Category: Apologetics

Contend and defend for the Christian faith.

Genesis: A Murder East Of Eden

Genesis: A Murder East Of Eden

That didn’t take long, did it?

You might have thought Genesis 4 couldn’t go worse than Genesis 3 – that mankind would have learned its lesson. Surely man would do better! Surely he’d turn away from sin! However, before Genesis 4 was over, a blood soaked corpse proved otherwise.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) Why did Cain kill his brother? What was wrong with his sacrifice?

B) Why did God warn Cain that ‘sin lay at his door?’

C) Is it possible that sin is at our door as well? What should we do?

 

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Genesis: Temptation And Fall In The Garden

Genesis: Temptation And Fall In The Garden

One sin. That’s all it took.

In our day, sin is treated casually – as a marketing device (think ‘Sin City’) and rarely as a spiritual anchor. But one sin is all it took for man to be thrown out of the garden, and for chaos to sweep the created realm. This tells us two things: 1) sin must be really bad, and 2) God must be really holy.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) What ‘tool’ did the serpent use to attack Eve in the garden?

B) What is the purpose of the fiery sword at the garden’s edge?

C) Why are the words ‘Genesis 4’ the best words in any language?

 

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Genesis: In The Beginning (Creation)

Genesis: In The Beginning (Creation)

There is a God, and you are not Him.

The starting point for all correct theology or philosophy is found in Genesis 1, which declares God’s existence and transcendence over that which He has made. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) Why do people argue for ‘evolution’ or the ‘big bang’ instead?

B) Are those theories consistent w/ the Bible’s teaching on creation?

C) How do we explain the apparent age of rocks, stars, and so forth?

 

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He Is Risen: Witnesses To The Resurrection

He Is Risen: Witnesses To The Resurrection

Witnesses, proof, evidences – it was all there.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of the most heavily reported, historically verified events of antiquity. And that’s a good thing, since the fate and future of billions hangs in the balance. Today, we’ll consider the implications of the empty tomb.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) Why were the apostles so anxious in Luke 24?

B) Why is the best news often the hardest to believe?

C) If Jesus is alive, then what is He doing right now? Do we know?

 

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Behold The Lamb: Why Jesus Was The Lamb Of God

Behold The Lamb: Why Jesus Was The Lamb Of God

On the day the people were looking for a perfect lamb for their Passover celebration, the ‘lamb of God’ approached. It wasn’t a coincidence.

In today’s study, we will consider the events of Palm Sunday through an unusual set of eyes – those of John the Baptist. Why did John call Jesus the ‘lamb of God?’ Why didn’t anyone else see Him that way?

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) What is the connection between the Passover and ‘Palm Sunday?’

B) What is the difference between appeasement and atonement?

C) Can you be saved by appeasing God? Why or why not?

 

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When Christians Face Hardships, Trials, And Tribulations

When Christians Face Hardships, Trials, And Tribulations

You won’t find ‘utopia’ in a warzone.

So many people misunderstand their reality. They think that this world is their home, irrespective of how little time they’ll spend here. They think this world is great, irrespective of the landmines going off around them. Conversely, the Bible says that this world is filled with trials and hardships. And so, our hope is not found in this ‘valley of death,’ but in the Shepherd that leads us to someplace better.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) What words of encouragement did Peter have to the suffering?

B) Why does God allow His children to be tested and tried?

C) How do we know that our story ends well? How can we be sure?

 

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What Is Love: A Story Of Passion And Sacrifice

What Is Love: A Story Of Passion And Sacrifice

What makes ‘love’ greater than faith or hope?

In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul said “now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” So, why is ‘love’ superior? Well, for starters, it is the only one of those three words that applies to God. God does not have ‘faith.’ God does not hope. But HE DOES LOVE – in fact, HE IS LOVE!

Questions That We’ll Consider:

A) What mess was Corinth in, that they needed a primer on love?

B) How does love motivate us in ways that no other emotion can?

C) What sets love apart (both now and on Heaven’s shores)?

 

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The Desert: Salvation Comes To The Wasteland

The Desert: Salvation Comes To The Wasteland

The desert is home to some of the Bible’s most fascinating stories.

In Acts 8, there was a caravan traveling in the desert of Judea. At its head was a pagan eunuch – someone well outside of the covenant community, but not outside of God’s plan of salvation. And in order to reach this man, God sent an evangelist into the wasteland. His name was Phillip, and this is his story.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) Why does God care for rebels, pagans, and sinners?

B) What book was the Ethiopian reading when Philip found him?

C) What hope does Acts 8 give for the ‘lost people’ in our lives?

 

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Why Do The Nations Rage Against God

Why Do The Nations Rage Against God

Rebellion. Rejection. Disdain.

The nations have long rejected God’s rule in favor of their own. But why? What causes the nations to rage against God, and to plot so many vain things? In today’s sermon, we’ll consider mankind’s ongoing rebellion and God’s response.

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) How do nations and leaders foment their insurrection?

B) What does it mean that God ‘sits’ in Heaven and laughs at them?

C) In what way is Psalm 2 a ‘Messianic’ Psalm?

 

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Behold What Manner Of Love!

Behold What Manner Of Love!

God does not have any ‘peons’ in Heaven. He has family.

Your salvation accomplishes so much more than just ‘punching your ticket’ to Heaven. Rather, it includes this wonderful outcome: you are treated as family when you get there! God has no peons in Heaven, but He does have sons and daughters. “Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us, that we should be called children of God.”

Questions That We’ll Answer:

A) What does it mean for God to be our Heavenly ‘Father?’

B) Why was John so amazed that we are called God’s ‘children?’

C) What is your value in God’s eyes? How does He see you now?

 

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