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An Introduction to Christian Evidences

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Introduction:

(1)    We live in a world today where Christianity in general is being attacked by atheists and agnostics and liberal critics.

(2)    What is the Christian to do with such attacks?

(a)    Some choose to ignore the problem and let others worry about it.

(b)    Some choose to “get around” the problem by stating that there is no rational explanation; thus, making Christianity an irrational faith.

(c)    Some choose to answer such attacks by defending the truths of the Scriptures.

(3)  What does God want us to do?

Discussion:

I.                   Definition of Christian Evidences/Apologetics

A.    “Apologetics” comes from the Greek apologia, which may be defined as “a verbal defense” (Thayer’s 65).

B.     It includes both:

1.      Setting forth the evidence

2.      Defending attacks

II.                Justification for studying Christian Evidences/Apologetics

A.    Biblical Authority Demands It

1.      Demanded by Precept

a.       “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).

b.      “The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel;” (Phil. 1.16).

c.       “But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;”

(1 Thess. 5.21).

2.      Demanded by Example

a.       Jesus practiced this (cf. Matt. 12.1-3; 21.23-27; 22.15-22; 22.23-33).

b.      Paul practiced this (Acts 9.22; 13.14f.; 17.1-3, 17; 18.19; 19.8).

c.       Peter & John practiced this (Acts 4-5).

d.      Stephen practiced this (Acts 17).

B.     The Situation in the World Demands It

1.      Many who are lost who will not look to God and the Bible

2.      The church faces cultural pressures (i.e., what the world thinks has an impact upon the thinking of the church)

3.      The church faces false philosophy

C.     The Situation in the Church Demands It

1.      Division among Christians (Jn. 17.20-21)

2.      Lack of knowledge among Christians (Hos. 4.6)

3.      Much zeal without knowledge (Rom. 10.1-4)

4.      Lack of passion for souls (Luke 19.10)

III.             Organization of study for Christian Evidences/Apologetics

A.    God exists

B.     The Bible is God’s Word

C.     The Bible teaches x

D.    I can know that x is true

Conclusion:

(1)    Evidence exists and we can know the evidence and know that what we believe is indeed true.

(2)    Hence, we can know that we are saved (1 John 5.13).

(3)    Are you living the life that you should be living?  If not, then why not change tonight?

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