sermon, we explore where the starting point of our faith should be and why it is so important that we get this right.
Scriptures – Matthew 5:20-22, 27-28; John 3:17
There is a word out there that no Christian really likes to talk about, at least when it comes to our own lives. But when it concerns others, some of us talk about it far too often.
That word is SIN!
What if the way we often use that word is not the way Jesus intended it to be used at all? In this message, we explore that possibility – one that just might give us a new Starting Point in how we talk about and deal with the concept of sin.
Scriptures – Genesis 12:1-3; 15:6; Romans 10:9
From the time we are children, we are taught to trust God and God’s promises for our life. Some of us were even given Promise Books that were meant to serve as a guide book for our life. But what happens when the promises on those pages, or even in the pages of scripture, don’t seem to stand up to the realities of adult life?
In this message, we explore that tension and discover where we might find a better Starting Point for trusting in the promises of God.
Scripture – Exodus 20:1-2
Rules. Every religion has them. Every follower of religion has mixed feelings about them. Some love them while some have left the church because of them.
In this message we explore the role of rules in our faith and gain a new Starting Point in our relationship with them.
Scriptures – John 8:34, Colossians 2:13-15
Very early on in our faith, most of us were taught that Jesus died for our sins. That idea is found throughout scripture. But what if there is more to it than that? What if Jesus’ death is about more than just our sins?
In this message we explore that possibility, one that could lead to a new Starting Point in understanding both the sins that haunt us and the deep love God has for us.
Scripture – Ephesians 1:8-9
We all know the story of Easter and the empty tomb, but what do we really know about grace?
In this message, we explore the reality of grace and what it really means for our lives. Ultimately, we proclaim that as important as Easter is, it is not the culmination of our faith – it is merely the Starting Point.
Scripture – Hebrews 11:1
Faith is one often of the most abused and confused concepts in religion. At the same time, faith is one of the most powerful forces know to humankind. But what is faith? How can we trust the message our faith proclaims?
Are you sure you know the answers to the above?
This message offers a new Starting Point for understanding faith and its power.
Scriptures – Matthew 16:17-18, Ephesians 2:19-20, 1 Peter 2:4-7, Romans 10:9
As the last message in this series, this sermon takes us back to the question with which we began, “Who is Jesus?”
This time, we dig quite a bit deeper into what that question means for our lives of faith. Additionally, we explore a new way of viewing the story that led to Apostolic Succession, a tradition deeply important to many churches. Finally, we ask the question that will hopefully lead to a new Starting Point for each of us.
Series title art, video, and title used with permission from North Point Ministries.