Christian Evidences

This section contains sermons that address Christian Evidences including sermons on The Resurrection, prophesy, evolution, etc.

Creation Vs. Evolution

  1. Outlining the Options:
    1. Atheistic Evolution - Belief that evolution has produced everything that exists, denying the existence of God.
    2. Theistic Evolution - Belief that evolution was started and guided by God, and that the stories in Genesis 1-11 are mythical and allegorical.
    3. Creation - Belief that our universe was created by the God of the Bible in exactly the way stated in Genesis 1, and that the stories of Genesis 1-11 are literal and historical.
  2. Considering Theistic Evolution:
    1. The Day - Age theory : The word "Day" in Genesis 1 means "Age", not a literal 24 hour period of time. Usually appeal to 2 Peter 3:8 (one day is as a thousand years, and one thousand years as one day). There are many literalists which teach that creation took 7,000 years, some say 70,000 others as much as 7 Billion years.
      1. Hebrew YOM (Translated "Day" in Genesis 1) when used with a number ALWAYS refers to a solar day.
      2. YAMIM (Plural of YOM) always refers to solar days
      3. Evening & Morning (Used in OT over 100 times) always refers to a solar day
      4. "Evening & Morning" was standard Jewish way of designating a solar day
      5. Hebrew words available for "ages" (DOR) or "long indefinite period of time" (OLAM)
      6. Survival of plants for hundreds to billions of years without sunlight & insects?
      7. Genesis 1:14 separates signs, seasons, days, and years
      8. Adam created 6th day yet he was only 130 years old when Seth was born in Genesis 5:4,5
      9. Exodus 20:11; 31:17 both plainly state that this occurred in six days
      10. Death entered into our reality at the sin of Adam, thus animals could not have lived and died for millions of years before Adam.
      11. 2 Peter 3:8 says one day is AS 1000 years. Applies to Genesis 1 & Matthew 27:63 the same.
    2. The Gap theory: There is a gap of an undetermined amount of time between Genesis 1:1 & Genesis 1:2,3 during which time there was a civilization, Satan led a rebellion among them, and God destroyed the earth which he had made, leaving it in a state of Chaos. Genesis 1:2,3 refer to a Re-creation ( re-formation).
      1. The immediate context gives no hint of this interpretation.
      2. There is no Bible evidence that Satan had a rebellion on earth, much less it being the cause of a great cataclysm.
      3. That Satan was not on the earth as a rebel against God prior to the creation of Adam is clear from Genesis 1:31 where God pronounces all of creation "Good"
      4. The gap theory teaches death and destruction in the world before Adam which plainly contradicts Romans 5:12, 1 Corinthians 15:21)
      5. Exodus 20:11 says that the heavens, the earth, and all that is in them was created in six days. This leaves no room for a "gap"
  3. Evolution Vs. Creation
    1. By evolution, we do not mean change within a kind, we mean change between kinds.
      1. Story of Creation
      2. Story of Evolution
      3. The frog kissed by the princess, turning into a prince is a fairy tale if it happens in a moment, but the frog turning into the prince over several million years is supposed to be science.
      4. The addition of time will not help an impossibility to occur.
    2. Three fold examination of the origin of the universe
      1. The universe exists
      2. The universe has order
      3. Man is unique in the universe
    3. Note that Evolution is still called a Theory, because it has not been proven
    4. Many object to creation on the grounds that it is not scientific. Neither is Evolution.
      1. State the problem or question
      2. For a hypothesis or possible solution
      3. Experiment and test this hypothesis observing the results
      4. Interpret the data
      5. Draw your conclusion
    5. Evolution falls at exactly the same point in the process. It cannot be observed, experimented, or tested.
    6. How do the facts fit the two theories.
      1. Living animals are kinds (per Genesis), and not thousands of transitional forms
      2. What about fossils?
        1. The fossil record confirms creation for we find no transitional fossils where there should be millions.
        2. Where is the 1% horse & 99% dog?
        3. All known mutations are harmful.
    7. Dinosaurs are merely extinct animals (Job 40, 41)
    8. The second law of Thermodynamics denies evolution (everything, when left to itself, tends toward decay and disorder)
    9. If there are all these scientific problems with evolution, then why do so many scientists believe it?
  4. Many prominent scientists don’t (i.e. Louis Pasteur, Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday, Leonardo Da Vinci, Francis Bacon, and more.) believe in Evolution
  5. Quote from one prominent evolutionist "The scientific difficulties with evolution are many and great, but the only alternative is creation, and to me, this is incredible."




Details Of His Death

Introduction: Acts 10:43 (All the prophets give witness to the claim that Jesus is the Christ. Various prophets offer various details fulfilled at different moments in his life. His purpose, and many prophesied events, are culminated in the events of his death. This one event shows how well the prophets bear witness to his claims, proving Jesus is the Christ.)

