CE Reflections – Jan/Feb 2020
Reflections from recent Christianity Explored (CE) Participants held on Jan/Feb 2020:
Esther and Hock Lam
We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to our “guiding angels” Desmond, Maybeline and Yong for their time and patience in facilitating our CE sessions. We have come to recognised that CE has been a good start for our exploration journey into Christianity, and we would like to highlight our facilitators’ helpfulness in making us feel at ease in asking questions. This played an important part as it motivates and keeps our interest to further explore the Bible and Lord Jesus.
Secondly, we found the Gospel of Mark is an interesting read. However, without prior knowledge, we found certain questions quite difficult for non-Christians to understand and answer. For example, “If you could ask God one question, and you knew it would be answered, what would it be?” We found it quite intimidating to be posed with such a question in the first session!
Overall, we are glad we attended CE. It has provided us a good
opportunity to clarify our doubts about Christianity. It was also good to learn
about Mark 12: 29-31 where Jesus summarised God’s laws with 2 simple
principles: love God and love others. When we next find ourselves uncertain
about what to do, we can ask ourselves which course of action best demonstrates
love for God and love for others.
I want to say “thank you” to Desmond, Yong and Maybeline for taking personal precious time off to go through the recent Christianity Explored with me and my friends.
The CE sessions aim to explain, and especially with analogies from Desmond, helped to clarify questions like: Who is Jesus? What did he achieve? What does it mean for us today? Personally, I felt the analogies were really great in explaining and clarifying some Bible verses very well.
The greatest takeaway for me is from Mark 5:36, where we are reminded not to be afraid and to just believe. If one can do this and have great faith in Jesus, obstacles in life can be conquered, along with being able to accomplish a host of other things.
However, I would like to point out that for a new believer or even someone who might have some Bible knowledge, some questions were pretty intimidating and difficult to answer. But I guess they are put there so that CE would be thought-provoking time!
Thanks once again to Desmond, Yong and Maybeline. I truly appreciate your time and effort.
I think CE is a very comfortable place for anyone who wants to explore and learn more about Christianity. The environment is relaxed and I felt no pressure when the sessions were conducted. CE provides a safe space for people to ask any kind of questions, everyone was very respectful to each other.
Our facilitators, Heather, Vernon and Sharon, did not make the experience a sit-back-and-relax one, but, and especially Vernon really encouraged us to challenge the Bible and even shared how he had his own doubts in the past and how he eventually found comfort in God’s word.
Everyone was very friendly and willing to share, even outside of CE the sessions which was really great. The sessions really allowed me to understand more about Christianity, both cognitively and spiritually, and has pointed me to ways to continue growing in understanding and eventually placing my faith in Jesus.
The sessions were interesting and the discussions covered topics and areas I had not previously thought of. On the whole, I found the sessions to be both informative and instructive.
Reflections from a CE attendee who wants to remain anonymous
During the three sessions that I attended at Christianity Explored, I learnt a bit about apologetics. I come from a Christian background, and found it enlightening to understand perspectives from others and even the barriers they themselves might have had in believing the gospel. I also learnt good reasons we can trust the Bible. These include eyewitness testimonies and historical accounts.
Finally, through CE, I got a chance to see a little more of God’s character. He is loving and faithful to His creation, which is the reason why He would choose to give His Son to redeem it instead of destroying it.
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