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The Unshakable Truth?: How You Can Experience the 12 Essentials of a Relevant Faith

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The name Josh McDowell promises real-life, on-the-street Christian apologetics. In his first Harvest House book, Josh joins his son Sean to draw on his life's work and comprehensively address a vital issue: why an entire generation of young Christians--and millions of older believers--is confused about what they believe, why they believe it, and how it's relevant.

The Unshakable Truth is uniquely positioned for younger Christians because it presents apologetics relationally, ...

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Overview

The name Josh McDowell promises real-life, on-the-street Christian apologetics. In his first Harvest House book, Josh joins his son Sean to draw on his life's work and comprehensively address a vital issue: why an entire generation of young Christians--and millions of older believers--is confused about what they believe, why they believe it, and how it's relevant.

The Unshakable Truth is uniquely positioned for younger Christians because it presents apologetics relationally, focusing on how Christianity's doctrines affect relationships. The authors...

  • ground every assertion in the overarching story of creation, incarnation, and re-creation.
  • distill 12 crucial "faith statements"--for example, "A personal Creator God exists."
  • explain why each statement is trustworthy, how it applies to real life, and--using examples, stories, and experiences--what its relevance is.

A spiritual gold mine for parents, youth workers, pastors--anyone wanting to reveal Christianity's relevance to today's life and culture.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Decades of Relativism's cultural erosion of Reason have put today's generation at risk of widespread confusion and deception. Josh and Sean McDowell effectively provide a grid of Truth--the only certain source of clarity for meaning and freedom for living. I commend them for this work and urge its reading by young-adult believers, their leaders, and all pastors."
--Jack W. Hayford, founder, The Church On The Way, chancellor, The King's College and Seminary

"We live in a world that thinks all truth is relative. In The Unshakable Truth, Josh and Sean McDowell point us back to the rock-solid, foundational truths of the faith. But even as they point us back, they also propel us forward into a deeper, richer relationship with God and equip us to live out the Cause that Christ has called us to--making disciples who make disciples. This valuable handbook not only provides an extensive exploration of the core truths of the faith, it also gives insightful, hands-on advice about how to relationally pass that truth on to the next generation."
--Greg Stier, president, Dare 2 Share Ministries

"In a world where Christians are struggling to experience the dynamic power of Christ in their personal lives, Josh and his son, Sean, have provided us with the essential truths that define the Christian faith. This resource is a must for every believer, regardless of age, who wants to find the abundant life in Christ that brings the fullness of joy to all of life.

"I already find myself going back to the 12 truths presented in this book to help me meet specific challenges I face as my faith is attacked by today's postmodern culture. Next to the Bible, The Unshakable Truth will become one of the most used books in my library."
--Glen Schultz, Christian educator, author of Kingdom Education

"Creation, redemption, and being restored to God is all about relationships. Josh and Sean have given us God's ultimate plan--a relational theology to believe and live out in relationship to him and one another."
--Gary Smalley, founder of the Smalley Relationship Center

"In typical McDowell fashion, The Unshakable Truth will fascinate and challenge you. It gives you the outline to understand God as the creator, God in the incarnation, and God as our re-creator. You will walk away with a biblical foundation on which to build your worldview.

"In four decades of teaching people how to study inductively, I've discovered that knowing truth--God's Word--for yourself makes you unshakable. Every minister, every pastor, should read this book. Then you should have your people read it as you model the truth in front of them. It's a privilege to endorse the work of this faithful father and son. Well done!"
--Kay Arthur, co-CEO, Precept Ministries International, and author

"The Unshakable Truth gives us a model of how to demonstrate the essentials of the faith to our young people."
--Paul Fleischmann, president, National Network of Youth Ministries

"Josh and Sean have nailed the priority of the church and provided pastors and church leaders with a biblical blueprint for ministry effectiveness and relevance."
--Dr. David Ferguson, executive director of the Great Commandment Network

"In many respects our young people have lacked a solid biblical catechism--teachings about God and his Word. And now Josh and Sean McDowell have delivered us such a catechism that can be taught and lived out in front of our kids. This is a much needed book."
--Ron Luce, president, Teen Mania

"Rarely can you find a masterful work that is both comprehensive and complete. This relevant resource will give you rock-solid answers to the real questions people are asking. Josh and Sean McDowell have made the most important truths of theology relevant, practical, and accessible for seekers and skeptics alike."
--June Hunt, founder, CEO, CSO (Chief Servant Officer), Hope for the Heart

"As the storm clouds of secularism threaten today's high school and college culture, there is a growing need for young believers to know what they believe and why they believe as they do. In The Unshakable Truth, the McDowells have addressed that need with clarity, completeness, and conviction.

