Reasons We Believe (Foreword by John MacArthur): 50 Lines of Evidence That Confirm the Christian Faith [NOOK Book]

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Reasons We Believe will reinforce your personal faith and will provide you with a clear, concise, evangelistic tool to help you share that faith with others.

In an age of cynics and skeptics, Christianity is constantly under attack. Believers need resources that defend the veracity of their faith. They are searching for clear, concise, and credible answers to both doubts of their own and objections from their unbelieving friends.

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Reasons We Believe (Foreword by John MacArthur): 50 Lines of Evidence That Confirm the Christian Faith

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Overview

Reasons We Believe will reinforce your personal faith and will provide you with a clear, concise, evangelistic tool to help you share that faith with others.

In an age of cynics and skeptics, Christianity is constantly under attack. Believers need resources that defend the veracity of their faith. They are searching for clear, concise, and credible answers to both doubts of their own and objections from their unbelieving friends.

Nathan Busenitz provides such resources to believers. Reasons We Believe confirms and strengthens the faith of believers by demonstrating the reliability of the twofold authority on which Christianity rests: the Word of God and the person of Jesus Christ. Reasons builds a biblical foundation for the authority of the Bible and then shows how extra-biblical evidence corresponds with and thereby attests to what the Bible claims.

This study seeks to reinforce the faith of Christians while also providing them with a straightforward evangelistic tool for reaching non-Christians.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433521669
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 7/22/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 707,435
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

NATHAN BUSENITZ serves as an associate pastor
and assistant to John MacArthur at Grace Community Church in Sun
Valley, California. The author of numerous articles and books,
Busenitz also teaches at The Master's Seminary, and is the managing
editor of Pulpit magazine.



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Table of Contents


Foreword   John MacArthur     13
Preface     17
A Reasonable Faith
The Christian Faith Is Unseen, but It Is Not Blind     19
Introduction     21
Reasons We Believe in God
He Exists and We Can Know Him     31
Introduction     33
We Believe in God
Because He Has Revealed Himself to Us     35
Because the Existence of Our Universe Points to a Creator     37
Because the Order and Design of Life Point to a Designer     42
Because the Continuation of the Universe Points to a Sustainer     49
Because the Human Sense of Morality Points to a Lawgiver     52
Because Eternity Is Written on the Hearts of People     55
Because Life Without God Is Ultimately Meaningless     57
Because the Flow of Human History Conforms to a Divine Plan     61
Because Miraculous Events Confirm the Supernatural     64
Because Other Belief Systems Are Inadequate Alternatives     67
Reasons We Believe in the Bible (Part 1)
The Bible Is the Word of God     71
Introduction     73
We Believe the Bible Is the Word of God
Because the Holy Spirit Confirms It to Be the Word of God     76
Because It Explains Life in a Way That Corresponds to Reality     79
Because It Has Been Tested and Found Trustworthy     82
Because It Has Been Validated by Hundreds of Fulfilled Prophecies     87
Because It Is Marked by a Clear and Consistent Message     91
Because It Is Unsurpassed in Its Moral Ethic and Social Impact     94
Because It Possesses an Inexhaustible and Supernatural Richness     98
Because It Changes the Lives of People through the Power of the Spirit     101
Because It Stands Alone among Books That Claim to Come from God     104
Because Jesus Affirmed the Bible as the Word of God     110
Reasons We Believe in the Bible (Part 2)
The New Testament Gospels Are Historically Reliable     113
Introduction     115
We Believe the New Testament Gospels Are Reliable
Because They Are Consistent with Previous Revelation from God     119
Because They Were Written by Those Close to the Events of Jesus' Life     122
Because They Were Intended to Be Historical     126
Because They Contain Details That Can Be Tested and Verified     130
Because the Early Christian Community Would Have Demanded an Accurate Record     134
Because Their Picture of Jesus Is Consistent within the Four Gospels     137
Because Their Picture of Jesus Is Consistent with the Rest of the New Testament      140
Because the Main Points of Jesus' Life Are Found in Non-biblical Sources     142
Because They Are Superior to Other Supposed Gospels     146
Because They Have Been Faithfully Preserved Throughout Church History     149
Reasons We Believe in Jesus (Part 1)
He Is the Messiah, the Son of God, and the Savior of the World     153
Introduction     155
We Believe in Jesus Christ
Because We, as Christians, Have Come to Know Him     159
Because His Coming Met the Biblical Requirements     161
Because the Old Testament Predicted the Nature of His Life and Death     164
Because He Was Visibly Authenticated by God the Father     168
Because He Exhibited Divine Authority     172
Because He Lived a Life of Sinless Perfection     175
Because of the Testimony of His Friends and Followers     178
Because of the Testimony of Non-Christian Sources     181
Because of the Church He Promised to Build     185
Because He Died and Rose Again According to the Scriptures     188
Reasons We Believe in Jesus (Part 2)
He Died and Rose Again     193
We Believe in the Resurrection
Because Jesus' Resurrection Is Implied in the Old Testament     195
Because Jesus Predicted That He Would Rise Again     196
Because He Really Died     197
Because His Tomb Was Empty     199
Because He Appeared to Many after His Resurrection     201
Because His Resurrection Radically Changed the Lives of His Followers     203
Because of the Testimony of Non-Followers (Including His Enemies)     205
Because Alternative Explanations Are Inadequate     207
Because the Existence of the Church Cannot Otherwise Be Explained     209
Because Christians Encounter the Resurrected Christ When They Come to Faith in Him     211
Scripture Index     213
General Index     222
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