Amplify – New XP3 Series for April

Amplify_Poster-002Can God hear me? Does God even exist? Ok, what about miracles—do they really happen? Did Jesus really rise from the dead, really? And what about all the other stuff in the Bible? Did it really happen? How do you know? When it comes to faith, we all have our doubts. Every single one of us. And yet, for many of us, church can feel like the last place we would go to ask questions. Why is that?  For most of us, doubt feels like something we should hide, ignore, or silence. If there’s a volume dial, we should turn it down. But is that always true? Does having faith mean I can’t have doubt or vice versa? When we look closer we find that amplifying our doubt, turning up the volume on the right questions, may just be the best thing that ever happened to our faith.

Session One: Let’s talk about it. 
Bottom Line: Owning your doubt can lead to growing your faith.
Everybody has doubts. Your pastor. Your small group leader. Your friends. At some point we all have questions about faith.  And if we’re honest, most of us have tried to ignore them, hide them, or just hope they go away. But what if doubt isn’t such a bad thing? What if our doubt doesn’t make our faith go away, but instead makes it stronger than before? Face-to-face with Jesus, one man was brave enough to admit that he had faith and doubt at the same time. In his story, we find that owning our doubt can lead to growing our faith.

Session Two: Yesterday and Today. 
Bottom Line: What God has done in the past can amplify your faith in the present.
For a lot of us, faith can feel messy and complicated. Not because we don’t have enough answers about God, but because it feels like we don’t have enough answers from God, about us. Is God there for us? Does He even care?  We certainly aren’t the first generation to have these doubts. The nation of Israel had a history of trusting God, then not trusting Him, and then trusting Him again. Through a tradition called Passover, God gave the Israelites a simple tool to help them through times of doubt. It’s a tool that Jesus practiced and then passed on to His followers, and when we choose to continue the tradition, we find that sometimes going forward in our faith begins with looking back.

Session Three: History in the making. 
Bottom Line. Easter makes Jesus matter. 
A fake bunny. Uncomfortable clothes. Searching for hidden eggs filled with melted chocolate. If you grew up confused about Easter, you’re probably not alone. Maybe you grew up in church and you know it has to do with Jesus, but what exactly are we celebrating? Here’s a hint: It’s not the death of Jesus. Yes, Jesus did die for our sins, but then real people, eyewitnesses saw Him alive. He had told them He would rise from the dead, but no one really expected Him to do it! The resurrection not only proved that Jesus was who He claimed to be, but it separates Christianity from every other religious tradition. We do not celebrate someone who is dead. We celebrate that He is alive and because of that we can trust Him.