"What is most impressive about this magnificent work is that it addresses crucial doctrinal and apologetic issues within a single volume. That alone is worth the price of the book."
--J.P. Moreland, distinguished professor of philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, and author of The God Question

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736928786
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 394,634
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Josh McDowell has been reaching the spiritually skeptical for more than five decades.
Since beginning ministry in 1961, Josh has spoken to more than 25 million people in 128 countries.
He is the author or coauthor of 148 books, with over 51 million copies distributed worldwide, including Straight Talk with Your Kids About Sex, Experience Your Bible,
Evidence for the Historical Jesus, More Than a Carpenter (over 15 million copies printed in 85 languages), and The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict,
recognized by World magazine as one of the twentieth century's top 40 books. Josh continues to travel throughout the United States and countries around the world, helping young people and adults strengthen their faith and understanding of Scripture. Josh will tell you that his family is his ministry.
He and his wife, Dottie, have been married for over 40 years and have four children and numerous grandchildren.

Sean McDowell is an educator and a popular speaker at schools, churches, and conferences nationwide. He is author of Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World, coauthor of 77 FAQs About God and the Bible, Experience Your Bible, and Understanding Intelligent Design, and general editor of Apologetics for a New Generation and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. He is currently pursuing a PhD in apologetics and worldview studies. Sean's website, www.seanmcdowell.org, offers his blog, many articles and videos, and much additional curriculum.

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Table of Contents

Part I The Twelve Unshakable Truths of Christianity

1 What We All Want out of Life 15

2 Twelve Truths That Define the Christian Faith 29

3 The Real Meaning of Truth 37

Part II The Unshakable Truth of God's Creation

Truth 1 God Exists

4 Who Is God? 51

5 Evidence for God's Existence 57

6 Discovering Your Identity 67

7 Living Out Your Relational Image of God 75

Truth 2 God's Word

8 Why God Gave Us His Words 85

9 Evidence That God's Word Is Reliable 93

10 The Protection and Provision of God's Word 105

11 Living Under God's Protection and Enjoying His Provisions 113

Truth 3 Original Sin

12 The First Broken Relationship 125

13 Evidence That Sin Has Consequences 133

14 Choosing Right from Wrong 139

15 Practical Examples of How to Make Right Choices 145

Part III The Unshakable Truth of God's Incarnation

Truth 4 God Became Human

16 We Rejected God—God Accepted Us 155

17 Evidence That God Became Human to Redeem Us 159

18 What God's Unconditional Acceptance Produces 171

19 How to Accept Others As God Accepts Us 177

Truth 5 Christ's Atonement for Sin

20 The High Price of Forgiveness 187

21 Evidence That Jesus Was God's Perfect Sacrifice 193

22 The True Meaning of Love 199

23 How to Love Others As God Loves Us 203

Truth 6 Justification Through Faith

24 What Makes Us Right Before God? 213

25 Evidence That Christ Has the Power to Save Us 217

26 The Joy of Salvation 223

27 Explaining How to Have a Relationship with God 231

Truth 7 Living The Transformed Life

28 Understanding Your Purpose 24l

29 Evidences of a Changed Life 245

30 Seeing Yourself As God Sees You 255

31 Living Out a Changed Life 263

Part IV The Unshakable Thuth of God's Re-Creation

Truth 8 Jesus' Bodily Resurrection

32 The Historical Necessity of Christ's Resurrection 277

33 Evidence That Jesus Literally Rose from the Dead 281

34 Overcoming the Fear of Death 297

35 Living Bodily on Earth with Our Hearts in Heaven 303

Truth 9 The Trinity

36 The Meaning of One God in Three Persons 313

37 Evidence That the Holy Spirit Exists 323

38 The Purpose of the Holy Spirit in Our Lives 327

39 How to Live in the Power of the Holy Spirit 335

Truth 10 God's Kingdom

40 Kingdoms at War 349

41 Evidence That God's Kingdom Has Positively Influenced the World 355

42 Determining Your Kingdom Worldview 361

43 How Your Worldview Defines Who You Are, Why You Are Here, and Where You Are Going 367

Truth 11 The Church

44 What Is the Church? 377

45 Evidence That Gods Authentic Church Is Alive and Well 383

46 The Priority of the Church 391

47 How the Church Meets Human and Spiritual Needs 397

Truth 12 The Return Of Christ

48 Our Restored Home: Heaven on Earth 407

49 Evidence for Life After Death 413

50 Experiencing Eternal Joy 421

51 Fulfilling Your Destiny 427

Family Or Small-Group Activities

Appendix A The Redemption Celebration 435

Appendix B The Revelation Celebration 455

Appendix C The Restoration Celebration 473

Notes 491

Index 501

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