I. Portrait Of The Prophets: (This section will briefly outline details about the different prophets we will cite regarding Christ’s death.)

     1. David: (David started out a simple shepherd boy and wound up being king of Israel. He authored most of the Psalms. He lived about 1,000 years before Christ.)

     2. Amos: (Amos was a simple herdsman and prophet of Tekoa in Judah. He lived about 750 years before Christ.)

     3. Isaiah: (Isaiah was a prophet in Judah and lived about 750 years before Christ.)

     4. Jeremiah: (Jeremiah was a prophet in Judah, sometimes exiled in Egypt, often tormented by those he served. He wrote the book that bears his name as well as Lamentations. He lived about 600 years before Christ.)

     5. Daniel: (Daniel was a prophet of Judah who lived in captivity, at first in Babylon and then Medo-Persia. He was a government official in both lands. He lived about 550 years before Christ.)

     6. Zechariah: (Zechariah was a prophet of the reform period after the Babylonian captivity. He served the government of Judah in helping direct the reconstruction. He lived about 450 years before Christ.)

II. Hail To The Historians: (This section will briefly note the quality and integrity of the four gospel historians as well as basic facts about their lives.)

     1. Matthew: (Matthew was a Jewish tax collector and one of the original disciples of Christ. As a publican he would have been lowly in the eyes of his own people. Yet his record quickly gained credibility among his peers, even Jewish Christians.)

     2. Mark: (Mark was probably a fisherman and may have been related to the apostle John. Though not a high profile figure, his gospel was accepted early on by the Christian community as authentic.)

     3. Luke: (This Greek physician is renowned as the consummate historian. Like the other historians, he submitted his work for the approval of many eye witnesses to these events [Lk. 1:1-3] which shows the records were carefully verified by many witnesses.)

     4. John: (This humble fisherman validates his work with the perspective of an eye witness. Though his gospel records some events not mentioned in the synoptic gospels, none of the details contradict with the others.)

III. Remarkable Realization: (This section will briefly detail specific prophesies Christ fulfilled in his death. It is truly remarkable that the message of these prophesies is realized in the death of Jesus.)

     1. Betrayed By A Friend:

        Prophesy: Ps. 41:9 (David wrote his Psalms about 1000 years before Christ. Here he prophesies Christ would be betrayed by a friend.)

        Fulfillment: Mt. 26:47-56, Mk. 14:43-52, Lk. 22:47-53, Jn. 18:2-11 (The gospel record verifies that Judas, one of Christ’s personal friends, betrayed him.)

     2. Forsaken By Disciples:

        Prophesy: Zech. 13:7 (Zechariah said Christ’s followers would initially flee in the face of his death.)

        Fulfillment: Mt. 26:31, 56, Mk. 14:27, 50, Jn. 16:32 (The disciples all fled at first. Though some were present at his crucifixion they initially left him to face it alone.)

     3. False Witnesses Testified Against Him:

        Prophesy: Ps. 27:12 (Another Psalm of David foretells of the false witnesses against Christ.)

        Fulfillment: Mt. 26:59-60, Mk. 14:56 (The Jews fulfilled these prophesies as they floundered to find false witnesses to testify against Christ.)

     4. Would Not Speak In His Own Defense:

        Prophesy: Isa. 53:7 (Isaiah prophesied about 700 years before Christ. He told that the suffering Christ would be silent, not speaking in his own defense.)

        Fulfillment: Mt. 26:62-63, Mk. 14:60-61, Mk. 15:3-5, Jn. 19:9-10 (Jesus fulfilled this prophesy. His silence was frustrating to those who tried him.)

     5. Endured Mockery, Taunting, Beating:

        Prophesy: Isa. 50:6, Lam. 3:30 (Isaiah speaks of how Christ would be mocked, beaten, have his beard pulled and in general be taunted. Jeremiah reflects the same kind of treatment.)

        Fulfillment: Mt. 26:67-68, Mk. 14:65, Lk. 22:63-65 (The unbelieving Jews fulfilled this expectation in the way they treated Christ at his trial.)

     6. Reward Money Thrown In God’s House:

        Prophesy: Zech. 11:13 (Zechariah said the reward money would be thrown down in the temple.)

        Fulfillment: Mt. 27:5 (Judas did this very thing after trying to get the Jews to take back the reward money.)

     7. Reward Money Bought Potter’s Field:

        Prophesy: Zech. 11:13 (Zechariah said the reward money would be used to purchase a potter’s field in which the betrayer would be buried.)

