We live in a culture that more and more questions authority, truth claims, and traditional beliefs. So what are we to believe about the authority and trustworthiness of a book that is thousands of years old? Is God's Word truly inerrant? How is it different from other religious texts? Why should we trust its claims? In Why Believe the Bible?, esteemed Bible teacher John MacArthur asks--and definitively answers--these questions and many more, including -Is the Bible the Word of God? -Can we prove the Bible is true? -How did the Bible come to be? -What does it mean that the Scriptures are "inspired?" -What did Jesus believe about God's Word? -Who decided which books were part of the Bible? Skeptics, new Christians, and longtime believers will find in this accessible book clear answers to vexing questions about the book that has arguably had more impact on the world than all other books combined. Includes a Bible reading plan with study tips and an appendix with helpful tools for Bible study.
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John has written a book of Christian apologetics, answering questions about the Christian faith through facts of history, science, and scripture. Many people have personal beliefs based on a compilation of religious ideas embedded from day-to-day experiences and hearsay. We need a deliberative theology based on proper hermeneutics of scripture, which in no way contradicts facts of the history of the church, secular history, and science. The practical guide used for understanding the Scriptures will be the historical, grammatical, and literary approach, which takes into consideration that our Bible was written by humans at different times, cultures, and circumstances but always under the superintendence of the Holy Spirit, therefore making it Gods infallible Word. This book endeavors to bring the authors insight and spiritual gifts to its pages to share Gods message of grace and hope for all mankind through the reconciling and saving work of Jesus Christ.
Establishing the identity and meaning of Jesus as the perfect revelation of God, Why Believe? examines the nature of theology, God, faith, scripture, the Church, spirituality, and morality.
Why believe in Jesus Christ? How can I know God? Why did Jesus die? Can we trust the Bible? This helpful small book explains the central beliefs of Christianity.
In a glorifying moment with God, this book was born. As author Bruce Tong wrestled with a deep question about how many Christians live life with a huge wall of frustration and unwanted failure in front of them that leads to the wave of complacency that infects the Church, God showed him that it comes down to the difference between believing and believing in Jesus. There is a simple little verse in Johns Gospel: The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent (John 6:29 NIV). As if it were dancing on the paper, this thought came to Bruce: many Christians say that they believe in Jesus but live a life that would suggest that nothing has changed. Its as if the shroud of Christianity is only reserved for Sundays and the rest of the week is about living for the world. They say, I believe in Jesus, but I will carry on living my life the way I want. Then there are the people who believe Jesus. In other words, their lives have been immersed in Jesus. He is their everything, and you can see it by the way they live, what they say, and how they act. Bruce sat there stunned for a while. Could it be that simple? Is belief simply faith in action? He needed to find out, so he began to turn the pages of Johns Gospel, and it was as if a large hand jumped out of every page, slapped him on the face, and pulled his head to the word believe, saying, Look at this! Read that. The journey began, and ideas began to flow. He began to view this wonderful Gospel with different eyes and through a revitalised, open heart. Each word that was written on paper not only transformed his understanding but also began to transform him. He hopes that this journey will be as encouraging for you as it was for him.
A best-selling Christian author shares the story of his own spiritual journey of discovery, and how he went from skepticism to devout belief, while honestly dealing with the fundamental questions about the nature of God and Jesus that all Christians must ask themselves.
Where can your 4th, 5th, and 6th graders go for answers? Your 4th, 5th, and 6th graders are looking for a place of their own. A place that gets beyond simple solutions, pat answers, and slogans. A place that is filled with people who listen to them, challenge them, and support them as they follow God. Your students are looking for their domain. domain.456 will help your 4th, 5th, and 6th graders navigate through a sometimes confusing world. It gives them a place to talk about the complex issues they face every day. Issues like Why Believe, Change, and Fun. And most importantly, your students will find out what God and His Word say about these tough issues. In this book you'll find three units for a total of 13 lessons over 20 reproducible activity sheets (no student books to buy!) three reproducible parent newsletters to involve families in the topics being discussed Other books available in the domain.456 series Substance Abuse/Communicating with Others/Who Is Jesus? Problems in Society/Making Choices/Friendship The Invisible World/My Values/Sin Peer Pressure/Pain and Death/Heroes Self-Esteem/Differences/Authority Growing as a Christian/School/Leisure Time Families/The Environment/Sports and Competition ISBN 0-7814-5461-1