Why Trust Jesus?: An Honest Look at Doubts, Plans, Hurts, Desires, Gripes, Questions, and Pleasures [NOOK Book]

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The last decade has shaken our trust in personal safety through terrorist attacks, school shootings, economic turmoil, and war. Our trust has been shattered in other areas as we have seen hypocrisy in governmental leaders as well as in the church.

We are looking for relationships that are authentic and full of life,
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Overview


The last decade has shaken our trust in personal safety through terrorist attacks, school shootings, economic turmoil, and war. Our trust has been shattered in other areas as we have seen hypocrisy in governmental leaders as well as in the church.

We are looking for relationships that are authentic and full of life,
but we have many questions in regard to faith, reason, suffering and even the person of Jesus himself. Author and speaker Dave Sterrett helps us answer these and other questions:

-Why Should I Trust Jesus when So Many Other Spiritual Paths Exist?
The foundation of trusting in Jesus is that he is true. But if absolute truth does not exist, then to say that "Jesus is the Truth" is a meaningless statement. Many definitions of truth fail, but a good definition of truth is "that which corresponds to reality";
simply put, truth is "telling it like it is."

-Why Should I Trust Jesus When
All I Need to do is Trust Myself?
Human knowledge is real, but it has its limitations.
Jesus, however, is all-knowing. He knows everything about me. He knows everything about you. He knows what you are thinking. He knows what you are feeling. He understands you better than you understand yourself! This is one of the many good reasons for us to pray to the Father in the name of the Son.

-Why Should I Trust Jesus in the Midst of Suffering and Death?
The ultimate foundation of Christianity is a historical event: the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. A man who walked this earth in history claimed to be God, died on the cross, and bodily rose from the dead.

Many people in today's culture, both Christians and non-Christians,
have questions about why and how to trust Jesus. But there is hope! He is worthy of our trust.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781575674773
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/17/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 904,360
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


DAVE STERRETT is a conference speaker and writer for a movement called I am Second. Along with ministering in churches, high schools, and college campuses, Dave serves as an adjunct professor of New Testament, Philosophy and Apologetics at Liberty University. In addition to the three book series, Coffee
House Chronicles, Dave is the author of Why Trust Jesus? (Moody Publishers)
and co-author of the book, "O" God, A Dialogue on Truth and Oprah's Spirituality.
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Why Trust Jesus?

An honest look at doubts, plans, hurts, desires, fears, questions, and pleasures
By Dave Sterrett

Moody Publishers

Copyright © 2010 Dave Sterrett
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8024-8972-2


Chapter One

Why Should I Trust Jesus When There Are So Many Other Spiritual Paths?

"Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls." Jeremiah 6:16

Oak Hill Academy, set in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains on the southwestern border of Virginia, is nationally known for being a basketball powerhouse. It has won national championships and produced all-Americans such as Carmelo Anthony. At the age of eighteen, I headed there for my last year of high school with the sole intention of playing basketball with the best and the brightest young stars. My coach, Steve Smith, was a four-time USA Today High School Coach of the Year. My team and I traveled to Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Las Vegas, and competed in exciting matchups against some of the most talented teams across the country.

Little did I know that God was going to teach me greater lessons that year than those I learned on the basketball court (and on the bench, which I often kept warm!). While I had expected to battle rival teams on the basketball court, I had no idea that the biggest battle would be the one for my faith.

At this Christian boarding school, I was required to attend chapel during the week as well as church on Sunday morning. One day in chapel, the pastor prayed something like this: "Dear God, some of us call you Father or Jesus, some of us call you Allah, some of us call you other names, but we know that you are the same God of us all-a God of love." Throughout the year, the pastor continued to pray similar prayers.

Many people didn't think anything was wrong with praying such an "inclusive" prayer. In fact, I truly believe that my pastor had a genuine heart of love for the student body. He was attempting to welcome students with a diverse range of spiritual beliefs. Some of the students of other faiths included my Muslim friends from Egypt as well as my buddy from Senegal, with whom I normally ate lunch. But the implication of my pastor's prayers and teaching was an attack on the religious exclusivism to which I held (more on that below).

Even though I had some good friends at Oak Hill, I felt alone at times. My beliefs were not always popular on campus. Most of my peers and even some of my teachers considered me narrow-minded and judgmental for believing that Christianity is exclusively true. Although I lived far away from my family and church, I realized that my pastor's prayer was contrary to what the early historical church believed about Jesus Christ: "There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." I knew that Jesus Himself claimed religious exclusivity when He said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

What I experienced as an eighteen-year-old at Oak Hill Academy is not unusual for many young Christians. In fact, today, if you claim that your religion is exclusively true, you are often regarded as an intolerant, narrow-minded, bigoted extremist. And many people don't know how to respond when their claims about Christ are attacked. As a result, they're walking away from believing and trusting the historic Christ of the Bible.

