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STARTING With SCRIPTURE

GenerationslogoThis week’s study is about APOLOGETICS!!!  This doesn’t mean that we are studying how to “apologize” for our beliefs. No, Apologetics comes from the Greek word apologiawhich means “a reasoned defense“.  We see this in the Scriptures in 1 Peter 3:15, where believers are called to “always be ready to give a defense” for the hope that they have in Christ.

15 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 Peter 3:15 (emphasis mine)

 

The apostle Paul also calls believers in Jesus to tear down strongholds and cast down arguments that are set forth against God.

1 Now I, Paul, myself urge you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent! 2 I ask that when I am present I need not be bold with the confidence with which I propose to be courageous against some, who regard us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 6 and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.  2 Corinthians 10:1–6 (emphasis mine)

 

Here are a few quick points to remember about Apologetics:

  • The primary mission Jesus Christ gave the Church was to go into the whole world and make disciples of him (Matthew 28:19-20). Apologetics is an essential tool in fulfilling this mission.
  • Apologetics is the science and art of defending the Christian faith. The word apologetics comes from the Greek legal term ‘apologia’, which means ‘to give a defense’.
  • Apologetics is necessary for believers as we are called to actively “contend earnestly for the faith” with non-believers and false worldviews (Jude 3).
  • The skill of apologetics is also helpful as Christians are called to be ready always to provide answers to those who ask us about our faith (1 Peter 3:15).
  • The manner in which we answer non-believers and “do“ apologetics is as important as the words we express (1 Peter 3:15).
  • Remember, you can win the intellectual battle yet lose the war for a person’s heart! We are not simply trying to win arguments…people’s eternal destiny is on the line!

 

For further study, check out these links:

What is “Presuppositional” Apologetics?

Fool-Proof Apologetics

Faith vs. Reason?

Is There an Ultimate Proof of Creation?

Apologetics Video Clip

 



Do Not Change God’s Word

Slide6We must be careful not to change the Word of God.

(from week #6 of our Generations Study)

Despite the claims of many of today’s modern “prophets”, the 66 books of the Bible remain the only written words that have come from God.

Christians must be careful to differentiate between those who speak forth for God and those who are false teachers and prophets.  Now I know people get upset when we start talking about false teachers and false prophets, but it is something that MUST be done.  In fact, we should note that Jesus called out false teachers and false prophets.  See Matthew 12:34; Matthew 23:23-34; Mark 11:17.

It wasn’t just Jesus doing the calling out, Peter, John ,Paul, and Jude did also. We need to be very aware that there are many false teachings in the world today.  Satan is ever bit as crafty as he was in the garden!  in Genesis 3:1 we read, “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast field…And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree in the garden?’” Satan was attempting to cast doubt upon the Word of God from the beginning!  And he is one leopard that hasn’t changed his spots.  Satan is still using this same method today.  The Bible is being re-written, changed, questioned, denied, added to, taken away from, misrepresented, misinterpreted, and more.

Christians must “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (emphasis mine)

Christian, you can have confidence in God’s Word. The Word of God can be trusted.  Therefore, be careful to read it, heed it, and obey it. Jesus himself is our example.  He stood upon the truth God’s Word (see John 3:34; John 14:6; john 17:3).

We are also warned against falling prey to empty deceit, traditions of men, and the principles of this world that are not of Christ (Colossians 2:8).

Remember, the Bible is our foundation (Psalm 19:7-11; 86:11; 119:105). We are to study the Bible diligently (Hebrews 4:11-13; 2 Peter 1:2-4; 2 Timothy 2:14-19). God’s Word guides us (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6: 13-18). God will always preserve His Word (Luke 24:13-32; Jeremiah 36:1-4; 36:17-32). God’s Word is complete. Therefore, do not change God’s Word.

The Bible tells us in Deuteronomy 18:20–22

20 ‘But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ 21 “You may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’ 22 “When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.

Look at what Dr. John MacArthur states about this in The MacArthur Study Bible:

How could the people tell if a prophet was authentically speaking for God? Moses said, “If the thing does not come about,” it was not from God. The characteristic of false prophets is the failure of their predictions to always come true. Sometimes false prophets speak and it happens as they said, but they are representing false gods and trying to turn people from the true God—they must be rejected and executed (13:1–5). Other times, false prophets are more subtle and identify with the true God but speak lies. If ever a prophecy of such a prophet fails, he is shown to be false. Cf. Jer 28:15–17; 29:30–32.

[MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Dt 18:20–22). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.]

 

Now, Look at Revelation 22:18–19

18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

We find here in the last chapter of the last book of the Bible the assurance from God that His Word is complete and must not be changed. MacArthur notes here that “Jesus offers extended testimony on the authority and finality of the prophecy. He commissioned John to write it, but He was its author. These are not the first such warnings (cf. Dt 4:2; 12:32; Pr 30:6; Jer 26:2).”

Further, He points out that “These warnings against altering the biblical text represent the close of the NT canon. Anyone who tampers with the truth by attempting to falsify, mitigate, alter, or misinterpret it will incur the judgments described in these verses.”

[MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Re 22:18). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.]

We would do well to also make a careful reading of Deuteronomy 4:2; Deuteronomy 12:32; and Galatians 1:6-9)

 

Here are a few more points to wrestle with concerning this weeks lesson:

Remember, that there are ways to distinguish between God’s Word, the Bible, and those writtings through the centuries that claim to be from God.

  1. Does the writing make false predictions?
  2. Does the writing add to or take away from the 66 Books of the Bible?
  3. Does the writing make statements that contradict the Bible?

 

Review the “A Different Gospel” Worksheet.




Sermons and Teachings

 



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GOOD NEWS:

Jesus has done everything needed to secure our salvation.

Here is what we need to understand about our sinful condition, the salvation provided through Jesus, and our response:
Being a Christian is more than identifying yourself with a religion or affirming a certain value system. Being a Christian means you have embraced what the Bible says about God, mankind, and salvation. Consider the following truths found in Scripture.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN

 

Being a Christian is more than identifying yourself with a religion or affirming a certain value system. Being a Christian means you have embraced what the Bible says about God, mankind, and salvation. Consider the following truths found in Scripture.

 

God Is Sovereign Creator.
Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him. The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore, He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.

 

God Is Holy.
God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13). God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

 

Mankind Is Sinful.
According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own. (Romans 3:10-12).

 

Sin Demands a Penalty.
God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death: (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences.16

 

Jesus Is Lord and Savior.
The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (Colossians 1:16). Therefore He owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship. Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Savior who paid the penalty and died for sinners (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s justice and Christ’s perfect life satisfied the demands of God’s holiness (2 Corinthians 5:21), thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26).

 

The Character of Saving Faith.
True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin (Luke 13:3,5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9) and pursue Christ (Matthew 11:28-30; John 17:3) and obedience to Him (1 John 2:3). It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).

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