        Fulfillment: Mt. 27:3-10, Acts 1:15-19 (The Jews did this very thing since blood money could not be taken into the temple treasury.)

     8. Nailed To The Cross By Hands And Feet:

        Prophesy: Ps. 22:16 (This Psalm of David specifically says Christ’s hands and feet would be pierced.)

        Fulfillment: Mt. 27:35, etc., Jn. 20:25-27 (In crucifixion the victim’s hands and feet were nailed to the cross. Thomas later reflects on desiring to see these wounds as proof the resurrected person is truly Christ.)

     9. Crucified:

        Prophesy: Dan. 9:26 (Daniel prophesied the Messiah would be killed in the midst of his last prophet "week" or seven year period, after his three and a half year ministry.)

        Fulfillment: Mt. 27:35, etc. (The prophesy is fulfilled in the fact Christ was crucified after his three and a half year ministry.)

     10. Crucified With Criminals:

        Prophesy: Isa. 53:12 (Isaiah said Christ would be killed in the company of common criminals.)

        Fulfillment: Mt. 27:38, Mk. 15:27-28, Lk. 23:33 (This was fulfilled when they crucified Jesus between two thieves.)

     11. Hated Without Reason:

        Prophesy: Ps. 69:4 (David’s Psalm says Christ would be hated without just cause.)

        Fulfillment: Lk. 23:4, 14, Jn. 15:25, Jn. 18:38, Jn. 19:4-6 (The Jews and Romans all hated Jesus, yet Jesus had done them no wrong.)

     12. Friends Watch From A Distance:

        Prophesy: Ps. 38:11 (This Psalm of David foretells Christ’s friends would observe his suffering from a distance.)

        Fulfillment: Lk. 22:54, Lk. 23:49 (Peter and the others kept their distance while watching the proceedings at Christ’s trial and murder.)

     13. Others Shook Their Head At Him:

        Prophesy: Ps. 22:7, Ps. 109:25 (Both of these Psalms of David speak of people wagging their heads at Christ.)

        Fulfillment: Mt. 27:39, Mk. 15:29-30 (The passers by did this very thing while Jesus hung on the cross.)

     14. Gambled For His Clothes:

        Prophesy: Ps. 22:18 (David prophesied the soldiers would gamble for Christ’s clothes.)

        Fulfillment: Mt. 27:35, Mk. 15:24, Lk. 23:34, Jn. 19:23-24 (The Roman soldiers did this to determine who could keep the remnants of Christ’s garments.)

     15. Given Gaul And Vinegar:

        Prophesy: Ps. 22:15, Ps. 69:21 (Both Psalms of David foretell Christ would be given gaul and vinegar for his thirst.)

        Fulfillment: Mt. 27:34, 48, Mk. 15:23, 36, Lk. 23:36, Jn. 19:28-30 (Christ was offered vinegar twice in fulfillment of the prophesy.)

     16. Commended His Spirit To God:

        Prophesy: Ps. 31:5 (This Psalm of David tells another statement Christ would make on the cross.)

        Fulfillment: Lk. 23:46 (Christ quoted this Psalm just before he died.)

     17. Side Pierced:

        Prophesy: Zech. 12:10 (Zechariah said Christ’s side would be pierced.)

        Fulfillment: Jn. 19:33-37 (The soldiers did this instead of breaking his legs.)

     18. Darkness Over The Land:

        Prophesy: Amos 8:9 (Amos was an earlier prophet, living about 800 years before Christ. He foretold the land would be darkened the day Christ died.)

        Fulfillment: Mt. 27:45, Mk. 15:33, Lk. 23:44 (This was fulfilled when darkness came over the land while Jesus was on the cross. Note the historical references on this point later.)

     19. Buried In A Rich Man’s Tomb:

        Prophesy: Isa. 53:9 (Isaiah said the suffering Christ would be buried in a rich man’s tomb.)

        Fulfillment: Mt. 27:57-60, Mk. 15:42-46, Lk. 23:50-54, Jn. 19:38-42 (Joseph of Arimathea fulfilled this when he provided his tomb for Christ’s burial. Christ was wrapped in cloth and spices as was the custom for those wealthy enough to afford it.)

Conclusion: (In the details of his death we see a splendid affirmation of the validity and reliability of the Bible. This shows the record of prophesy contained in the Old Testament scriptures is inspired. And it shows the historical record of his life is inspired. Since the Bible is surely a book from God, it demands our attention and respect.)


Did Jesus Really Die?

The Islamic faith holds Jesus to be a prophet but denies that he is the divine son of God. Furthermore, it denies that Jesus died for the sins of others. It is maintained that the record of the gospel or Injeel and the Torah or the Tawrit has been so tainted by Hellenistic, Pagan influences that it's true message is lost and the traditional story of Jesus cannot be believed. The purpose of this sermon is to deal with growing Islam, build faith in Christ, and to show your need for Christ.

