During our weekend services on August 10-11 we hosted Q&A sessions with Greg Boyd, our Senior Pastor, and Paul Eddy, our Teaching Pastor. We included all three services, so enjoy listening to ALL the answers.
If prayer is so powerful, why doesn’t it work so often?
Greg and Paul, if I am married but I have trouble staying faithful to my wife because I struggle with infidelity, am I able to worship in the your church and not be judged? As long as I am sorry, will God accommodate my lifestyle as long as I am working on it?
We went camping last weekend, and the ticks and mosquitoes were terrible. If everything is created by God and has a purpose, what’s up with the ticks and mosquitoes? Does Satan influence them?
How can Jesus’ death be considered a sacrifice? God gave His only son… and then got him back!
What does it mean for families to pray together? How do your families pray together, if at all?
Some Christians have a fascination with the state of Israel. Should we be supporting the state of Israel? What role does their state play in the future?
I have a Christian friend who goes to a different church in town. When they found out that we sometimes have women preachers here at Woodland Hills, they told me this was wrong because the Bible itself says that women shouldn’t teach men. Is my friend right about this?
Is there any biblical evidence that those who commit suicide go to hell? My girlfriend, who I know loved Jesus, just killed herself. I can’t imagine she’s not in heaven. But some Christians I know are convinced she’s in hell. She was such a kind and servant-hearted person. But on the other hand, how is it fair that she is in heaven now and the rest of us are left with grief and so many questions?
Q&A – Sunday 9am
What do you think of movies like “The Conjuring”? Do you think that demon possession really happens today?
If we pray for God to bring a loved one to salvation, aren’t we really asking God to override that person’s freewill and coerce them into getting saved?
If God were confined to human emotions, do you think he would be more happy or sad?
I can understand the right of free choice, where God does not interfere because he has to let people make their own mistakes, but why doesn’t he save children who are born with disabilities? Or other situations where it’s no one’s fault?
What do you guys think of the Proof of Heaven book and others like it? As Christians, what can we learn, if anything, from near-death experiences?
The Bible seems to use two different formulas for baptism. One in the name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and another in Jesus name. Is there a difference and why does the Bible teach both formulas?
A follow-up to the first question about “The Conjuring”. Are mediums and psychics (such as Long Island Medium) demonic?
I’m confused about how God relates to time. In one sense he seems to be outside of time (by knowing and causing certain future events), yet he also seems to be in time (by responding to free agents’ decisions as they occur). It seems like these viewpoints are in conflict. How do you see God relating with time?
I grew up in a church where we heard about the coming Rapture all the time. But I don’t think I’ve ever heard Greg preach about the Rapture once in all the time I’ve been at Woodland. Don’t you guys believe in the Rapture?
What does Satan get out of doing and creating evil things? Why would he care about harming people? What does he get out of it?
Q&A – Sunday 11am
How can you really be sure that the Bible accurately depicts the life and words of Jesus, especially given that three of the four Gospels are restatements of the same source? What if they are wrong? Isn’t that pretty scant evidence for belief?
Is it possible to convert Satan from his evil ways? Could we pray for him and see a change in Satan’s heart?
I feel like my spouse sometimes is working to bring me down. How do I keep my joy and peace when, the person who was created to be my partner, is working against me?
Can God hear my prayers if I just say them in my head? If so, can Satan hear those same prayers?
Are introverts at a disadvantage when it comes to the power of prayer? I don’t have many friends, and I know that the amount of people praying means something.
I have several non-Christian friends who care deeply about the creation. They believe that the Bible and Christianity have encouraged the abuse and exploitation of animals and the environment. How should I respond? Is there a strong biblical basis for taking care of the creation?
What would you say to the parents of the two-year old child who died in Wisconsin recently? Is their boy in heaven?
Is being a part of a jury and making a decision about someone’s life “judging someone”? Can we serve on a jury and still not judge?
How do you decide who to give money to when people are standing on the corner with signs that they are homeless? How much money do you give? And how do you know if they are truly in need?
Greg often refers to leading scientific theories in his sermons. What is Woodland Hills’ theological interpretation of hyper-dimensional geometry, string theory, and the multi-verse view of quantum thermodynamics in the spirit realm?
What is your biggest struggle as a follower of Jesus?
What distinguishes Christian morality from secular morality? Is faith in Jesus needed to be a moral person?