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  1. Evidence With Power The Evidence Series

  2. Evidence With Power Acts 1:7-8 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you will receive powerwhen the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses…”

  3. Evidence With Power Acts 1:8 “you shall be My witnesses…” Means: “We preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness.” 1 Cor. 1:23 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 1 Cor. 1:24

  4. Evidence With Power The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Cor. 10:4-5 (NIV)

  5. Evidence With Power “…power to demolish strongholds.” • Entrenched Evil: holding humans captive.

  6. Evidence With Power “…power to demolish strongholds.” • Entrenched Evil: holding humans captive. • Pride: “every lofty thing raised up against…God”

  7. Evidence With Power “…power to demolish strongholds.” • Entrenched Evil: holding humans captive. • Pride: “every lofty thing raised up against…God” • Self-Sufficiency • Competency: is His Design For Us • Apart From God is the Illusion

  8. Evidence With Power “…power to demolish strongholds.” • Entrenched Evil: holding humans captive. • Pride: “every lofty thing raised up against…God” • Reinforced By ‘Plausible’ Arguments: “we demolish arguments…” Largely irrelevant, considering…

  9. Evidence With Power “…power to demolish strongholds” MEANS: • Able to reason with evidence. “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God…”

  10. Evidence With Power “…power to demolish strongholds” MEANS: • Able to reason with evidence. • Truth that captivates every thought • Capturing the ‘philosopher’ with the Gospel. • Thus destroying the ‘philosophy’ and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ

  11. “we take captive every thought…” Dimensions THIS HURTS of Life

  12. Evidence With Power “…power to demolish strongholds” MEANS: • Able to reason with evidence. • Truth that captivates every thought. • Capturing the ‘philosopher’ with the Gospel. All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance,And all our ignorance brings us nearer to death,But nearness to death no nearer to God.Where is the life we have lost in living? T.S. Elliot, The Rock

  13. Evidence With Power “…power to demolish strongholds” MEANS: • Able to reason with evidence. • Truth that captivates every thought. • Capturing the ‘philosopher’ with the Gospel. Complaint against C.S. Lewis “It is most disconcerting to have one's case against Christianity well in hand, only to find that Lewis doesn't give the answers we expect to refute.”

  14. Evidence With Power “…power to demolish strongholds” MEANS: • Able to reason with evidence. • Truth that captivates every thought. • Capturing the ‘philosopher’ with the Gospel. Deep calls to deep…Psalms 42:7 2 Corinthians 10:5 …every thought captive..

  15. Evidence With Power “…power to demolish strongholds” MEANS: • Able to reason with evidence. • Truth that captivates every thought. • Capturing the ‘philosopher’ with the Gospel. 2 Corinthians 10:5 …every thought captive..

  16. Evidence With Power “…power to demolish strongholds” MEANS: • Able to reason with evidence.Speaking the Truth, with… • Truth that captivates every thought.Love Authority: Piercing the Heart 2 Corinthians 10:5 …every thought captive..

  17. Evidence With Power “…power to demolish strongholds” MEANS: • Able to reason with evidence.Speaking the Truth, with… • Truth that captivates every thought.Love Authority: Piercing the Heart 2 Corinthians 10:5 …every thought captive..

  18. The Holy Spirit’s Role: With Power • The Holy Spirit engineers this great work. but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses…”

  19. The Holy Spirit’s Role: With Power • The Holy Spirit engineers this great work. • He has prepared a great harvest “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest!” John 4:35b

  20. The Holy Spirit’s Role: With Power • The Holy Spirit engineers this great work. • He has prepared a great harvest. • This is His primary work. John 16:8-11 “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment…”

  21. The Holy Spirit’s Role: With Power • The Holy Spirit engineers this great work. • He has prepared a great harvest. • This is His primary work: • Convicting the indifferent. John 16:8-11 “…Concerning sin, because they do not believein Me…”

  22. The Holy Spirit’s Role: With Power • The Holy Spirit engineers this great work. • He has prepared a great harvest. • This is His primary work: • Convicting the indifferent. As I walked about the city I could see that you people here are “very religious”. You have altars erected everywhere and I even found one erected to “the unknown god.” I want to talk to you about that God. He is the God in Whom we live and move and have our being. Acts 17:22-23 John 16:8-11 “…Concerning sin…”

  23. The Holy Spirit’s Role: With Power • The Holy Spirit engineers this great work. • He has prepared a great harvest. • This is His primary work: • Convicting the indifferent. • Convincing the troubled. How can a righteous God permit this kind of activity? John 16:8-11 “…and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me…”

  24. The Holy Spirit’s Role: With Power John 16:8-11 “…and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.” • The Holy Spirit engineers this great work. • He has prepared a great harvest. • This is His primary work: • Convicting the indifferent. • Convincing the troubled. • Comforting the defeated.

  25. The Holy Spirit’s Role: With Power • The Holy Spirit engineers this great work. • He has prepared a great harvest. • This is His primary work: • Convicting the indifferent. • Convincing the troubled. • Comforting the defeated. The onlypeople youwill everwitness to.

  26. The Holy Spirit’s Role: With Power • Convicting the indifferent. • Convincing the troubled. • Comforting the defeated.