You’re in a conversation, and the person you’re engaged with asks you why they should believe in Jesus. What do you say?
In our Sunday School class, my co-teacher and I were asked to teach more on felt needs. March being her month to teach, she adjusted her lesson plans to show how to tell people about first God, and then Jesus. The plan was for them to make a case.
She broke us up in small groups. I looked at the group and said I don’t believe in Jesus, try and change my mind. Then I role-played an atheist.
I looked at one guy, Fred, saying, “I noticed your cross, do you believe in Jesus?”
“Tell me about him.”
He told me about how he came and died for my sins.
“How do you know that?”
The Bible said.
“The Bible was written by men.”
My wife was in the group and took her turn at convincing me. Sheri, my co-teacher looked over her shoulder, pleased at the conversation.
Russ and Kee stepped in, asking hard questions of Casey and Fred. Sheri helped them out. Time was drawing to a close, and I explained how they could strengthen their case.
It became pretty apparent they never really had to defend their faith. I immersed myself into apologetics after I was saved. They were using what’s called presuppositional apologetics. It presupposes the Bible is true and lets it defend itself as the Word of God.
I added some evidential apologetics to their style. The Bible recording real events. Prophecy in the Bible coming true. That Jesus was a historical person. I think I even added existential apologetics on how the Bible speaks so accurately about the human heart.
Can you defend your faith?
If not, here are some resources. Some posts are mine. The websites are from people much smarter than me.
- Investigating Christianity: Practical Application and the Evidence for a Creator and Jesus
- Continuing the Investigation of Christianity
Evidential Christian Casemaking
- God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe
- Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels
Philosophical Christian Casemaking
Christian Casemaking Encyclopedia
If you don’t want to hit up a library or buy a book, then go to these websites.
- http://coldcasechristianity.com J. Warner Wallace
- http://reasons.org Dr. Hugh Ross
- http://crossexamined.org Dr. Frank Turek
- http://reasonablefaith.org Dr. William Lane Craig
- http://str.org Greg Koukl
- http://rzim.org Ravi Zacharias
This is important because “the Bible says so” doesn’t cut it anymore. Dr. Frank Turek likes to say, “Because you have faith, does it make the Bible true?” Think about it and prepare yourself.