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This is the 19th study in the “Growing Deep in the Gospel” series and is the third one dealing with defending the gospel. In this study we answered the question “why Believe in God?” by ...

This is the 19th study in the “Growing Deep in the Gospel” series and is the third one dealing with defending the gospel. In this study we answered the question “why Believe in God?” by looking at five arguments that show why belief in God is the most reasonable conclusion. Those arguments included the cosmological, teleological, moral law, prophecy, and heart-wired.

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    18. Why Believe in God? 18. Why Believe in God? Presentation Transcript

    • Why Believe in God
    • Growing DeepGrowing Deepin the Gospel
    • Defending the GospelDefendingthe Gospel
    • Why Defend the Gospel? Why Defend the Gospel?
    • Why Defend the Gospel?1. It is one of the ways we love others.2. It goes hand-in-hand with evangelism.3. To remove obstacles to belief.4. It helps Christians to know their faith.5. To protect the Church from heresy.6. To follow the Biblical examples.7. Because the Bible tells us to.
    • Why Defend the Gospel?… always be ready to give a defenseto everyone who asks you a reasonfor the hope that is in you… 1 Peter 3:15 (NKJ)
    • What is Apologetics?It comes from a Greek word apologiawhich means to give a reason ordefense.… always be ready to give a defenseto everyone who asks you a reasonfor the hope that is in you… 1 Peter 3:15 (NKJ)
    • Angry Young Man Why Do People Refuse to Believe in God?
    • Bible
    • Why People Refuse to Believe1. Their hearts are deceitful, wicked, darkened and hard.2. They love sin and darkness; hate God and the light; want to be their own god.3. They are alienated from God and His life.4. Their minds are corrupt, they suppress the truth, their thinking is futile, they are ignorant and are enemies in their minds.5. They are not thankful.6. They are prideful and arrogant.7. They are blinded by Satan.
    • Why Unbelief
    • Why Unbelief1. Christians Behaving Badly
    • Why Unbelief1. Christians Behaving Badly2. Bad Things Happen
    • Why Unbelief1. Christians Behaving Badly2. Bad Things Happen3. Unmet Expectations
    • Why Unbelief1. Christians Behaving Badly2. Bad Things Happen3. Unmet Expectations4. Father Problem
    • Why Unbelief1. Christians Behaving Badly2. Bad Things Happen3. Unmet Expectations4. Father Problem5. Social Pressures
    • Why Unbelief1. Christians Behaving Badly2. Bad Things Happen3. Unmet Expectations4. Father Problem5. Social Pressures6. Cost of Following Jesus
    • Why Unbelief1. Christians Behaving Badly2. Bad Things Happen3. Unmet Expectations4. Father Problem5. Social Pressures6. Cost of Following Jesus7. Sexual Immorality
    • What is Needed Most A Humble, Sincere and Open Heart…God resists the proud, but gives graceto the humble.Humble yourselves in the sight of theLord, and He will lift you up. James 4:6, 10 (NKJ)
    • A Humble Prayer“God, if You are real, I want You in my life.I beg You, please open up my heart to Youand give me understanding of You and thetruth.”
    • Defending the GospelDefendingthe Gospel
    • Why Believe?
    • Why Believe?1. Why believe in God?
    • Why Believe?1. Why believe in God?2. Why believe in the Bible?
    • Why Believe?1. Why believe in God?2. Why believe in the Bible?3. Why believe in Jesus?
    • Objections to Belief
    • Objections to Belief1. Why evil and suffering?
    • Objections to Belief1. Why evil and suffering?2. Why hell?
    • Objections to Belief1. Why evil and suffering?2. Why hell?3. What about those who never heard about Jesus?
    • Objections to Belief1. Why evil and suffering?2. Why hell?3. What about those who never heard about Jesus?4. Other objections
    • Why Believe in God
    • The GoalTo show the reasonableness ofbelieving in God and then toencourage those open to seek Him.
    • Seek GodBut if from there you seek the Lord yourGod, you will find him if you seek him withall your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29 (NIV)
    • Important ConsiderationsBe like Jesus and ask questions as oftenas possible.
    • Important ConsiderationsBe like Jesus and ask questions as oftenas possible.1. To understand where they are coming from and what they believe.
    • Important ConsiderationsBe like Jesus and ask questions as oftenas possible.1. To understand where they are coming from and what they believe.2. To help them to discover the answers for themselves.
