Cross-Examined Sermon Series

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But dedicate your lives to Christ as Lord. Always be ready to defend your confidence in God when anyone asks you to explain it. However, make your defense with gentleness and respect. Keep your conscience clear. Then those who treat the good Christian life you live with contempt will feel ashamed that they have ridiculed you.
1 Peter 3:15-16 GWT

Questions are good.

Jesus asked a lot of them.  In fact, the Gospels reveal that Jesus asked 307 questions, was asked 183 questions but only answered 8. The reality is that many of us are afraid of questions, because either:

  1. We are embarrassed that we can’t answer them; or,
  2. We don’t know the answer.

This is especially true when it comes to our faith.  Many of the people we see on a daily basis have a lot of questions about God, Jesus, and other matters of faith.

Your children have questions - and they don’t mind asking.

Like, what happened to the dinosaurs?  Are they in the Bible?
What is heaven like?  Or, where is it?
How can we believe in someone we can’t see?

Lee Strobel - another lawyer turned preacher - was an atheist who decided to explore the claim of Christianity.  He set out to apply the same legal standard applied to court cases, and fully expected to be able to disprove Christianity.

He ended up being a believer.  Here’s what he said about asking questions -
If I had stopped asking questions, thats where I would have remained."― Lee Strobel, The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God

In this sermon series, I’m going to take on some of the tough questions.  The goal is not to absolutely convince you, but to help you think on your own, and be prepared to “defend your confidence in God when anyone asks you to explain it.”

 Here’s the starting place:

  1. Do you know why you believe what you believe?
  2. What is your belief based on?

In other words, what is your authority for what you believe?