Starting Point

Growing up, I was one of those kids in church every time the doors were open. I went to Sunday School and learned about David and Goliath and Jonah and the whale, and even memorized a silly little song about Father Abraham that I still remember today!

Some of you reading this are thinking, “I know exactly what you are talking about!” and others of you are thinking, “I’m glad I didn’t have to endure that!”

When I look back now, I appreciate many things I learned about the Bible. But I wish I had known what to do with my questions. In the church where I grew up, we really didn’t ask questions. We were encouraged to simply trust and believe. At times this left me wondering, “What am I supposed to do with my questions?”

Maybe you have been experiencing Access Church for a while now and you are like I was. Maybe your questions are more “how to” questions, such as, “How do I make sense of the Bible?” Or, maybe they’re like the questions we’ve all had to deal with—those tensions we experience when we begin to approach things from a spiritual perspective.

Questions like:

  • Does God really exist?
  • Why should I trust what the Bible says?
  • If God is good, why does he allow bad things to happen?
  • Don’t all religions, in the end, lead to God?
At Access Church, many of us have faced or will face questions like these when we are considering a relationship with God. In fact, we believe that God wants us to ask questions. That is why we created an environment called Starting Point.

Starting Point is a 10-week conversational environment where people can explore faith and experience community with a dozen or so other people who are also seeking answers. It’s a place to consider the questions that keep us from a growing relationship with God. It’s for the curious, the skeptical, and those who just want to connect with other like-minded people. In Starting Point, questions are not only encouraged—they form the basis of our conversations.

If you would like to find out more, we invite you to attend one of our orientations this Sunday, September 16th, immediately after each worship service. No commitment is necessary! However, you will have the opportunity to register for one of our upcoming Starting Point groups. The orientations are held at the top of the stairs and will only last about 15 minutes.

Bring your questions, ans let’s start a conversation!