Islamic Position:

    1. No Vicarious Atonement: Surah 35:18 "And a burdened soul cannot bear the burden of another..." (it is central to the beliefs of Islam that one cannot suffer for the sins of another.)

     Ezek. 18:20 (Moslems claim this passage teaches one cannot bear the sin of another.)

    2. Jesus Didn't Die: Surah 4:157-158 "And their saying: Surely we have killed Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, the apostle of Allah; and they did not kill him nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to them so (like Jesus) and most surely those who differ therein are only in a doubt about it; they have no knowledge respecting it, but only follow a conjecture, and they killed him not for sure. hay! Allah took him up to Himself; and Allah is Mighty, Wise." (Islam teaches that the Jews killed a man who looked like Jesus but that Jesus was taken by God into heaven.)

    3. Jesus Not The Son Of God: Surah 6:101 "Wonderful originator of the heavens and the earth! How could He have a son when He has no consort...." See also Surah 9:30, 4:171 (Moslems believe the nature of God is such that he could not have a son.


    1. Substitutionary Death: Ezek. 18:20 (This is not a statement on vicarious atonement but is a rebuttal to the false concept that Judah was in captivity because former generations had sinned. It speaks of one person by nature suffering the guilt of former generations' sin, not Christ voluntarily bearing the penalty for another person's sin.)

     (Sin reaps the penalty of death. If there is no death for sin, how can sin be cleared? Would God be just to punish one sin with death and simply forget another?)

    2. Did Jesus Die: Surah 19:15, 33 "And peace on him on the day he was born, and on the day he dies, and on the day he is raised to life .... And peace on me on the day I was born, and on the day I die, and on the day I am raised to life." (This passage clearly speaks of the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus as a fact.)

     (If the divine Son of God did not die for man, then God expects man to do something for him [die] that he will not do for man. The greatest expression of love is to die for another, and according to Islam, God never did it. It is the utmost arrogance to think you would do something for God he would not do for you.)

    3. Jesus Is A Son: (What is inherit in the nature of God that demands he could not have a son, one who is equal but subordinate?)

What The Bible Says:

    1. Old Testament From God: Surah 32:23 "And certainly We gave the Book to Moses, so be not in doubt concerning the receiving of it, and We made it a guide for the children of Israel." (The Rook is clearly said to be from God, and is a believable guide.)

     Surah 5:44 "Surely We revealed the Torah in which was guidance and light; with it the prophets who submitted themselves to Allah..." (Along with the Torah, the first five books, also the prophet books are inspired.) See also Surah 2:53, 21:48, 23:49, 25:35, 28:43, 40:53-54, 41:45, 46:12

     Isa. 53:4-6 (There is no denying that the Old Testament portrays the coming of one who would suffer for the sins of others.)

    2. New Testament From God: Surah 5:46 "And We sent after them in their footsteps Jesus, son of Mary, verifying what was before him of the Torah and We gave him the Injeel in which was guidance and light..." (The Injeel, or gospel, is said to be from God and give light.) See also Surah 2:87, 19:30, 46:30, 57:27.

     Jn. 11:49-51 (The New Testament plainly states that Jesus would die for the sins of others.)

     2 Cor. 5:21 (The substitutionary aspect of Christ's death is specifically explained.)

    3. David Inspired: Surah 17:55 "... We have made some of the prophets to excel others, and to David We gave a scripture." (The psalmist David is said to be inspired.) See also Surah 4:163

     Ps. 2:12, Heb. 1:8/Ps. 45:6 (Christ was referred to as the son before his incarnation.)

    4. No Distinction Between Books: Surah 2:136 "Say: We believe in Allah and in that which had been revealed to us, and in that which was revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the tribes, and in that which was given to Moses and Jesus, and in that which was given to the prophets from their Lord, we do not make any distinction between any of them, and to Him do we submit." (According to this, no distinction is made between the prophets of the Bible and the Koran. One is just as credible as the other.) See also Surah 2:285.

    5. We Must Believe The Bible: Surah 3:3-4 "He has revealed to you the Book with truth, verifying that which is before it, and He revealed the Torah and the Injeel aforetime, a guidance for the people, and He sent the Furqan (Criterion) Surely they who disbelieve in the communications of Allah- they shall have a severe chastisement..." See also Surah 4:136, 6:5.

Has The Bible Been Changed: Islam holds that the Bible text has been so corrupted that it cannot be trusted. There are some passages of truth but the claims of the sonship of Jesus, etc., are the result of corruption of the text.

