Sermon Notes July 10, 2022

God — Why Such a Mess?

“A Faith for Following” 

1. Most people who reject the idea of God don’t reject the possibility of His ______________________________. They reject what _____________________they know about Him. (In other words, if God is so strong and powerful, why is our world so ________________________.)

George Buttrick, former chaplain at Harvard, would talk about how students would come into his office and say, “I don’t believe in God.” George would then say, “Sit down and tell me what kind of God you don’t believe in. I probably don’t believe in that God either.”

2. If you reject Christianity because of the existence of suffering in the world then you need to reject_____________ philosophy and religion.

3. Suffering is actually one of the biggest arguments against _____________________.

4. Evil and suffering is simply what erupts when we live _____________________________________.

Romans 8:22  We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

5.  Thought: God is NOT behind what is tragic with this world, much less responsible for it… _______________!!


Luke 15:20,28  So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. 28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.