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John Hannah asks the very thought-provoking question above in his book "Our Legacy", which chronicles the historicity of the Christian faith. Christians are asked by Christ to be a light and witness to the world, but today, few Christians really have a strong grasp of the foundations of the Christian faith, and even less know how to defend that faith in a world that has always been hostile to the truth of God.
This series uses the Apostle's Creed, a statement of faith made by the early Church (about a half-century after the completion of the New Testament), to walk through the foundational beliefs of the Christian faith, with a modern-day defense for each particular doctrine being presented as well.
The Apostle's Creed begins with the words "I believe". Before you can begin to examine the statements made in the Creed, the question needs to be asked: "Why believe anything at all?" Why do you believe the things that you do? Because of your parents? A teacher or professor? A friend, religious authority, society, etc.? This presentation examines why we come to believe the things that we do and compares it to why we should believe what we do. In the end, the only reason to believe in something - such as Christianity - is because it's true, and this presentation provides evidence as to why anyone should put their faith and trust in the teachings of the Christian faith.
Naturally, the first object of belief cited in the Apostle's Creed is a belief in God. While basic to the creed, such a stance is rapidly becoming unpopular today, especially with the growing tide of militant atheism. Is belief in God a rational position to hold or is it simply delusional to believe such a thing? This presentation utilizes both a bibical and philosophical approach to show that, in the end, the God as revealed in the Bible is a far better explanation for why everything exists than any other argument.
"I want to know how God created the world.", is a statement Albert Einstein made when he came to the realization that the universe could not be eternal and therefore an eternal Creator exists. How did God create the world? Is young earth or old earth the correct stance? And what are the views of creation that the Church deems orthodox? Did you know there are seven of them (even though some theologians will argue their view is the correct...)? This presentation answers these questions and much more.
"Who do you say that I am?", is the question Jesus of Nazareth once asked His disciples. That one question has vexed the great and small down through history. Some say He never existed, others say that he lived but that His life was greatly exaggerated by the gospel writers, and still others fall at His feet and call Him Savior and Lord. Who was He really? This presentation examines the historical, logical, and Biblical evidence to reveal the truth about the most important life that was ever lived.
Emerging church leader Rob Bell dismisses the importance of the virgin birth of Christ in his book "Velvet Elvis" and implies that nothing would change in Christianity should such a thing be found false. But is this really the case? Actually, no. The virgin birth of Christ is incredibly important for many reasons. This presentation demonstrates the criticality of the virgin birth and refutes key opposing arguments against it.
Why did Jesus have to die on the cross and what did it accomplish? These two presentations examine the depravity of man, sin, and the nature of the substitutionary death of the Messiah - Jesus Christ.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the most important event in all of human history. This presentation examines the historical veracity of the resurrection, dispels common myths, and showcases of what Christ rising from the dead means for us today.
The angels said to the disciples as they watched Jesus ascend into Heaven: "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven."(Acts 1:11). Although no one knows the date and time, Jesus will return one day to the earth. This presentation examines the reasons why we should believe what the Bible says about Christ's second coming and the events that lead up to this marvelous event.
The first doctrine to be denied in the Bible is judgment. "You surely will not died" is what Satan said to Eve when she told her enemy what God had said about disobeying Him. But Satan's claim is a lie. God says that judgment is certainly coming and there will be no escape for those who choose to reject God and the salvation He's provided in Christ. This presentation discusses the various judgments that are coming, including the judgment of believers and unbelievers, and why when Christians tell people they are "saved" they need to finish the natural question that should follow - saved from WHAT?
Recent surveys show that many professing believers don't actually believe in the Holy Spirit, but instead state they think the Holy Spirit is just a symbolic representation of God. The Bible, however, speaks much differently of the third person of the Trinity, and this presentation showcases all of the amazing things that the Holy Spirit has done and is doing for the Church of God.
Gandhi once remarked, "I like their Christ, I don't like their Christian." Sadly, this is reflected in many of the current surveys done on Christianity and the Church in general. Moreover, these same surveys show some exiting the Church in rapid fashion. Why is this? What was the Church designed by God to be and how should it function today? This presentation examines those questions, issues of Church and state, and much more.
Statistics show that many people today have left the Church or are considering it. What are the reasons behind such an exodus? This presentation focuses on the communion of the saints and shows how the body of Christ is supposed to function and that, when it doesn't, tragic end results occur.
One of the major tenets of the reformation was 'sola gratia' - Grace Alone. It is only by the forgiveness of sins that is obtained through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross that anyone can spend eternity with God - it is fully a gift of God's grace that is provided to a sinner when they believe. This presenation discusses forgiveness and the power of God's grace.
"What happens when you die?" is one of the most asked questions of all time. Is this life 'it' as the atheists and philosophical naturalists say or does another life exist beyond this one? This presentation examines the different resurrections spoken about in Scripture and looks at the eternal state of both those who trust God and those who reject Him.