     Surah 7:170 "And as for those who hold fast by the Book and keep up prayer, surely we do not waste the reward of the right doers." (Why hold fast the book or consult the people of the book if it is tainted? How can the book be a guide and a light if it is tainted?)

     Isa. 40:8 (God promised to preserve his word. A similar promise is made in the Koran. If he would not keep his promise to preserve the Bible, how do we know he has preserved the Koran?)

What This Means To Us:

    1. Sonship Implies Authority: Mt. 28:18, Jn. 12:44 (As the Son of God Christ has all authority. He represents God's authority. The authority of Christ compels us to follow him.)

    2. His Death Says He Loves You: Rom. 5:8, Jn. 15:13 (The death of Jesus manifests the love of God and Christ. According to Islam, this greatest expression of love was never given by God, only by man! Arrogant! This love calls on you to follow Jesus.)

    3. Substitution Says You Need Him1 Tim. 2:5 (The fact that Christ suffered in our place shows he is your mediator to God and that you need him. How arrogant for lowly man to think he can approach God on his own, without help from the God/man, Jesus Christ!)


The Coming Of Christ's Kingdom

Introduction: Dan. 2:44 (This passage shows the expectation of God’s kingdom. The context outlines four world powers; Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. God’s kingdom was to come in the days of this Roman Empire. Many misunderstand this and teach a thousand year kingdom of Christ at the end of time. This study will show Christ’s kingdom is already with us and it involves his right to rule our lives.) Jn. 18:36 (Jesus dismissed the idea that his kingdom was worldly or would be established with warfare. His kingdom is spiritual in nature.)

A. What Is The Nature Of This Kingdom:

     1. Would Have A King: Ps. 110:1-2, Jer. 23:5-6 (The prophets foretold the kingdom would have Christ as its king.)

     2. Would Have A Law: Jer. 31:31-33 (The prophets spoke of a coming new law that would be different from the Mosaic law.)

     3. Would Have Subjects: Dan. 7:13-14 (The prophets spoke of people submitting themselves to the king’s rule. Understanding the kingdom involves understanding Christ’s right to rule our lives.)

     4. Would Have A Territory: Isa. 2:2 (The prophets told of the whole world being the territory of this new kingdom. That is to say, people of all nations can be a part of this.)

B. When Will It Be Established:

     1. In The Last Days: Isa. 2:2-3 (The prophet said this kingdom would be established in the last days. We noted earlier Daniel said it would come in the days of the Roman Empire.)

     2. These Are The Last Days: Heb. 1:1-2 (The Hebrew writer spoke of the first century as "these last days". That time was the last days of the Jewish system.) Acts 2:16-17 (Peter described the events on Pentecost as fulfilling a prophesy that pertained to the last days. This doesn’t speak of the end of time, but the end of the Mosaic system.)

C. So The Kingdom Has Been Established:

     1. Christ Said So: Mk. 9:1 (Christ spoke of his kingdom as something that would come in their life time.)

     2. Paul Was In It: Col. 1:13-14 (Paul regarding his deliverance and cleansing from sin and his admission into the kingdom as a simultaneous event.)

     3. Christ’s Right To Rule: Lk. 6:46 (Calling Jesus Lord and King means he has the right to rule our lives. Since he has a kingdom, he has the kingly right to rule.)

D. The Nature Realized:

     1. Christ Is King: Acts 2:36, Acts 17:7 (Though his kingship was not in opposition to Caesar, Christ was announced to be Lord and King by the early church.)

     2. New Covenant Is The Law: Heb. 8:6-13 (Christ speaks of the new law as being realized in the establishment of Christ’s new covenant.)

     3. Christians Are Subjects: Eph. 5:24 (We as disciples submit ourselves to the kingdom rule of Christ.)

     4. World Is The Territory: Acts 2:39, Rom. 1:16 (The early disciples were told the spiritual promises of the kingdom were for people all over the world. The scope of God’s kingdom goes beyond one nation.)

Conclusion: 1 Tim. 3:15 (Christ’s church is that kingdom, the house of God today. When you become a Christian you are rescued by Christ from sin. You then submit yourself to his kingdom rule. To deny Christ’s kingdom today is to deny the very institution in which we find shelter from sin. To acknowledge it and be a part of it is to submit to his lordship now and forever.)


