During Sunday services on February 25, Pastor Dan asked the people of Grace to text in questions during all three services.

There was a great response! Barry Poudrier, with Pastor Dan’s input, is answering those that weren’t answered in service! Watch for a series of these posts in the coming days for more answers. Barry has gone to Grace for over four years, and is an avid apologist. He has a background in training, development and technology. He also has a passion for music and plays acoustic guitar on Grace’s Worship Team.

For this post, Barry focused on questions that are more relational in nature. We’ll post the other categories soon!

1. I have a broken heart, now what?

There is hope – God understands your pain. The Bible says “The Lord is near to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Pslam 34:18) Grace Church has many ways for you to find community and support. For example, you can share your grief and find tools to copy with a class called “GriefShare”. For those who’s heartbreak doesn’t involve loss of someone you love, you can check out Celebrate Recovery on Monday nights at 6:30. If you need more specific help or want details on anything, email info@gracechurchreno.org and we’ll connect you to just the right place. Above all, know that you are not alone.

2. Is there such a thing as forgiveness for a sin you have not yet committed yet will knowingly commit in the future?

Yes – forgiveness is for all sin – past, present and future. The Bible says (regarding Jesus), “But instead He sacrificed Himself once and for all, summing up all other sacrifices in the sacrifice of Himself, the final solution of sin” (Heb 9:26).

3. How do I know God loves me when it feels like he’s never there?

There are times when God feels absent to all of us. Even if God feels absent, there are things we can know about Him to give us confidence He loves us. If you’re having trouble identifying a solid proof of God’s love for you, rent the film “The Passion of the Christ”. It contains a historically accurate depiction of the suffering of Jesus on the cross. The reason for Jesus’ suffering was entirely about love for you (and me). The Bible says, “For I am sure that neither death nor life nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:38).

4. How do you rebuild your faith when you grew up with a negative environment around religion?

Doubt is a common condition – everyone experiences it, those who are steeped in the church and those who are not. Fortunately, what makes Christianity unique is WHERE faith is placed – not in a religion, a system or a tradition (which can fail you) – it’s in a person, Jesus of Nazareth. Honestly examine Jesus – look closely at who He is, what He has done and what He teaches and promises us. Evaluate His character and His teaching. The Bible says “Come let us reason together” (Is 1:18). You don’t have to check your mind at the door to strengthen your faith.

What’s the most important action we should take as Christians?

The Bible is really clear about this one – the most important action to take is TO LOVE. Jesus was asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment?”, to which Jesus replied, “Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength – and love your neighbor as you do yourself” (Matt 22:37-39). Also the Bible says, “If I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don’t have love, I am nothing. If I gave everything I had to the poor and was burned alive but don’t have love, it profits me nothing” (1 Cor 13:2-3). Grace places high value in loving like Jesus. Not only are we to love each other, but also those who are different than us, especially those who don’t know Jesus yet. After all, they will know that we are Christians by our love.

2 thoughts on “Q&A – Part 1

  1. Thank you for posting these questions & responses. I really hope you will post the next set very soon. (Just in case you’re wondering if it matters – there ARE people out here reading them and very grateful for you taking the time to do this!) 😍

  2. Pingback: Questions & Answers - Part 4 | Grace Church Reno Blog

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.