Friday, October 12, 2007

Explorefcf.com Truth Bomb Apologetics September Newsletter

The following is a monthly E-newsletter put out by Truth Bomb Apologetics, a ministry out of Faith Christian Fellowship, located in Williamsport, MD (see www.explorefcf.com for more information). The purpose of these letters is to evaluate, critique, and present truth claims as they relate to God. Also, to keep the body of Christ up to date on apologetic happenings.

Explorefcf.com Truth Bomb Apologetics Newsletter

Hello everybody! This is the first of hopefully many update letters regarding what is going on in the world of apologetics and information regarding the "Discover Truth" and "Define Truth" sections of our website. The updates will consist of website additions, articles, and book reviews/previews. I hope this aids you in being able to "give an answer for the hope that lies within you" (1 Peter 3:15).

What is Apologetics?

The word "apologetics" is derived from the Greek word "apologia," which means to make a defense. It has come to mean defense of the faith. Apologetics covers many areas: who Jesus is, the reliability of the Bible, refuting cults, biblical evidences in the history and archeology, answering objections, etc. In short, it deals with giving reasons for Christianity being the true religion. We are called by God to give an apologia, a defense: "but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence," (1 Pet. 3:15).

Taken from: http://www.carm.org/dictionary/dic_a-b.htm#_1_9

Book Preview

I am extremely excited to inform you that Lee Strobel has a new book out entitled, "The Case for the Real Jesus." Here is a description from Strobel's website (leestrobel.com):

"Has modern scholarship debunked the traditional Christ? Has the church suppressed the truth about Jesus to advance its own agenda? What if the real Jesus is far different from the atoning Savior worshipped through the centuries?

In The Case for the Real Jesus, former award-winning legal editor Lee Strobel explores such hot-button questions as:

• Did the church suppress ancient non-biblical documents that paint a more accurate picture of Jesus than the four Gospels? • Did the church distort the truth about Jesus by tampering with early New Testament texts? • Do new insights and explanations finally disprove the resurrection? • Have fresh arguments disqualified Jesus from being the Messiah? • Did Christianity steal its core ideas from earlier mythology?Evaluate the arguments and evidence being advanced by prominent atheists, liberal theologians, Muslim scholars, and others. Sift through expert testimony. Then reach your own verdict in "The Case for the Real Jesus."

Article of the Month

"Why I Believe The New Testament Is Historically Reliable" by Gary Habermas

Dr. Gary Habermas, expert on the resurrection, explains why the New Testament we have today is historically accurate and trustworthy.

Click here: http://www.apologetics.com/default.jsp?bodycontent=/articles/historical_apologetics/habermas-nt.html

Website of the Month

http://www.carm.org/- Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry

This month's site is one I encourage you to check out for a few reasons: 1) The website defines apologetics and why they are necessary 2) It is easy to use when you are researching answers to questions you or someone else may have.

Matthew Slick (author) covers varies topics including why the Bible can be trusted, how we know Jesus rose from the dead, and why Christianity is the only way to God. He also provides apologetic dialogues, answers to Bible difficulties, and research links.

Explorefcf.com Apologetics Update

We have added a "links page" to inform the believer to present truth or discover truth regarding the Christian faith. The sections include Atheism, Authority of the Bible, the Baha'i faith, Buddhism, Evidence for Creation/Intelligent Design, General Apologetics, Hinduism, Islam, Jehovah Witnesses, Mormonism, New Age Movement, the Resurrection, Roman Catholicism, Scientology, Seventh Day Adventist, and Top Christian Scholars.

Most recently, we have added sections for evangelism, Bible study tools, theology, and topics for youth. When you visit the site, scroll over “Explore Faith” and then “Define Truth” and click on the “Answers” section. There you will find the links!

Prayer Requests

1) Erin and Todd Vogtman- Please pray for the continued health of their unborn baby and the preaching opportunities that God is sending Todd’s way .

2) The "B" -family- God's direction for their life and job difficulties.

3) The Youth of FCF- That God will raise them up to be a mighty force for Him in this Tri-State Area.

4) Richard Dawkins- Oxford evolutionist and author of “The God Delusion,” Professor Dawkins continues his attacks on all those of faith, but most specifically, the Christian faith. Please pray that God will open his heart and his eyes to the truth that can only be found in Christ Jesus, Our Lord.

5) Anthony Flew- Once an atheist, Anthony Flew (80 plus years old) embraced deism (the belief that God exists, but is no longer involved in the world) after examining the new evidence from Intelligent Design. He has come along way, but has not accepted Christ as His Savior. Pray that he will!

Godspeed,
Chad A. Gross

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