Focus Communities

July 11 - August 15  |  Renovation Church

118 Josephine St, North Syracuse, NY, USA

Focus Communities are times we set aside once a year to focus on specific areas of doctrine and discipleship through a classroom teaching environment. This years Focus Communities will take place prior to Sunday morning service from 9-9:45 AM in the multipurpose room under the parsonage.

**Childcare will be provided for children from 0yrs to 2nd grade.


Faith Seeking Understanding: The Christian and Philosophy
**Teacher/Leader: Dan Murphy
**When: Sunday’s from 9-9:45 AM | July 11th – August 15th
**Where: Multipurpose Room [under parsonage]

What does philosophy have to do with our Christian faith? The apostle Paul instructs us to “see to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit” (Col. 2:8). On the other hand, the apostles were no enemies of intellectual engagement. Paul tells us that he “destroys arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God” (2 Cor. 10:5), and Peter instructs us to be “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Pet. 3:15). At least part of the answer to our question is that philosophy can help us think more clearly and deeply about our faith: its content, its implications, its rational integrity. So in this Focus Community, that’s what we’ll try to do. Starting with Scripture as our foundation, we’ll examine central strands of the Christian worldview, such as the nature of God and of man, the sources of our knowledge of reality, and the nature of right and wrong. May God use such reflections to strengthen our relationship with Him and our confidence in His truth, and to help us glorify Him not only in how we act but in how we think.


Dan (along with his wife Bethany) is a member of Renovation Church. He has degrees in philosophy and theology, including a PhD in philosophy from Cornell University and an MA in theological studies from Westminster Seminary California. He currently teaches philosophy at Le Moyne College and SUNY Cortland.