As you know there are many things competing for our affections, time, energy, and heart! Many are appealing, but we believe the best way is the Jesus way. In this series we’ve been talking about three competing worldviews: The way of the world, The way of religion. and the way of Jesus. Today we are going to talk about the three of these in regards to how they play out in a crisis of faith. It is our hope, that after this conversation, we will all lean a little closer into the way of Jesus.

As we continue throughout this series, our goal is to define the different ways of life. Reference these definitions to help people recognize the three ways to live – the way of the world, the way of religion, the way of Jesus – and to discover the tools necessary to follow in the way of Jesus.

The Way of the World 

  • Definition: The culture and practices without God.
  • Example: The Way of the World says “do whatever you want and you’ll be happy.”

The Way of Religion

  • Definition: The culture and practices that distort God.
  • Example: The Way of Religion says “just follow the rules and you’ll feel worthy.”

The Way of Jesus

  • Definition: The culture and practices that glorify God.
  • Example: The way of Jesus says, “learn to live in God’s world God’s way and experience true life.”

Start Talking

  • How would you describe the term “A Crisis of Faith”?
  • Have you ever had a season that you would describe as a Crisis of Faith? What did it feel like? What changed to move you out of this season?
  • Do you know anyone right now that you would say is in a Crisis of Faith? What circumstances are contributing to their crisis?
  • List out a few things you think people in our culture are doubting or are skeptical about?  What is the danger in living in a skeptical culture? 
  • In terms of our skepticism, The Way of Religion, tells us to deny it. To act like you don’t have questions and doubts. Have you ever felt this tension ?
  • The Way of the World encourages us to deal with our doubts by deconstructing what we believe, by literally taking it apart. Has anyone ever attempted this? How did it feel?

Read This

Read Matthew 12:43-45

  • What stands out to you?
  • What is the context of these verses (Note: This is a parable. Talk about what a parable is and the purpose of it. Why would Jesus teach through a parable?)
  • Talk out what these verses are describing.
  • Why is the “house” described as unoccupied? Describe what it would look like to have no demons and also no Jesus.

What Now

  • As you think about your life, tell us what you have evicted(taken out of your life, purged, eliminated). Additionally, what have you allowed to live in its place? Be as specific as you can (aka. Dont just say Jesus 🙂 )
  • Many of us have gone through a phase of deconstruction which if coupled with reconstruction can be a really healthy process. Reconstruction could be described as “returning to your old faith in a new way”. It is literally rebuilding, but in a new, hopefully more solid way. If this is you….what are you doing to rebuild your faith?
  • Read 1 Thessalonians 5: 20-22. What do these verses teach us about our doubts?
  • Josh mentioned that those of us who are skeptical about all or some of our faith… we have steps we can take! Of the four progressions below, which do you need to take (perhaps another step comes to mind as well)?
    • to take the next step beyond cynicism
    • to channel your frustration into positive action
    • to use reconstruction language (Im working on my faith, Im growing, Im learning, etc)
    • to pursue Jesus over certainty

Additional Resources

Summary of the Message:

GENESIS Inner Child Perfect World Perfect World
FALL Trauma Lost My Way Dead
SALVATION   Rediscovering Self Works of Righteousness The Work of Jesus
HEAVEN Pleasure The After Life God’s Kingdom

Luke and Acts reading plan

Podcast: This Cultural Moment pt. 12, “Salvation Schema” by Mark Sayers and John Mark Comer.

Song: Bethel Music: Goodness of God

Song: Judah and the Lion – Over My Head