Jesus wasn’t an instant success everywhere he went. In fact many in his own day found his claims and teaching just too much to bear. People didn’t believe what he said about himself. People didn’t trust his theology. Many simply refused to follow his leadership! So if Jesus at times proved unconvincing to his own family and disciples, maybe there is a place for doubt in the decision to follow him today?
UNCONVINCED meets weekly at Christ Community Church in room D-126 at 10:45. Each week we’ll tackle another episode straight from the pages of the Gospels. UNCONVINCED is a venue for those with big questions about God, the Bible and the world we find ourselves living in.
1- Launch: a ten minute warm up to the topic around the table.
2- Explore: a first-hand look at a Gospel text using a simple, unformatted manuscript. What happened? Why didn’t the crowd buy what Jesus was saying or doing? Our goal, in 25 minutes or less, is to identity the core hang-up with Jesus whether it was a single person or a whole crowd of doubters.
3- Questions: open Q/A with class facilitator about Jesus, his claims, his teachings or anything in the New Testament Gospels. (15 minutes)
4- Sign-off: How does Jesus answer his doubters – then and now? What does faith in Jesus look like today? What did I learn about Jesus today? (10 minutes)
06.07.15 Is that you, Homeboy? Jesus is rejected at Nazareth. Luke 4
Week 1 Handout
Week 1 – MSS Marked
06.14.15 Crazy Talk! Jesus is deranged or Jesus is demon-possessed – you decide. Mark 3
Week 2 Handout
Week 2 – Mark 3 Manuscript
06.21.15 You can’t be Serious. Nobody can do what Jesus requires! Matt 19
Week 3 Handout
Week 3 – Matt 19 Manuscript
06.28.15 Count me Out! Grumbling disciples turn back from following Jesus. John 6
Week 4 Handout
Week 4 – John 6 Manuscript
07.05.15 Power Up! The power players of Jesus’ day can’t tolerate his claims.
Week 5 Handout
(no manuscript for week 5)
07.12.15 The Rooster Crows. Public denial of Jesus by his most passionate disciple.
Week 6 Handout
Week 6 Peter Passages
In case you can’t tell, UNCONVINCED isn’t a Sunday School class designed to comfort the convinced believer. That means it’s the perfect place to bring a friend you know has big questions about Jesus and Christianity. We hang out around tables, we have great conversations in community, and we know how to agree to disagree when needed. If you’re coming to UNCONVINCED to win arguments with skeptics, please hold that thought and maybe find another place to sharpen your apologetics. But if you seriously want to learn and have friends you can invite to join you – then come on out!
Feel free to check out our previous UNCONVINCED series on the book of Exodus. You can also find more great content on the Questions about God page of the CCC website.