What the Resurrection means to us


1.  Introduction:

A. Tell the story of the Resurrection, with short, particular, passage readings

B. What did the resurrection mean to them?

1.  It meant Peter wasn’t going back to be a fisherman

2.  It meant Mary didn’t have to have a funeral for her Son

3.  It meant the grieving stopped

4.  It meant Life after Death was possible

C.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the central event in human history, and for Christians, it is the “proof in the pudding”

D.  What does the resurrection mean to you and me?

2.  The resurrection means that Jesus is who He claimed to be:

A.  He claimed to be the Son of God–John 4:25-26

B.  That means He is always right, about everything.

C.  But it doesn’t mean this to everyone for some still reject His Lordship in their lives.

3.  The resurrection means that the Bible is truly the word of God

A.  The God of the Bible, the Christian God, predicted, and produced, unlike every other religion in existence.

1.  Over 300 prophesies of the Christ, all fulfilled in Jesus.Many made hundreds, even thousands of years before.

2.  God promised them, and He fulfilled them.

B.  Jesus recognized the scriptures as true and inspired from God.

1.He quoted from the OT scriptures constantly in His ministry

2.This means that any other religious “way” is wrong–John 14:6

3.And, every other religion is wrong.

C.But it doesn’t mean this to everyone for some still reject the Bible

1.And some claim it, yet make no effort to obey it.

4.  The resurrection means that death, even your death, is not final.

A.  Shall a man live again?And the answer to that question can be answered with a resounding YES!

B.  It means that what you do in this life, is only temporary–2 Pt.3:10-13

1.  Consider Eternity and how long that will be –Illustration of sparrow

C.  It means all that Jesus taught about the “next life” is true–John 5:23,24

1.  Including His teachings of Heaven and Hell.

D.  It means Death is a defeated enemy –1 Cor.15:54,55

E.  Yet it doesn’t mean this to everyone, for many live as though there is nothing to be gained in a future life from our conduct in this life.

5.  The resurrection means that your forgiveness is real –1 Corinthians 15:14

A.  It means that a “fresh start”, a “new beginning”, a “do-over” is possible.

1.  Jesus called it being “Born Again” Jn.3:3,5

a.  Can you imagine being able to really “Start again”?To have the slate wiped clean?For all the ugliness of your past to be erased?For your failures and mistakes to be banished to the realm of “never happened”? no mistakes, no failures, nothing.Brand, spanking, New.

b.  When you are “Born again”, this is true of you.It’s all new.You get a 2nd chance, with a guaranteed win.You get to start the game over again. –2 Cor.5:17

B.  It means the promise of my forgiveness can be believed.

1.  The same God who promised to raise Jesus from the dead, has promised to forgive sin, and count us righteous –Rom.4:22-25

C.  It means your baptism was more than “getting wet” –Col.2:12; 1 Pt.3:21

D.  But it doesn’t mean this to everyone, for many reject this “new birth” as Nicodemus did at this time.

1.  Many even commit suicide out of regret for past mistakes.

2.  Many reject baptism as a useless work of man.


6.  The resurrection means we have a reason to die.

A.  Everyone needs a reason to die.We must die to live.And the resurrection gives us this hope.–1 Cor.15:17

1.  It means our labor in the Lord is not in vain–1 Cor.15:54-58

B.  But it doesn’t mean this to everyone, for many have never accepted life that they might live.

1.  Many live today with no hope for tomorrow.

2.  Many spend their lives in vain labors (laying up treasures here) and face death as a moment of tremendous terror.


7.  Conclusion:We have these things then, that the Resurrection of Jesus, from the dead means to us today.But it does not mean all these things to everyone.Some still don’t believe the scriptures, some reject Jesus, some deny the afterlife, some turn away from baptism and forgiveness, and some live in constant fear of a defeated enemy –death.

A.  What about you?What does the resurrection mean to you?Is it the burning fire that drives all your hopes and actions, or is it just another “doctrine” of the church?


Why we Believe the Bible

Evidence of Prophesy





Deuteronomy 28:53-57 and Luke 21:5-36 make detailed prophesies of the destruction of Jerusalem that Jesus said would occure in his generation.

In 70 A.D. Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed by the Romans just as Jesus and Moses had prophesied years before.


Isaiah 44:28 and 45:1 state that a man named Cyrus would lead the Persians in overtaking the world and rebuilding Jerusalem.

II Chronicles 36:22-23, the book of Ezra and ample record of History shows that this very thing took place.


Jeremiah 25:11-12 prophesies that the nation of Judah would be captured by Babylons for seventy years.

The book of Ezra and secular History reveal that this is exactly what took place.


In Ezekiel 26:4-5 it is prophesied that the city of Tyrewould be a place of desolation where fishermen would spread there nets.

An investigation of the place where this ancient city once thrived will show that these conditions exist just as the Bible said hundreds of years before.


The book of Daniel details the rise and fall of four major kingdoms. See chapters 2, 7, and 8. In some cases the kingdoms are specifically named.

There is a clear succession in History of four major empires from Daniel's time. These being Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome.


Daniel 11 details struggles within the Greecian empire, especially involving a northern kingdom and a southern kingdom.

