Group Discussion Guide: Bridging Faith and Science

Lesson 2 — Ministry of Reconciliation

  1. Imagine being put on the spot with the following questions: “What is the Bible?” and “What is the Bible for?”

    How would you answer?

  2. We’ll be better readers of the Bible once we get a handle on what the Bible is and what it’s trying to accomplish. This has important implications especially for how we think about science and faith.

    How might a method of interpretation that is attentive to the diverse genre of Scripture offer a way forward through the “science vs. religion” impasse? What does it look like to read the Bible this way?  

  3. As Praveen argues, creation is good for its own sake, simply because God made it. The scientist is, most fundamentally, someone who discovers God’s world, names its phenomena, and reflects its glory back to its Creator. All of this means that exploration of God’s world actually makes us more worshipful, not less.

    Read Psalm 104. What does this Psalm tell us about how God sees creation? How might this impact how we think about the natural world?

    • How would it change your day-to-day work in your field to think of it as an act of worship?

    • What are some specific practices you can implement to cultivate a sense of delight and joy in your work?