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Why I am a Christian. Why I am a Christian. The 3 questions: Where did I come from? What am I doing here? Where am I going?. Came from nothing - Going to nothing. Life has no purpose Life alone has purpose. Came from something - Going to something. Life has purpose, But for what?.

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Why I am a Christian


Why I am a Christian

The 3 questions:

Where did I come from?

What am I doing here?

Where am I going?


Came from nothing -

Going to nothing

Life has no purpose

Life alone has purpose

Came from something -

Going to something

Life has purpose,

But for what?


If we have come from nothing, then…

How do we differentiate

between honor & horror?


The answers begin…

“In the beginning

God created

the heavens and the earth.”

Genesis 1: 1


But, how about the non-believer?

“what may be known

about God

is plain to them.”

Romans 1: 18-20


The whole universe testifies

“The heavens declare

the glory of God.”

Psalm 19: 1-6


Does the Creator have anything to do with me?

“What is man that You

are mindful of him?”

Psalm 8: 3-9


Do I have any responsibilitytoward the Creator?

“The law of the LORD

is perfect.”

Psalm 19: 7-10


Then sin is going against theLaws of the Creator

“By them

is your servant warned;

in keeping them

there is great reward.”

Psalm 19: 11-14


Then where do I learn more about this Creator?

“all Scripture

is God breathed.”

II Timothy 3: 16

The Holy Bible


The Holy Bible

The word gives life

Deuteronomy 8: 3

The word is flawless

Psalm 18: 30-31

The word is true, right,

power for creation

Psalm 33: 4-6


The Holy Bible

The Holy Spirit’s inspiration

II Peter 1: 19-21

The word power

for creation & destruction

II Peter 3: 5-7

The New Testament is Scripture

II Peter 3: 15-16


The Holy Bible

Is the Bible really

what it claims to be?

The Word of God?

How can we be sure?


The Holy Bible

3500 years of preservation

Written over ~1500 years

From Moses (~1400BC)

to John (~100AD)

~40 different writers – one Author!


The Holy Bible

Is the Bible we have today

the same as God’s

original revelation?

Were the words Jesus spoke

accurately recorded as the NT?


The Holy Bible

“No archaeological discovery

has ever contradicted

a Biblical reference.”

Nelson Glueck – Jewish archaeologist

If Bible is accurate historically

& archaeologically,

then spiritually…


The Holy Bible

Originals –

papyrus, parchment, vellum

Manuscripts – copies of originals

NT – more manuscript evidence

than for any book in history


The Holy Bible

Time gaps –

NT – Christ, 33AD – MSS, 300AD

OT – Malachi, 400BC –

MSS, 900AD

(until 1947 – then MSS, 200BC)


The Holy Bible

  • Are we confident in the

  • translations of the Bible?

  • Letters of early church fathers

  • Look at your Bible’s preface to

  • see the method of translation


The Holy Bible

  • What about other ‘revelations?’

  • If revealed by the same God,

  • then what should be evident?


The Holy Bible

  • If the Bible is God’s Word, then:

  • It is ALL God’s Word

  • It is eternally applicable

  • It can never be contradicted

  • by “new” knowledge

  • We can’t pick & choose

  • which parts we want to live by


“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Heb 11:1

If I can accept

“In the beginning

God created the heavens

and the earth.”

Then…


God’s story in the Bible

A perfect creation

A fallen world

A separation

Romans 5: 12

Original sin

Original grace


God’s story in the Bible

God continually reaching out

to bring us back to Him

How do we fix this separation?

Job 9: 33

Job 16: 18-21

Job 19: 25


God’s story in the Bible

Who will bridge the gap?

WE can’t do it, it HAS to be FROM God TO us


The prophecies begin

A virgin birth – Isaiah 7: 14

Mighty God - Isaiah 9: 6

In Bethlehem – Micah 5: 2

Line of David - Isaiah 9: 7

Isaiah 11: 1-3

Jeremiah 23: 5


The prophecies begin

Father/Son – Psalm 2: 7

Yet equal – Psalm 110: 1

Proverbs 30: 4

Suffering Servant - Isaiah 52: 13-14

Punished for us - Isaiah 53: 2-12


The prophecies begin

In an unheard-of manner

Psalm 22: 1

Psalm 22: 6-7

Psalm 22: 14-18

The Messiah, Anointed One

Savior, Redeemer, God with us

Perfect sacrifice


The prophecies fulfilled

Jesus – Yeshua - Salvation

John 1: 1-5, 14

A Son - John 3: 16

Yet, the Father – John 14: 9-10

Mighty God – John 8: 58

The perfect sacrifice – John 1: 29


“Are you the one…?”

Is Jesus of the Bible real?

Validity of the Bible

Extra-Biblical evidence

“or should we expect

someone else?” Matthew 11: 1-15

The fulfillment of – Isaiah 61: 1-2


John the Baptist

Even the prophecies of the prophet were true!

Malachi 3: 1, 4: 5

Matthew 3: 1-3

Isaiah 40: 3


“Are you the one…?”

Discountable events

Jewish laws & culture

Rejection, then belief

Testimony of women

OT prophecies fulfilled

Food doesn’t matter???Romans 14: 17-21


Jesus of the Bible

  • Born of a virgin

  • Born without sin,

  • lived a sinless life

  • John 8: 46

  • II Corinthians 5: 21

  • Hebrews 4: 15

  • Hebrews 2: 14-18


Jesus of the Bible

  • Jesus – fully God, fully man

  • Isaiah 45: 5

  • Mark 2: 5-7, 8-11

  • Colossians 1: 19-20

  • Colossians 2: 9-10

  • And here’s the test…

  • I John 2: 22-23

  • I John 4: 2-3


Jesus - Crucified

It was prophesied

Luke 24: 45-49

Psalm 16: 9-11

To all nations

Isaiah 49: 5-6

To overcome the impossible

Colossians 2: 13-15


Jesus – the way to God

“Unless I go away…”

John 14: 28

John 16: 7

Another step back

to God’s original plan

Revelation 21: 1-3


Jesus – Resurrected!

“I am the resurrection

and the life.”

Philippians 3: 10-11

Christianity hinges

on the resurrection

Romans 10: 9

I Corinthians 15: 13-22


Jesus – Resurrected!

“If only for this life

we have hope in Christ...”

I Corinthians 15: 19


Jesus – is coming again!

“I will come back and take you to be with me...”

John 14: 1-4


Why I am a Christian

The 3 questions:

Where did I come from?

What am I doing here?

Where am I going?


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