History reveals just such a struggle. Specifically between Syria and Egypt. This took place centuries after Daniel spoke this prophesy.


Micah 5:2, Hosea 11:1 and Jeremiah 31:15 make detailed prophesies of the Lord's birthplace and escape to Egypt to avoid Herod's massacre of babies in Bethlehem.

Mathew 2:1-22 shows how the first two or three years of the life of Jesus fulfill these prophesies exactly.

Evidence of Science





In 1735 a scientist said there were three kingdoms: mineral, plant and animal.

Genesis 1:1-10 (mineral), Genesis 1:11-20 (plant), Genesis 1:21-28 (animal).


In the 15th century man thought the world was flat.

Isaiah 40:22 clearly speaks of the earth being round.


In past centuries man believed the earth rested on something.

Job 26:7 speaks of the earth being suspended in space.


In recent years science has discovered an empty place in the northern skies.

Job 26:7 spoke of that empty place centuries ago.


In 1543 scientists first suggested that planets and stars move.

Job 38:31-32 spoke of the movement of the stars long ago.


In the 18th century Benjamen Franklin discovered that lightning comes from condensing water in the clouds.

Jeremiah 10:13 speaks of the effect clouds and rain has in producing lightning.


Recently scientists have discovered that stars emit a musical pitch.

Job 38:7 spoke of the singing stars centuries before.


 Centuries ago the science of oceanography was born when it was discovered there were currents in the ocean.

Psalms 8:8 reveals the inspired David knew of these paths years ago.


In recent years science has discovered that snow and ice contain treasures of nitrogen which is benaficial to crops.

Job 38:22 spoke of these treasures centuries before science ever made the discovery.


The wonders of science allows for the transmision of radio signal with electricity.

Job 38:35 speaks of voice being transmitted by lightning years before science accomplished this.

Evidence of Archaeology





Jesus attributes the earlier writings of the Old Testament to Moses. For years schollars laughed at this saying that writing did not even exist in the times of Moses.

Late in 1901 and early 1902 the Code of Hammurabi (Amraphel of Genesis 14:1) was discovered which revealed that writing existed as early as 2250 b.c.


Israel suffered at the hands of many nations. At times they enjoyed peace and indipendance. But at other times they were provinces of such nations as Egypt and Babylon. Much of the Old Testament deals with these events of Israel's History.

In 1887 300 clay tablets were found near the Nile River. These were called the Tel el-Amama Tablets. They speak of conditions in Palestine that exactly verify the Bible account.


The Bible speaks of wars between Assyria and Syria and how Assyria eventually conquered Syria and Israel.

The British museum has an ancient find called the Black Obelisk. It gives details of these wars verifying the Bible record.


The Bible speaks of Israel being enslaved by the Egyptians for 430 years. During this time they made bricks with straw and later were forced to make them without straw. For years experts doubted the validity of this story.

The ancient city of Pithom has been found in Egypt revealing structures built out of strawed bricks up to a point and then without straw. Once again the Bible is proven to be true.


One of the nations discussed often in the Old Testement were the Hittites. Skeptics made light of the Bible claiming that no record of such a people exists.

Discoveries of old records in Egypt and Assyria reveal that the Hittite nation did exist in Bible times, proving the Bible right and experts wrong.


The book of Genesis says Abraham came from a city called Ur of the Chaldees. Skeptics once believed the city never existed and the Bible record is wrong.

In more recent times the city of Ur has been excavated, studied and thoroughly explored. The Bible is once again right and skeptics were wrong.


In Genesis 6 and 7 we read of a world wide flood sent by God to punish sinful man. Scientists still doubt this story, dismissing it as fairy tale.

More and more fossils of sea going species are found in high altitude areas and on top of great mountains. Men may scoff at the Bible but this kind of evidence shows the story of the flood to be true.


With Man this is Impossible

Introduction: Lk. 18:27 (In regards to the difficulty of a rich man being saved, Jesus taught that things impossible with man are possible with God. This principle is almost limitless in its application. A good example of how it applies is the Bible. The magnitude and wonder of the Bible is such that it could not have been accomplished by man, but was inspired by God. In this study we will illustrate this with the genealogy of Christ. The prophetic demands of the Christ creates an impossible scenario, impossible for man, but not for God.)

A. Prophetic Requirements Of The Christ: (The combination of prophesies made regarding Christ are staggering in what they require. The composite scenario formed seems impossible to fulfill.)

1. In The Physical Lineage Of David: II Sam. 7:12-13 (Nathan prophesied to David that Christ would be of David's descendants.) Acts 2:30, Rom. 1:3 (The New Testament application of this is emphatic and unquestionable. Christ was to be in the blood line of David in a physical, literal way.)

