Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
1 Peter 3:15

This week Pastor John spoke about how, as Christians, we can engage in thoughtful conversations with non-believers about the existence of God. 

One way to approach the question of God’s existence comes from a 17th/18th century philosopher named Gottfried Leibniz, who asked: if everything we see in the world depends on something else to exist, what might that something else be? The only satisfying explanation is something whose reason for existing isn't dependent on anything else, and that explanation is God.

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
Romans 1:20

For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself.
John 5:26

Discussion Questions for Small Groups
  1. When was the last time you had a discussion about faith with a non-Christian?
  2. What are some of the most compelling reasons you have for believing in God?
  3. What is the problem of evil, and how might it challenge belief in an all-good and all-loving God?
  4. Take a moment to review Leibniz's argument for God's existence. How does it relate to the train illustration? Do you find the argument compelling?
  5. How would you explain God's existence to a non-religious person?


Missed this Sunday's sermon? Watch it here!