Evidence for the Resurrection

What's Your Filter

Date: November 23, 2014
Study: What’s Your Filter? Christian Apologetics and Worldview
Teacher: Small Group Debate Format

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Study Thesis: A Christian worldview enables us to look at all of live through scriptural lenses, which in turn equips us to defend the faith, evangelize wisely, critique unbiblical thought that pervades our culture, and bring God glory in all of life.

Christian Apologetics: the discipline of offering a defense of and case for, or offer evidence for, the veracity and reliability of the Christian faith.

TEACHING INTRO
The truth of the resurrection is THE fundamental question of Christianity.  What someone believes about Jesus determines how they will answer so many other questions that they deal with.  If Jesus truly is God incarnate, then one will also believe in God.  If Jesus lived and died, then it seems like God could also ordain the contents of the Bible to all point to this one Godman who would save humanity from their sin. And if God could raise Jesus from the dead, then he can transform our lives and give us hope of life with him forever.

If true, the resurrection ensures five things for Christians:  Continue reading

The Reliability of Scripture

What's Your Filter

Date: November 16, 2014
Study: What’s Your Filter? Christian Apologetics and Worldview
Teacher: Small Group Debate Format

REVIEW
Study Thesis: A Christian worldview enables us to look at all of live through scriptural lenses, which in turn equips us to defend the faith, evangelize wisely, critique unbiblical thought that pervades our culture, and bring God glory in all of life.

Christian Apologetics: the discipline of offering a defense of and case for, or offer evidence for, the veracity and reliability of the Christian faith.

TEACHING INTRO
The Christians’ ultimate authority is the Word of God. As we have discussed, ultimately as Christians, we do not rely only on our reason, but on God’s revelation of himself, through the Word of Scripture (the Bible), and through the Word made flesh (Jesus).

Christians accept God’s revelation of himself through faith. Faith is essential. Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God. We come to God through faith in Jesus. Ephesians 2 says we are saved by grace through faith.

Christians do not put their faith in the Bible to save them, as if the Bible was God himself. But Christians put their faith in the Author of the Bible, our Savior, Jesus – and believe the Bible to be true because it is God’s word to us.

As God’s word, the Bible is the ultimate standard of truth. When praying that the Father would sanctify the disciples in truth, Jesus said in John 17:17 that the Word is truth.  As the Truth with a capital “t” the Word of God stands in judgment on every other truth claim and assertion in the universe.  The Bible stands in judgment over our reason, over philosophy, over every worldview and presumption, so the attitude of the Christians towards the Bible should be one of faithful obedience.  Continue reading

The Problem of Evil

What's Your Filter

Date: November 9, 2014
Study: What’s Your Filter? Christian Apologetics and Worldview
Teacher: Casey Haase

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Study Thesis: A Christian worldview enables us to look at all of live through scriptural lenses, which in turn equips us to defend the faith, evangelize wisely, critique unbiblical thought that pervades our culture, and bring God glory in all of life.

Christian Apologetics: the discipline of offering a defense of and case for, or offer evidence for, the veracity and reliability of the Christian faith.

THE PROBLEM OF EVIL

I. Introduction

If you could ask God one question, what would it be? According to a poll of American adults, most people would ask: Why is there pain and suffering in the world?[1]  Augustine of Hippo asked the question a similar way: “If there is a God, why is there so much evil?”

In his book reflecting on the problem of evil, C.S. Lewis summarized it this way: “’If God were good, he would wish to make His creatures perfectly happy, and if God were almighty He would be able to do what He wished. But the creatures are not happy. Therefore God either lacks goodness, or power, or both.’ This is the problem of pain in its simplest form.”(The Problem of Pain)

Today, we will discuss what we philosophically call “The Problem of Evil.”

II. What is “The Problem of Evil”?  Continue reading

The Existence of God

What's Your Filter

Date: November 2, 2014
Study: What’s Your Filter? Christian Apologetics and Worldview
Teacher: Kameron Slater

REVIEW
Study Thesis: A Christian worldview enables us to look at all of live through scriptural lenses, which in turn equips us to defend the faith, evangelize wisely, critique unbiblical thought that pervades our culture, and bring God glory in all of life.

Christian Apologetics: the discipline of offering a defense of and case for, or offer evidence for, the veracity and reliability of the Christian faith.

THE EXISTENCE OF GOD
Many people today don’t believe that God exists – either conscious rejection – but, more likely –practical rejection: people live as though the here and now is all that matters.

If you have – or anticipate having a conversation a/b the existence of God or meeting someone who asks you questions about the Existence of God – my goal today is to give you some talking points you can use when you talk with people who don’t believe in God so that you can clear up some of the roadblocks and rubble that prevent people from taking the idea of divine revelation seriously.

Today, I want to give you 6 arguments for God’s existence.  The goal is to demonstrate that believing in God is reasonable, consistent with reason, and is actually more rational than the alternative of believing in his nonexistence.

Think of these as basic tools in your toolbox – basic arguments you can use in speaking to others on this topic.

6 Arguments for the Existence of God

  1. Probability: Everyday we exercise faith, and I think it’s reasonable to have faith in the supernatural.
  1. Creation and Design: Creation by an Intelligent Designer is more intellectually plausible than creation by random chance. (Telological and Cosmological arguments).
  1. Anthropic Arguments. Things about ourselves—conscience, capacity for good and evil, yearning for eternity, religious experiences—are best explained by the existence of God.
  1. Argument from Immaterialism. The existence of love, beauty demonstrate that we do not live in a materialistic universe.
  1. Transcendental Argument. Knowledge, logic, and science, etc., are only possible because God’s existence is a precondition for all thinking and knowledge.
  1. Ontological argument. God is the being greater than which cannot be conceived.  The greatest being conceivable possesses the attribute of existence.  Therefore, God exists. 

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