"Who Needs God" Sermon Series • January 8 - February 5

We are humanity, and there is no limit to what we can accomplish together.

We have been everywhere, from the highest peaks to the deepest valleys;

We have seen everything from the smallest elements to the farthest corners of space;

We have cured diseases…made a heart beat again…made the “impossible” possible.

Which leads us to wonder…Who Needs God?

Humankind has achieved many things, which leaves us to question whether we need God to be part of our lives. Many of us question faith, religion, the Bible... but we may feel like we don’t have a safe place to explore our doubts. At Asbury we believe Church is the safest place to have conversations like this. Please join us on January 8th as we being a new series of messages exploring the question “Who Needs God?” If you can’t make it in person, all 3 Sanctuary services are streamed live (click on the "Watch Live" icon from our home page) and will also be available on this page the week following each sermon. We also know that as much as we might be wrestling with these questions, there are other people in our lives who may have the same doubts. If you know of someone who you feel needs an invitation to this sermon series, please invite them to join you at one of our services or let them know they can watch online.

 


January 8: Gods of the “No” Testament // I John 4:7-12

Faith in No Testament gods—the bodyguard god, on-demand god, boyfriend god, guilt god, anti-science god, gap god, and angry-Old-Testament god—leads to unmet expectations, childish explanations, ill-informed interpretation, and blatant manipulation. We invent these “gods” based on expectations we put on the true God. That’s an irrational way to determine if God is real.

Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide // Discussion Questions and Small Group Study Guide


January 15: The Bible Told me So // I Corinthians 15:13-14

Should we really believe something just because the bible tells us so? Before the Old and New Testaments were combined and called the Bible, the debate about the Christian faith centered on an event, not a book. We believe Jesus rose from the dead, but not because the Bible says so. We believe because of the testimony of eyewitnesses who gave up everything— including their lives—because of their confidence in Jesus.

Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide // Discussion Questions and Small Group Study Guide


January 22: The God of Jesus // John 14:7

If you could see God just once, wouldn’t it settle your fears, give you assurance, and motivate you to hold firm in your faith? If you want to know what God says, listen to Jesus. If you want to know what God is up to, watch Jesus. If you want to have a closer relationship with God, follow Jesus.

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January 29: In-justice for All // I John 4:7-8

If anyone had a reason to stop believing in God because of injustice, it was Jesus. The man who stands at the center of all we believe was treated extraordinarily unfairly. The man who taught us all people have inherent value was executed. The man whose definition of good and just informs your definitions of good and just was treated unjustly. Evil and injustice are not arguments against the existence of God. They are evidence of our need for his mercy and grace.

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February 5: I Do // James 4:8

Don’t let the illusion of autonomy stand in the way of a relationship with your heavenly Father. Don’t be turned away from God by the prospect that his existence means you’re guilty, accountable, and wrong. Acknowledging your sin and reaching out to God don’t lead to condemnation. They open the door to forgiveness, relationship, and truth.

Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide // Discussion Questions and Small Group Study Guide