Currently, we are reading the book Unsilenced: How to Voice the Gospel by James Boccardo. It is a great book about evangelism that also includes some information about Apologetics.
Great class today. Thanks for your participation. You’re doing a lot better on your memory verse (Philemon 1:6) – keep up the good work!
Today we read pages 92 – 104, covering problems 9-13. Here are problems 9-13 that we covered along with the questions:
- (pg. 92) Problem #9: What if Someone Never Hears About Jesus?
- (pg. 92) Has anyone lived a “good life” (the author references a talk show host referring to some theoretical person in Tibet before the invention of Radio or TV who has lived a “good life”)?
- (pg. 92) What should you say to a person who brings up the problem about people who’ve never heard of Jesus?
- (pg. 93) Why is it important to get the focus off of “unknown people half way around the world”?
- (pg. 95) Problem #10: No One Can Be Sure He’s Going to Heaven.
- (pg. 95) How can you answer this objection in a way that points people to Jesus (and not to yourself)?
- (pg. 95) What’s the difference between “acting religious” and “pointing people to Jesus”?
- (pg. 97) Problem #11: God Could Never Forgive Me of All the Wrong I’ve Done.
- (pg. 97) How could you use the story of Moses, Paul or even David to minister to someone who says the above statement?
- (pg. 99) Problem #12: Well That’s Good for You, but It’s Not True for Everyone Else.
- (pg. 99) How could you give an example that if something is true, it is true whether someone knows it or not?
- (pg. 99-100) What would Jesus have said about the above statement? Did He make any exclusive claims in the Bible (like in the book of John)?
- (pg. 101) Problem #13: Well, All of the World Religions “Teach the Same Things.”
- (pg. 102-103) Provide an example showing that all world religions do not teach the same thing.
Since we didn’t even come close to finishing discussion of those questions, we will start by finishing the discussion of problems 10 – 13 next week. Thanks for the feedback that this discussion time is important to you all. I will make sure from now on that we finish discussing the questions.
We started off the hour by watching this short (~2 min) video by Sean McDowell:
What Is Apologetics And Does It Still Matter For This Generation? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2_GOceY73Y
Then, after the reading of problem #9 “What if Someone Never Hears About Jesus?”, we watched this ~6 min video featuring Ravi Zacharias responding to a similar question from someone in the audience:
What of those who haven’t heard about Jesus? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImKLHfslVa4
During his answer, he opens with this passage:
Acts 17:24-27 The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
And then he finishes up with a story about someone who came to Christ by having dreams for 7 years about Jesus.
Finally, I mentioned a video which I was going to show you but we didn’t have time where Greg Koukl answers the same question referring to Romans chapters 1 & 2. Here is that video (~4 min):
What about those who’ve never heard? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIXs5wOSVk4
Hope you have a great week!