As is our custom in Lent at The Brighton Oratory we are inviting members of Churches Together in Central Brighton to join us again in both prayer and fellowship and as usual, in study. Often Christians find it difficult to answer questions challenging their beliefs, this year we will explore frequently asked questions by non-believers and consider possible answers. Christian apologetics (Greek: ἀπολογία, “verbal defence, speech in defence”) is a branch of Christian theology that aims to present historical, reasoned, and evidential bases for Christianity. We warmly encourage Christians to being non-believing friends along to these sessions too!
DATES & THEMES
Wednesday 21 February – “Why do you believe in God?”
Wednesday 28 February – “Aren’t all religions the same?”
Wednesday 07 March – “Why is there suffering and death?”
Wednesday 14 March – “Doesn’t the Bible contradict itself?”
Wednesday 21 March – “What about science?”
Wednesday 28 March* – “Was Jesus an historical person?”
5-6pm In an atmosphere of quiet reflection, candlelight and gentle music, we will offer an hour of worship, a time simply “to be” with God while we try to grow in our relationship with Him particularly in this holy season. Christians are invited to simply participate as they feel they’d like to, either allowing the music to wash over them in prayer, take the opportunity to just sit in silence with God, light a candle in token of prayer for someone, or just use the time for concentrated personal and interior reflection surrounded by others in worship. People are free to come and go during the hour, there will be no formal beginning nor close to the worship. Holy Hour will be held in the “Chapel” near the front entrance of Brighton Congress Hall.
6.15-7.15pm (approx) Whether having joined us for prayer or joining us later for study, we cordially invite fellow Christians to “go dutch” with us at a local eatery after Holy Hour and before Caritas. A time to simply enjoy each other’s company and eat a meal together, get to know each other and share our faith together. Meet at the front of Brighton Congress Hall for a short walk together to a local eatery.
Caritas: study “Discipleship: apologia”
From 7.30pm a discussion and Scripture study on “Discipleship: apologia” looking at popular questions and objections to the Christian faith and exploring answers to them that we can give. Apologetics is an area of theology often overlooked and many Christians find it difficult to answer direct questions about God’s existence and the historical facts concerning Jesus as well as His teachings. We know it is the will of God revealed in Christ that all receive salvation (1 Tim. 2:3-61 & 4:9-11), how can we do that in our conversation with nonbelievers? We will meet in the “Prayer Room”, entrance via the rear car park of Brighton Congress Hall.
*On this day, prayer will take the form of Tenebrae beginning at 4.30pm.