Who Needs God

Who Needs God
October 3 – November 7

As you follow along with our Who Needs God series, here are some questions for you to consider. You may find it helpful to journal about these questions, to discuss them with your spouse or family, or to chat about them with your small group.

Week 1 (October 3rd) – Who Needs God: Atheist 2.0

1. Josh referenced several books written by popular authors of the “New Atheists” movement: The God Delusion, God Is Not Great, Letter to a Christian Nation, etc. Have you read any books like these? Why or why not? If you have, what did you learn?

2. A common critique amongst the “New Atheists” is that religion creates conflict and violence in the world. Would you agree with that? Explain. 

3. During the message, Josh said: “You can’t move away f rom something without moving toward something else.” What’s a formerly-held belief you’ve moved away f rom in your own life, and what did you end up moving toward? (It doesn’t necessarily have to be a religious belief; it could be something related to health/wellness, or home maintenance, or doing your job, etc.) 

4. During the message, Josh said: “People who were nothing like Jesus, liked Jesus. If Christianity isn’t compelling, it’s because we have the wrong version.” In what ways do you think Jesus would treat atheists differently than the way most modern American Christians treat atheists? 

Week 2 (October 10th) – Who Needs God: Gods of the No Testament

1. Where did your view of God originate? To what extent do those influences continue to shape how you view God, or have your influences changed? 

2. Have you ever listened to someone’s de-conversion story? If so, what thoughts and emotions did it stir in you? How did you respond? 

3. To what extent do you associate religion with guilt? How do you think that has shaped how you view God? 

4. Has there ever been a time when God didn’t respond to your circumstances the way you wanted or expected? If so, how did that experience affect your faith? 

5. During the message, Josh said that the choice between God and science is a false alternative and that, “If everything were explained and explainable, it would not explain away God.” Do you agree? Why or why not? 

Week 3 (October 17th) – Who Needs God: The Bible Told Me So

1. What role does the Bible play in your faith personally? If you read it, why do you read it? What does it contribute to your relationship with God? 

2. During the message, Josh said, “If the Bible is the foundation of our faith, Christianity becomes a f ragile house of cards. If the whole Bible isn’t true, Christianity isn’t true.” In what ways does this challenge or confirm your view of the Scriptures? 

3. If you’re a Christ-follower, why do you believe that Jesus died for your sins and was raised f rom the dead? How do you think the basis of your faith influences the way you view God? 

4. Is it diff icult for you to believe that Jesus loves you? Why or why not? 

5. What can you do this week to explore how your approach to faith might change if it’s true that the Bible isn’t the foundation of that faith? How can this group support you?

Week 4 (October 24th) – Who Needs God: The God of Jesus

1. What has been your response to this series so far? How have you found it helpful? What have you found frustrating? 

2. What is one stumbling block that challenges your faith in God? How have you wrestled with that stumbling block in the past, or how are you currently wrestling with it? 

3. During the message, Josh said, “Jesus did not ask his followers to believe in God by faith or to believe him by faith. There was ample evidence for both.” Do you agree? Why or why not? Read John 14:7–11. If you could know God by listening to Jesus and watching what he does, what are some of the big questions it might answer about who God is and what he thinks of people in general, and about you specifically?

4. Read Luke 11:2–4. Is it diff icult for you to view God as a perfect father? Why or why not? 

5. During the message, Josh said, “When it comes to God, Jesus is our most reliable source.” What can you do this week to go directly to that source in order to connect with God and discover more about him? What can this group do to help you? 

Week 5 (October 31st) – Who Needs God: In-Justice for All

1. Talk about a time you were treated unfairly, either in a large or small way. How did you respond? What happened? 

2. When have you seen God allow injustice in your world? What did that do to or for your faith? How did it influence the way you view God? 

3. Have you ever seen someone who was suffering extraordinarily but demonstrated extraordinary confidence in God? If so, how did it change the way you think about suffering and faith? 

4. Read Luke 18:7-8. Is it diff icult for you to believe that God will one day bring about justice in the world? Why or why not? 

5. Do you struggle with the evil and injustice in the world? Does it shake your faith? What is one thing you can do this week to embrace Jesus, the man whose definition of good and just informs your definitions? How can this group support you? 

Week 6 (November 7th) – Who Needs God: I Do

1. Talk about a time when you admitted you were wrong about something. How difficult was it for you to change your mind? What happened to cause that change? 

2. If God exists, then we’re guilty, accountable, and wrong. To what extent has that idea been a barrier to you having a relationship with God? 

3. During the message, Josh said, “To resist accountability to God is to resist relationship with God.” In what ways are you tempted to resist accountability to God? How does that affect your relationship with him? 

4. Read Romans 5:6–8 and James 4:8. What do these verses say about God’s character? Are they diff icult for you to believe? Why or why not? 

5. During the message, Josh said, “You can belong at church before you believe.” Is this diff icult for you to believe? Why or why not?