First Congregational Church
(United Church of Christ)
Rev. Toby Jones, Pastor

101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720
231-547-9122


Lent Book Study- Week 6

           Week 6 – Faith After Doubt Study Guide – Wednesday, 3/24/21

 

It has been a long and intense journey through FAD, and I want to thank each and every one of you for taking it with me. While our final session will include discussing sections of the reading as we usually do, let’s be sure to spend at least a chunk of our prep time on the whole of this book and what it has meant.

 

188-189 – Examine and consider Rob’s journey. Respond to it.

 

190 – Consider Hannah’s journey and perspective. What do you think of “loving
          what’s left with the time I have left.”

 

196 – middle of the page.  In Stage 4 we finally get past “us and them.” Respond.

 

207 – What did you think of these “whether or not’s”? Where is meaning located
           in scripture for you? Has it changed over the course of your journey? How?

 

215 – “the loss of supremacy” – we need to dwell on this and grasp its importance

  • What has such religious supremacy meant to you over the years?
  • What has it seemed to mean to others in your church/faith tradition?
  • What exactly would be lost if we gave up our long-standing belief in the supremacy of Christianity? What would be gained?
  • Can you imagine Christianity alongside other faiths instead of “above” them? When love is the bottom line, shouldn’t that get easier?

 

Let’s move onto the implications of this entire book…

  • For you as an individual person of faith…How has this book mattered? How might it change your interaction with others? With the church?
  • For our church… What could/should we do differently in light of F.A.D.?
  • What kinds of changes might I as a pastor need to make in light of F.A.D.? What kinds of resistance should I expect and how might I move beyond it?
  • Could our church make room for people at all 4 stages? How? What might that look like?
  • What would you think of an afternoon or evening sunset worship walk (in addition to our a.m. service)
  • Other ideas? Questions? Closing comments? Final thoughts?