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3 Concepts to a Better Witness

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Session #1 Everyone can learn to give answers for their faith by learning 3 crucial Subjects

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Truth, God, and The Resurrection

Everyone can learn to give answers for their faith by learning 3 crucial subjects.

Introduction

A. The stated “GOAL” is to make you a better witness for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “You shall be my witnesses”
Acts 1:8 NASB95
but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
B. Secondary Supportive Goal
The next goal is to teach you, the church how to navigate and press someone to evaluate their worldview in order to show the incompetence of that view. This in turn opens the person to consider another worldview.
Everyone has a worldview
Worldview is the way you view the world to make sense of it.
A worldview must match reality
2. Worldview has 3 Major Components
a. Source Reality/God/Metaphysics
b. Knowledge/truth/epistemology
c. Humankind
Are there concepts to help you grasp what is necessary for the stated and secondary goals?

I. Truth - Philosopher

What is truth?
A. Theories of truth
Truth is not what you believe.
No belief can make something true.
No feeling can make something true.
Truth must correspond to the facts of reality.
The opposite of true is false.
The Law of Non-Contradiction states to claims about reality cannot both be true at the same time in the same sense if they contradict one another.
We cannot both be inside and outside at the same time in the same sense.
B. All Knowledge is based on truth.
Only that which is true is worth knowing.
2. Truth about reality is knowable.
C. Every Conversation/Dialogue Must Be Based on Actual Facts
Intellectual Honesty
Not feeling or experience based.
3. Self - Defeating Statements
D. Critical Thinking
Once one knows that truth corresponds to reality there is occasion to notice that not all statements are coherent.
1. There are illogical statements (statements that violate laws of logic),
a. such as “my brother is an only child.”
b. “He is a married Batchelor.”
(Separate study on informal logical fallacies).

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II. God - Three Arguments for God’s Existence

Is there proof for God’s existence, other than the Bible?
A. Origins
B. Design
C. Morality
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