Test everything, hold on to what is good…
The words of the Apostle Paul exhort us to “test everything” and to “hold on to what is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21) And the Bereans took him up on that offer, examining the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. (Acts 17:11) As a result, many of them believed. (v.12)
Exodus Interactive Forum is a Christian teaching forum where we allow participants to stop the discussion at any time to talk back: participate, ask questions, offer opinions, raise objections and even challenge the presentation. We believe there is no better way to wrestle openly and honestly with the issues we face as Christians.
But our forum is about much more than allowing interactive discussion. We want to make sure that we are not just inviting questions or comments, but moving towards consensus and resolution whenever possible. Our group facilitators are well-versed in teaching through the Socratic method, which involves more than simply having a question-and-answer session. Instead, they conduct a significant amount of background research on the topic and related materials so that during the discussion, the questions, comments and even the objections can be used as part of the teaching method itself to move the discussion forward and not detract from it.
Behind the scenes each week, we dedicate hours of research and reading of pastoral and scholarly works by Christians and, as often becomes relevant, by secular authors as well. In a time when believers who think deeply about their faith are in increasingly shorter supply, we want to model an approach to discipleship in the Christian faith that emphasizes both depth and breadth. And as the presumption in our Western society continues to shift against belief in Christ and the truth of the scriptures, our goal is to present thoughtful, relevant and transparent discussions of the issues Christians care about most, while strengthening our love and trust in Christ.