Approaches and Methods in Christian Apologetics
- Method and means is almost more important than the Truth. Both are vitally important to communication and persuasion.
- The incarnational experience of Christian community is powerful. That gives us a duty.
- “Jesus was asked 187 questions. He asked almost twice that many questions.” ***
- (9:20 to 10:00) “Those messages changed everything for me. Seeing God’s fingerprints. I wanted everybody to hear this. I sent the messages to friends. Suddenly I wanted everyone I know to hear this….Not too much later [I became a Christian.” (see below)
- He speaks to 4 places in Isaiah. (specificallyIsaiah 44:6-8,Isaiah 45:21-22–although I think he’s getting it specifically from the Dead Sea Scroll version) (NIV & NASB are very close)
- Parable of the Elephant.
- He walks through his method in relation to the Parable of the Elephant and links it with Jesus.
- Speak to the head and speak to the heart. Explaining the heart of God (its in Isaiah).
- Saved = To be Set Right with God.
- Predictive prophecy is the way we will know. About 100 through 39 books in OT.
- People can’t intentionally fulfill where you grow up, etc..
- Isaiah chapter 9:1-6. He quotes primarily from 6: “For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
The videos I believe he’s referring to are available here
[they have 700+ sermons from Gateway on their Vimeo video channel]
This is from John Burke, who is a Christian apologist.