Monday, November 25, 2019

Apologetics in the New Testament

Christian scholar Robert Bowman has compiled a list of 15 of the 27 books of the New Testament that were written for apologetic purposes!  The list is as follows:

Matthew- Answer Jewish criticisms that Jesus abrogated the Torah

Mark- Explain why Jesus died if he was the mighty Son of God

Luke- Acts show that Christianity was not an illegal or superstitious religion

Gospel of John- Persuade people that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God

Romans- Defend the gospel against the claim that it was contrary to Scripture

1 Corinthians- Refute claims that the gospel was not philosophically reasonable

Galatians- Refute the errors of those who said Gentiles needed to be circumcised

Colossians- Refute the belief that Christ was just one of many divine powers

Hebrews- Defend the gospel’s superiority to the Mosaic covenant

1 Peter- Preparing to live by the gospel and to defend it when challenged

2 Peter- Remembering what Christ and the apostles taught when unbelievers scoff

1 John- Refute those who taught that Jesus only seemed to be human

Jude- Urge Christians to defend the gospel against those distorting it

Revelation- Assure persecuted Christians that Christ will conquer evil and death

This is a great list to have on hand when someone claims that apologetics is not necessary!

A special thank you to Mr. Bowman for allowing me to publish this list!

Courage and Godspeed,

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Jesus for Skeptics

The radio program, Haven Today, recently aired a 5 part series with prize-winning journalist John S. Dickerson entitled Jesus for Skeptics.  You can listen here.

Below is a summary of each part-
Part 1: Did Jesus truly exist? And if so, was his impact on the world good or evil? There are many skeptics today, but thankfully there are ways to answer them.
Part 2: Jesus must either be a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord Almighty. Which one do you believe He is? And if you are skeptical, could you be wrong?
Part 3: What’s the difference between healthy or unhealthy skepticism? One way to tell is to see where your questions lead you―whether that’s to the Lord or to answers you already think you know.
Part 4: Whether or not you believe Jesus is the Son of God, you can’t deny His influence on the way you think and act. For the past 2,000 years, His teachings have led people to shape the world we live in.
Part 5: Does Christianity benefit society? Skeptics usually focus on the bad things done in Jesus’ name, but did you know that faith in Christ drove many of the greatest humanitarian achievements of all time?
God Bless,

Wednesday, November 06, 2019