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Anna Haworth, 29, decided to go along to the course a few years ago. She had recently moved to Cardiff, and after a break of several years of not going to church, she felt to urge to return back to Christianity.
Christianity Explored have produced two books that are linked to the course. Both of them are available on the Highfields Bookstall:
'One life' is the book that runs parallel to the CE course and explains what the Bible says about Jesus. So if you want an overview of the course, or if you missed a session, then you can catch up with the book. More ...
'One Question' The first question we ask in Christianity Explored is 'If you could ask God one question, and you knew it would be answered, what would you ask Him?' This book works through the answers to 13 of the most popular questions that people have come up with on the course. Questions such as 'If you're really there God, why on earth don't you prove it?', 'All good people go to heaven, right?' and 'Why do you allow suffering?'. Big questions. Not to be taken lightly. Dealt with sensitively, explaining what the Bible has to say about it (because that is what God has to say about it).
In addition to the two books which are linked to the course we also have available the following:
A teeny tiny book (it only costs 30p!) that tells you simply and in not too many words, who Jesus is, why he came and what it means to follow him. An ideal book to give to a friend who is starting to ask questions about the Christian faith.
That is the question. Actually, it's two questions! 'My life. What's it all about?' and 'Jesus' life. What's it all about?' Big questions with big answers. On the Christianity Explored course we try to help you to find the answers to these questions.
It's based upon Mark's Gospel which is the shortest of the four biographies of Jesus' life. We aim to help you engage with the text, provide space for your questions, and we watch some stimulating video's to help you think about the implications. And there's plenty of coffee and cake to keep you going!
It's all very relaxed and informal, and we won't pressurise you in any way.
We've been running this course for over 10 years at Highfields and have a well established team of leaders, who really enjoy spending their Monday evenings going through Mark's gospel with people and helping them to find the answers to 3 important questions – Who is Jesus? Why did he come? What does it mean to follow him?
Discipleship Explored is a course for people who have done Christianity Explored and found faith in Jesus, and want to learn more about living as a Christian. It spends 8 weeks studying a book in the Bible called Philippians, which is a letter written by St Paul to a church in a city called Philippi. It was written to encourage it's original believers in their faith in Jesus, and it works the same way for us today! We work through topics such as 'Confident in Christ', 'Living in Christ', 'Righteous in Christ' and 'Content in Christ'.
The sessions work in a similar style to Christianity Explored, with a Bible study, then a DVD, and then some questions. Again, it's on Monday nights, 7.30pm to 9ish, and it runs parallel to the Christianity Explored course. The next course will run from 16th January 2017 @7.30pm.
Christianity Explored, the organisation behind the course, has a website that is specifically designed for people who want to find out more about what the Bible has to say about the good news about Jesus Christ, www.christianityexplored.org. You can watch an animated cartoon of the gospel, get answers to some tough questions, like 'You can't trust the Bible, can you?' and 'Hasn't science shown that Christianity is wrong?'.
You can also read the real life stories of people who have become Christians, including someone who was in prison when he heard about Jesus, and someone who thought the whole thing was made up, just a myth. And you can find out more about the Christianity Explored course.