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January 7, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Approaches and Methods in Christian Apologetics

  1. Method and means is almost more important than the Truth.  Both are vitally important to communication and persuasion.
  2. The incarnational experience of Christian community is powerful.  That gives us a duty.
  3. “Jesus was asked 187 questions.  He asked almost twice that many questions.” ***
  4. (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)
  5. 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)
  6. Parable of the Elephant.
  7. He walks through his method in relation to the Parable of the Elephant and links it with Jesus.
  8. Speak to the head and speak to the heart.  Explaining the heart of God (its in Isaiah).
  9. Saved = To be Set Right with God.
  10. Predictive prophecy is the way we will know.  About 100 through 39 books in OT.
  11. People can’t intentionally fulfill where you grow up, etc..
  12. 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.


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