By Don Gentry
This Sunday, we are starting a new series called Why I Can Trust the Bible. It is unfortunate that many people feel that they can’t adequately explain and express why they believe in Jesus and the Bible without feeling like they are inferior intellectuals.
Many non-believers feel that Christianity is some form of a religious or emotional crutch. Yet it is also amazing the number of Christians that cannot articulate a reason for their faith in Christ. This series is designed to help us as individuals have a solid, explainable approach to understanding our faith.
As a church, we also want you to be able to express your faith to everyone as we humbly point others to absolute hope. There is a passage of scripture that really helps to solidify the purpose behind this series. We are going to spend the next few weeks covering this incredibly important and interesting approach to faith.
“15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”, 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV2011)
Our church’s mission is to humbly point Everyone to absolute Hope. How do we share an “absolute truth” without aggressively debating, emotionally shaming, intellectually convincing, or personally guilting others into a belief? It is done by expressing a truth with gentleness and respect. This series is designed to help equip us to know how to do this better.
This week, we will be making our faith come alive as we look at how history supports trust and belief in the scriptures. I look forward to watching the truth of the word come alive to each of us over the next few weeks.