Reasons for Faith | Ngaruawahia

Reasons for Faith in Ngaruawahia is a Thinking Matters gathering, run in association with The Village Church. It is held on a Friday evening, when advertised. The events are typically run weekly, in blocks of several weeks’ duration.

We explore topics that are directly relevant to fulfilling the call of 1 Peter 3:15-16, which says:

In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. 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.

Apologetics can sometimes be a bit heavy duty but our aim is to be intensely practical and to make the presentations and discussions suitable for people who have a beating heart for the gospel and who want to grow their understanding specifically in the area of secular challenges to Christian faith.

We make arguments, but we are not argumentative.

It is tremendously faith-building to discover just how strong the arguments for biblical Christianity really are. The apostle Peter encourages us to always be prepared to give an answer regarding the reason for our hope in Christ. In these meetings we will discuss and learn many such answers.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

DETAILS:

WHEN: From Friday 3rd July to Friday 25th September, 2020. Please download flier, or check this webpage for dates of each session.

TIME: 7 pm – 9 pm

WHERE: The Village Church, 4 Market St, Ngaruawahia

COST: Free – but there is a donation box for expenses

RSVP: None needed – just turn up and bring a friend!

LOCAL CONTACT:

Gerald Broome

EMAIL: gerald.broome@thinkingmatters.org.nz  or checkout the groups in your area.

Thinking Matters Calendar

View the Thinking Matters Events Calendar

3 July – Lesson 1

Veritology: What is Truth?

Gazing on the face of God. The importance and prominence of truth in Scripture. The cosmic battle.

10 July – Lesson 2

Philosophy & Ethics: Says Who?

Hollow and deceptive philosophy. Have you been taken captive? Renewing the mind.

17 July – Lesson 3

Anthropology: Who is Man?

The pernicious lie. Naturalistic view of man’s essence, moral state, and need. What the Bible says.

24 July – Lesson 4

Theology: Who is God?

Do you understand eternity? What is eternal life? The attack on God’s Word. Unravelling a supposed conflict from the Books of Kings. Why is the battle against the Bible so fierce?

31 July & 7 August – Lesson 5

Parts 1 & 2 – Science: What is True?

The works of God are plain to see. A sense of wonder. Breaking down Darwin’s theory.

14 August – Lesson 6

History: Whose Story?

The plan of God unfolding… The promise of God fulfilled… remember. Living in the larger story.

21 August – Lesson 7

Sociology: The Divine Imprint?

God is a God of order. Systems in God’s creation. Social order. The importance of relationships.

28 August – Lesson 8

Unio Mystica: Am I Alone?

The mystical union – who can fathom? The real heart of Christianity. Christ in you the hope of glory. Hunger for significance. My soul thirsts for God.

4 September – Lesson 9

The State: Whose Law?

What is politics? Naboth’s vineyard. God’s sovereignty over kings – Nebuchadnezzar. Design of the State. King Uzziah. The purpose of the State. The rise of the State. From whence comes our salvation?

11 September – Lesson 10

The American Experiment: Stepping Stones

Christian foundations in early America. Historical revisionism. Foundation of rights and morality. The Law: before Darwin and after Darwin. Don’t take liberty for granted.

18 September – Lesson 11

Labour: Created to Create?

The 4th commandment – the labour command. The original worker. Seven economic principles.

25 September – Lesson 12

Community and Involvement: God Cares. Do I?

Greatest commandments. The story of the good neighbour: God’s heart for the needy. Transforming the culture.

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Also please contact us here if you want to help us run these events on the night.