Knowing God - is it possible?

Take five Tuesdays to work it out for yourself.

If God is real - you need to know for sure. And if he isn't - you need to be able to stop wondering!

About


About About About
Is there really a God knocking about somewhere in our universe? Or is that just a daft, outdated idea?

"Knowing God" is a new 5-part course that has been developed by Belmont Chapel, a large church in the centre of Exeter, to help people work out what they really can believe about that question.

We've designed a few of these courses over several years now - "It's Your Call", "Christianity - the Story", "Christianity - the Proof", "Christianity - the Life", "Yesterday's Hero" - and we like to think we've become rather good at it. Certainly through the years we've seen a lot of people come (some believers, most definitely not) and loads of them have said very nice things about the courses. Many have come back for a second or third shot, which has got to be good. Some have become Christians; others haven't; but everybody's benefited.

So we thought it was time to run one which tackled the ultimate question of our time. Does God exist or doesn't he? Can you know for sure? What does Christianity claim about him and does it make any sense in a scientific age?

We've scripted and recorded the videos, written the notebooks and prepared the materials. We've planned the (free) evening meals and organized the cooks. But now we need people to come and argue and discuss and listen and make it work! Could that be you?

Don't decide yet. Read on...

What will we be talking about?


Is there really a God?

Is there really a God?

We kick off by looking at the state of the evidence. Could he actually be there, or is that just an antiquated fairy story?

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If he's there, what is he like?

If he's there, what is he like?

Is there one god, or are there a whole bunch? Are we talking about a Father God, or a Divine Mother - or just a cosmic force that isn't anything like us?

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Is he really in charge?

Is he really in charge?

The world looks pretty haphazard. Accidents happen all the time. Is God running things, or is he powerless to intervene?

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What has he done and what is he planning?

What has he done and what is he planning?

If he's there, what impact does he (she, it) actually have on our world? And what has he got planned for us next?

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Can anybody know God?

Can anybody know God?

Finally, the question that the whole course has been heading towards. Millions of people in today's world say you can know God. Deluded idiots? Or have they stumbled across something really important?

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What happens on one of the evenings?


We start at around 7pm with a meal together. (Some people can't get there for it - that's fine - come for 7:30 to start the discussion if you like, but you'll be missing a good supper and the chance to get to know the others on the course, who are of course all lovely people just like yourself.) We don't do dessert at this point, though, because it works well to take a pause in the discussion for a dessert/coffee break later on!

Video and chat

Then we start the evening's topic at 7:30. First there's a little trigger video just to get you thinking! The videos are between three and five minutes in length, and if you want to see what they're like, you can check out some of the videos from our last course (Yesterday's Hero) on YouTube. Have a look and see what you think.

The Notebook

You'll also be given a Course Notebook, which contains a lot of articles and snippets relating to the topics we're discussing, including passages from the Bible so that you can see what the Big Christian Book says about these things. The Notebook also contains all the discussion questions, so that we're all on the same page, and so that if you have to miss a week you'll know what we were talking about in your absence!

(It's important to notice, though, that we try to be incredibly flexible. If the group wants to spend most of its time on just one question, which everybody thinks is super-important, then that's what we'll do. Even if it's a question which we didn't think you'd ask and haven't included in the manual. Because the bottom line is: we want to talk about those things which are most helpful to you - it's what you think that matters in the end, after all.)

And that's the way the evening goes. Three videos, three discussions launching off from something the Bible says, and some kind of delicious pudding appearing in the middle of it all somewhere. We aim to finish at 9 o'clock and we try to be reliable about that. (Of course, people often want to stay on and chat, and that's fine. We've even continued the discussion in the pub on a couple of occasions with people who wanted to.)

Missing: the unnerving holy stuff

So what won't you get? No religious bits - no hymns, no prayers, definitely no collections. Just a good relaxed evening in the company of people who aren't experts, but are all interested in finding out more. You don't need to be qualified in any way; we've had university lecturers and GCSE drop-outs, church-attending people and others who've never darkened a church door in their lives. There's no homework and no advance reading to be done (although if you want to read more on your own, we can always make suggestions; in fact we keep a stock of good books you can have for nothing if you're so inclined).

Er, what's not to like? Come on the 20th of February and see if you don't enjoy it.

Contact us to sign up...


  • Belmont Chapel, Western Way, Exeter EX1 2DB
  • Belmont Chapel is UK charity no. 1079412
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