To Believe or not to Believe: Session 9 – What Should We Say?
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To Believe or not to Believe: Session 9 – What Should We Say?

This talk is for mature followers of Jesus Christ and sincere seekers after Scriptural truth. Like the Bible, the United Methodist Church, stipulates that God has created us all, Christ has died for everyone, and that therefore everyone is “of sacred worth”. That said we also adhere to Biblical moral understandings regarding marriage and sexuality....

To Believe or not to Believe: Session 7 – When Leaders Fail
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To Believe or not to Believe: Session 7 – When Leaders Fail

One of the most heartbreaking and soul breaking things that can happen to a Christian or a church is to see a leader morally fail; especially if his or her failure directly wounds other people. Whether the issue is money, sex, or basic integrity, many people have trouble recovering their faith after they have been...

To Believe or not to Believe: Session 6 – Is the Church Racist?
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To Believe or not to Believe: Session 6 – Is the Church Racist?

Many of us grew up with the understanding that racism was wrong and that the Christian church was necessarily against it. Today however, many people are being taught that the church itself was racist too, especially the white church. So, what is the truth? This week Pastor Barnes is going to condense 20 centuries of...

To Believe or not to Believe: Session 5 – An Unholy Union?
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To Believe or not to Believe: Session 5 – An Unholy Union?

If anything is more upsetting than politics, it is the way that faith and politics are often mixed. We walk on dangerous ground when we claim to know who God wants us to vote for, and even more dangerous ground when we speak as if those who vote otherwise are the enemies of God. That...

To Believe or not to Believe: Session 4 – Does God Still Speak Today?
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To Believe or not to Believe: Session 4 – Does God Still Speak Today?

Right after the question of “whether or not God is real”, one of the most basic things that people want to know is “whether or not God still speaks to us today”. As Christians, we believe that God has already spoken to us through the Bible, but many Christians also believe that God speaks to...

To Believe or not to Believe: Session 3 – What About Church?
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To Believe or not to Believe: Session 3 – What About Church?

It used to be that most people went to church even if they did not really believe that Christianity was true, and even if they had serious doubts about the existence of God. Today just the opposite is true. Increasingly, people are not joining churches EVEN IF they say they believe that Jesus is worth...

To Believe or not to Believe: Session 2 – Can I Trust the Bible?
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To Believe or not to Believe: Session 2 – Can I Trust the Bible?

The Bible is foundational to the Christian faith but today many people who grew up in the church have questions about this book that the church calls “the word of God”. If you have ever struggled with questions about where the Bible came from then this week’s devotional message might answer a few of your...

To Believe or not to Believe: Session 1 – What is Liberal Theology?
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To Believe or not to Believe: Session 1 – What is Liberal Theology?

America is a nation of faith and a nation of doubt, a nation of religion and a nation of atheism, and for many Christians that reality is very problematic. This week, Mount Oak Fellowship and Pastor Barnes will begin a series of talks about questions that can become either the cutting edge of our doubt...