2. But Born Of A Virgin: Isa. 7:14 (Isaiah said the Christ would be born of a virgin. This was to be a sign of God's protection and care for his people.) Lk. 1:34-35 (Luke's mention of this event is clear. The Lord meant a literal virgin, not just a young woman. If Christ would be born of a virgin, how could he trace his lineage back to David, since he had no physical father?)

3. Rule On David's Throne: Isa. 9:6-7 (This and many other prophesies make it clear that Christ is to rule on David's throne. He is to be in the legal lineage and be a legal heir of David's throne.) Lk. 1:31-32 (Again, the New Testament shows the same idea as the prophesy. There is no escaping the idea Christ must be legal heir to David's throne.)

4. But Can't Be In The Physical Lineage Of Coniah: Jer. 22:30 (Jeremiah prophesied against Coniah [Jehoiachin], saying none of his descendants would rule on David's throne. This creates an apparent problem because Christ was to descend from David in the royal line so he would have a rightful place on the throne. Matthew even traces his physical ancestry through the royal line.)

5. Summary Of The Difficulty: (Christ had to be a physical descendant of David. But he was born of a virgin so that lineage could not be traced to an earthly father. But he was to rule on David's throne, and inheritance generally come through the father. If we provide for this by giving him a physical father he couldn't be born of a virgin. If we don't give him a royal line back to David he can't rule on David's throne. If we have no physical connection to David that prophesy fails. If we provide a physical connection through the royal line that makes him a descendant of Coniah and means he can't rule on David's throne. The difficulty seems insurmountable.)

B. Apparent Conflicts In Christ's Genealogy: (Add to the above difficulty the fact that many Bible critics claim the two accounts of Christ's genealogy in Matthew and Luke contradict between themselves and with Old Testament genealogies.)

1. Different Fathers For Joseph: Mt. 1:16 / Lk. 3:23 (The two historians seem to list two different fathers for Joseph. Matthew lists Jacob and Luke lists Heli.)

2. Different Names: Mt. 1:7-16 / Lk. 3:24-31 (The two accounts agree until we get to David. From David through Jesus they differ dramatically, with more names being different than being the same.)

3. Seems To Differ With Old Testament Genealogies: Lk. 3:36 (There are cases where the New Testament uses names that are quite different. Also, Luke adds Cainan between Sala and Arphaxad and he is not in the Old Testament genealogy. Also, there are several names left out in the New Testament tables.)

C. God Can Make It Work: (As we observed in our text, things that are impossible for man, such as the above difficulty, are possible with God. If we can show how the Bible resolves the difficulty, this would therefore prove the Bible must be from God and not man.)

1. Mary Provides The Blood Line: Lk. 3:23 (Joseph wasn't actually the son of Heli. In fact, "son" is a supplied word used to smooth out the English rendering. Joseph was "of Heli" in that he was son-in-law to him. The text says Jesus was believed to be of Joseph. To some this implies he was in reality of Heli. It is not unheard of to trace a blood line through the mother instead of the father. Note that in I Chron. 7:14 along with 1 Chron. 2:3-22, Jair is reckoned of the family of Manasseh. Actually his connection to that family was through his paternal grandmother, the daughter of Machir. His paternal grandfather, Hezron, was of the tribe of Judah. So it is possible for a blood line to go through a female in the genealogy. This seems to be the case with Christ's genealogy back to David, going through his mother, Mary. This satisfies the requirement that Jesus be in the lineage of David, but allows for the virgin birth.)

2. Joseph Provides The Legal Line: Mt. 1:16 (Joseph was literally begotten by Jacob. This shows Joseph descended from the royal line all the way back to David. Though Jesus was not his physical son, he was his step son. Jesus was commonly regarded as Joseph's son. See Lk. 2:48, Lk. 4:22. As such he was legally the first born and rightful heir. This satisfies the requirement that Jesus be rightful heir to David's throne, but does not make him a blood descendant of Coniah.)

3. This Accounts For Differences In Genealogies: (Understanding the two genealogies follows two different lines clears up the apparent difficulties between the two records.)

4. No Contradictions With Old Testament Genealogies: (The New Testament writers do not include all the links found in the Old Testament genealogies. It was not uncommon to skip generations, and was not at all inaccurate. Neither historian claims to include all the links, but they both include enough to fulfill their purposes. While Cainan is not in the Hebrew genealogy, he is found in the Septuagint. So they did have record of him.)

Conclusion: (Man could not contrive a story so detailed with such apparent impossibilities. Nor could man control human events sufficient to fulfill these prophesies. Nor could man produce a book that so exactly chronicles these events and satisfies all its own prophesies. However, with God this is possible. And he accomplished this great feat and recorded it in his book, the Bible.)