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Why I Believe in Jesus Christ

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This great lesson on a personal faith in Jesus Christ is taken from a lesson by Mark Copeland

This great lesson on a personal faith in Jesus Christ is taken from a lesson by Mark Copeland

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  • 1. Why I BelieveIn Jesus Christ! John 3:16-18
  • 2. Because of Fulfilled Prophecy!• The apostles appealed to the Messianic prophecies to produce faith in Jesus Ac.3:18; 17:1-3• Examples of Messianic prophecies: – Conflict between serpent and seed… Gen 3:15 – Blessing on all nations thru Abraham’s seed… Genesis 12:3; 22:18 – Prophet to come to be like Moses Deut. 18:15,17-19 – Would be born of a virgin Is. 7:14 – Forerunner would prepare the way of the Lord Is. 40:3 – Suffering servant to bear our iniquities Is. 53:4-12 – His resurrection from dead Psalm 16:8-11 – His ascension into heaven Daniel 7:13-14
  • 3. Because of Fulfilled Prophecy!• They help identify the One who is truly the Messiah! – The Old testament has approx. 330 prophecies concerning the Messiah – Jesus fulfilled EVERY one.• Mathematical probability of it being a coincidence is astounding… – The probability of any man who has lived fulfilling just 8 prophecies has been calculated as 1 in 10 17th power (100,000,000,000,000,000). – Peter Stoner
  • 4. Apostolic Testimony• The apostles claimed to be eyewitnesses Acts 10:39-42; 2 Peter 1:16-18; 1 Jn. 1:1-3• The apostles testimony force us to make a decision 1 Cor. 15:14-15; 2 Pet. 1:16-18• We cannot say they were sincerely deceived or mistaken Acts 10:39-41; 1 Jn. 1:1-3• They leave no room for saying they were mistaken or deceived… – Resurrection appearances of Jesus witnessed by many – 1 Cor. 15:4-8
  • 5. Apostolic Testimony• If apostolic testimony is false… – New Testament is a lie – Apostles suffered extreme hardship for what they knew was a lie – 1 Cor. 4:9-13 – Those martyred (all but one) knew they were dying for a lie – They went against what they and Jesus taught 1 Peter 2:1
  • 6. Apostolic TestimonyBut if the apostolic testimony is true…• Then Jesus is everything they taught He claimed to be: – He is the Son of God - Rom. 1:4 – He truly has ALL authority in heaven and earth - Mt. 28:18; Acts 2:36
  • 7. Apostolic Testimony• Then everything they testified concerning what He taught is true! – He was from the Father, spoke the words of the Father – John 8:28-29 – No one can come to the Father but through Him Jn. 14:6 – His blood was shed for remission of sins Mt. 26:28 – He came to offer abundant life John 10:10 – He went to prepare a place for us Jn. 14:2 – He shall come again Jn. 14:3 – There will be a resurrection of the dead and ensuing judgment John 5:28-29; 12:48
  • 8. The Plan of Salvation• Trust in the saving power of His blood! Revelation 1:5; Matthew 17:5• Hear – John 6:45• Believe – Mark 16:16• Repent – Acts 2:38• Confess – Rom. 10:10• Baptism – Acts 22:16 • Then, Be faithful to God – Rev. 2:10

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