    • Questions to Ask
    • Questions to Ask1. What do you mean that you don’t believe in God?
    • Questions to Ask1. What do you mean that you don’t believe in God?2. Why do you believe there is no God?
    • Questions to Ask1. What do you mean that you don’t believe in God?2. Why do you believe there is no God?3. If there is no God how did the universe come into existence?
    • Questions to Ask1. What do you mean that you don’t believe in God?2. Why do you believe there is no God?3. If there is no God how did the universe come into existence?4. If God was real would you want Him in your life?
    • Questions to Ask1. What do you mean that you don’t believe in God?2. Why do you believe there is no God?3. If there is no God how did the universe come into existence?4. If God was real would you want Him in your life?5. Why are you so angry when I talk about God?
    • Important ConsiderationsPeople rejected Jesus so don’t besurprised when they reject you andyour fine arguments and amazingreasoning.
    • Important ConsiderationsPray without ceasing! There is aspiritual dimension to salvation.
    • Why Believe in God?
    • Why Believe in God?1. Cosmological - Cause & Effect
    • Why Believe in God?1. Cosmological - Cause & Effect2. Teleological - Design
    • Why Believe in God?1. Cosmological - Cause & Effect2. Teleological - Design3. Moral Law - Right & Wrong
    • Why Believe in God?1. Cosmological - Cause & Effect2. Teleological - Design3. Moral Law - Right & Wrong4. Prophecy - Predictive
    • Why Believe in God?1. Cosmological - Cause & Effect2. Teleological - Design3. Moral Law - Right & Wrong4. Prophecy - Predictive5. Heart Wired - Intuitive Knowledge
    • Cosmological
    • Kalam Cosmological Argument
    • Kalam Cosmological Argument 1. Everything that begins to exist must have a cause.
    • Kalam Cosmological Argument 1. Everything that begins to exist must have a cause. 2. The universe began to exist.
    • Kalam Cosmological Argument 1. Everything that begins to exist must have a cause. 2. The universe began to exist. 3. Therefore, the universe had a cause.
    • Objection
    • ObjectionWho or what caused God?
    • ObjectionWho or what caused God?God had no beginning soHe didn’t need a cause.
    • What God SaysThe wrath of God is being revealed fromheaven against all the godlessness andwickedness of people, who suppress thetruth by their wickedness, since what maybe known about God is plain to them,because God has made it plain to them.For since the creation of the world God’sinvisible qualities—his eternal power anddivine nature—have been clearly seen,being understood from what has beenmade, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:18-20 (NIV)
    • Teleological
    • Teleological Argument Fine Tuning
    • Teleological Argument Fine Tuning1. The fine-tuning of the universe to support life is either due to necessity, chance or design.
    • Teleological Argument Fine Tuning1. The fine-tuning of the universe to support life is either due to necessity, chance or design.2. It is not due to necessity or chance.
    • Teleological Argument Fine Tuning1. The fine-tuning of the universe to support life is either due to necessity, chance or design.2. It is not due to necessity or chance.3. Therefore, the fine-tuning is due to design.
    • Examples of Fine Tuning
    • Examples of Fine Tuning1. Oxygen currently makes up 21 percent of the atmosphere. Were it 25 percent, fires would erupt everywhere and if it were 15 percent, humans would suffocate.
    • Examples of Fine Tuning1. Oxygen currently makes up 21 percent of the atmosphere. Were it 25 percent, fires would erupt everywhere and if it were 15 percent, humans would suffocate.2. I f gravity was altered by 0.0000000000000000000000000000000000 0000001 percent, the sun would not exist and the moon would crash into earth. Further, if the centrifugal force of planetary movements did not precisely balance the gravitational forces, nothing could be held in orbit around the sun.
    • Examples of Fine Tuning
    • Examples of Fine Tuning3. If the universe was expanding at a rate one millionth more slowly than it is, the temperature on earth would be 10,000 degrees.
    • Examples of Fine Tuning3. If the universe was expanding at a rate one millionth more slowly than it is, the temperature on earth would be 10,000 degrees.4. If Jupiter was not exactly where it is, earth would be bombarded by space material that would threaten life on the planet.
    • Examples of Fine Tuning
    • Examples of Fine Tuning5. A s t r o p h y s i c i s t H u g h R o s s h a s calculated that the odds of all anthropic constants (122 at last count) to be in place for any planet in the universe by luck alone to be one chance in ten with 138 zeros after it. This number becomes even more incredible when one realizes there are only 1070 atoms in the entire universe. Finally, mathematicians point out that anything which exceeds 1050 power is the exact same thing as zero chance.
    • What God SaysThe heavens declare the glory of God;the skies proclaim the work of hishands. Day after day they pour forthspeech; night after night they revealknowledge. They have no speech, theyuse no words; no sound is heard fromthem. Yet their voice goes out into allthe earth, their words to the ends of theworld. In the heavens God has pitcheda tent for the sun. Psalm 19:1-4 (NIV)
    • Moral
    • Moral Argument
    • Moral Argument1. If God does not exist, objective moral values do not exist.
    • Moral Argument1. If God does not exist, objective moral values do not exist.2. Objective moral values do exist.
    • Moral Argument1. If God does not exist, objective moral values do not exist.2. Objective moral values do exist.3. Therefore, God exists.
    • What God SaysEven Gentiles, who do not have God’swritten law, show that they know hislaw when they instinctively obey it,even without having heard it. Theydemonstrate that God’s law is writtenin their hearts, for their ownconscience and thoughts eitheraccuse them or tell them they aredoing right. Romans 2:14-15 (NLT)
    • Inferences about GodExist outside time, immaterial (spirit),very powerful, highly intelligent,eternal, personal, purposeful, andgood/moral.
    • Antique Bible Prophecy
    • Prophecy as Proof of God“Present your case,” says the Lord. “Setforth your arguments,” says Jacob’sKing. “Tell us, you idols, what is going tohappen. Tell us what the former thingswere, so that we may consider them andknow their final outcome. Or declare to usthe things to come, tell us what the futureholds, so we may know that you are gods... Isaiah 41:21-23 (NIV)
    • Prophecy as Proof of God
    • Prophecy as Proof of God1. 27% of the Bible contains what was predictive prophecy at the time that it was written.
    • Prophecy as Proof of God1. 27% of the Bible contains what was predictive prophecy at the time that it was written.2. 8,352 verses of predictive material out of a total of 31,124 verses
    • Prophecy as Proof of God1. 27% of the Bible contains what was predictive prophecy at the time that it was written.2. 8,352 verses of predictive material out of a total of 31,124 verses3. Predictive prophecies cover 1,817 events
    • Prophecy as Proof of GodNow when they have finished their testimony, thebeast that comes up from the Abyss will attack them,and overpower and kill them. Their bodies will lie inthe public square of the great city—which isfiguratively called Sodom and Egypt—where alsotheir Lord was crucified. For three and a half dayssome from every people, tribe, language and nationwill gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial. Theinhabitants of the earth will gloat over them and willcelebrate by sending each other gifts, because thesetwo prophets had tormented those who live on theearth. But after the three and a half days the breathof life from God entered them, and they stood ontheir feet, and terror struck those who saw them. Revelation 11:7-11 (NIV)
    • HeartHeart Wired
    • What God SaysHe has made everything beautiful inits time. He has also set eternity inthe human heart; yet no one canfathom what God has done frombeginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)
    • Heart Wired
    • Heart Wired1. Beauty
    • Heart Wired1. Beauty2. Judgment
    • Heart Wired1. Beauty2. Judgment3. Immortality
    • Heart Wired1. Beauty2. Judgment3. Immortality4. Utopia
    • Heart Wired1. Beauty2. Judgment3. Immortality4. Utopia5. Messiah
    • Why Believe in God?1. Cosmological - Cause & Effect2. Teleological - Design3. Moral - Right & Wrong4. Prophecy - Predictive5. Heart wired - Intuitive Knowledge
    • Judge Striking Gavel
    • Reection
    • ReectionIf a friend asked you why should theybelieve in God what would you do?
    • ReectionIf a friend asked you why should theybelieve in God what would you do?
    • ReectionIf a friend asked you why should theybelieve in God what would you do?What are the main things that youlearned from this teaching that youthink will be helpful to you?
    • Grow DeepGrow Deep!
    • Grow Deep!Know what you believe and why you believe it!
    • Last Word Take a hold of the gospel soJesus can take a hold of you!
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    • Why Jesus Came