When my pastor prayed, "Dear God, some of us call you Father or Jesus, some of us call you Allah," etc., I did not know exactly what to do, but I knew I had to do something. I knew that his prayer was contrary to the Bible, so I started praying that God would use me to change the situation. I wanted to be spiritually prepared; I was not going to be popular claiming that Jesus Christ was "the way, the truth and the life."

As I continued to pray, I felt compelled to ask the pastor if he would allow me to preach for him some Sunday morning in church. Before this, I didn't have a strong desire to speak or teach, but I became convinced that the student body needed to hear the truth and love of Jesus Christ. To my surprise the pastor said, "Yes!"

I felt convinced that if someone discovered a cure for cancer, he should share that information with others to help those who are dying from cancer. As human beings we have something worse than cancer, called sin. We have proven ourselves to be selfish, prideful, and sometimes hateful. But God gave us the cure for sin through the person of Jesus Christ. Because of God's extravagant love, I was convinced that the student body needed to hear the truth about His love and mercy. So I called my dad, who is a minister, and asked him if he could help me prepare the outline of a message. I started preparing.

One day, as I was praying, I felt led by the Lord to go to talk to a particular student named Chase. I didn't know why God wanted me to go to Chase's room, but I thought that maybe God would use me to tell him about Jesus. So I showed up at his dorm and introduced myself. Chase recognized who I was. I guess I stood out on campus because I am six feet seven inches tall. As Chase and I talked, I mentioned something about spirituality to see how he would react. To my surprise, Chase told me that he was a Christian. We were both excited, because we didn't know many students who would talk openly about being a Christian. I suggested to Chase that we have a Bible study, and he agreed. However, we both had a lot of homework so we decided to meet another time.

As I made my way back to my dorm, I was overcome with a sense of urgency to do something. I felt that God was leading me to go back to Chase's dorm immediately and have a Bible study. I had no idea how to lead a Bible study, so I grabbed my sermon notes that I was working on and took them back to Chase's room. I said, "Chase, I know this seems weird, but I believe that God wants us to have a Bible study right now, even though we both have a lot of homework. I don't know how to lead a Bible study, but I am actually working on my first sermon and am a little nervous about public speaking, so I thought I could practice it for you. You could critique me, and then we could pray."

Chase said, "Go ahead; let's do it."

I asked Chase's roommate, Ethan, to join us, and even though it was a little awkward, I started preaching to the two of them. I gave a simple sermon, similar to the style of Billy Graham, on John 3:16 (NKJV): "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life." At the end of my message, I practiced giving an invitation for anyone in the audience who wanted to accept Christ.

When I was finished, Ethan said, "That's really good. When you give that message at church, I am going to pray to receive Christ."

I looked at him, a little astonished, and said, "You can pray to trust Jesus as your Savior right now." I said a prayer out loud, and he repeated it as he prayed to trust Jesus.

As we finished praying, a couple of guys walked by the room. They seemed surprised to see me there. They asked what we were doing. I said, "Guys, we're having a Bible study. Come on in!" I gave the same message on John 3:16 to them, and when I was done, one of the guys said, "Dave, that makes sense. I need to believe in Jesus." Once again, I led this student in a simple prayer for him to trust in Christ. I told these guys to come back the next day and bring some friends. When I arrived the next day, there were several new people in the room, and as I practiced the same sermon, two more young men prayed to receive Christ.

I announced to the group that we needed to start a weekly Bible study and asked them to bring some more friends the next week. That night, I set an important goal for myself: to personally tell every single student on that campus about Christ. On one occasion, I was having a conversation with a friend of mine in the library who was an outspoken lesbian. I shared with her about the love of God through Christ. She started weeping when I started telling her how much God loved her. I was a little shocked at the sight of her tears, because I didn't think I said anything offensive. She shared with me how much she was hurting on the inside and that she became convicted of her sin and wanted to receive the love of Christ.

The group grew, and people started coining who I didn't expect. A couple of my Muslim friends showed up, one guy who claimed to be a Satanist dropped by, and others who were agnostics and atheists attended, too. We had a question-and-answer time after each session, and some people started to ask tough questions. They asked about the truth of the Bible, about other religions, about salvation by grace (as opposed to salvation by works), and about religious exclusivity. These were hard questions, and I didn't have all of the answers.

Weeks later, I preached at the church, and people responded very positively to the good news of salvation through Jesus. Even the pastor was encouraging of my message. Doors started opening for me to speak at other small churches in the area, and people also started asking more questions about Christianity.

Again, I didn't know all of the answers. Even though it was exciting at times to see people become interested in Jesus, it was not always easy. In fact, sometimes it got downright discouraging, because some of the people that prayed to "trust Jesus" ended up walking away from Christianity and some people stopped coming to Bible study.

As I struggled with these disappointments, I was challenged to continue trusting Jesus. I faced some issues in my life. I knew that I had a relationship with Christ that was true regardless of what I was feeling, but I also knew that I needed to continue in my pursuit of knowing Him more deeply. Even though I didn't discover every answer, I developed a conviction that truth was absolute, regardless of what I felt. My assurance of absolute truth remained firm, even if some of my friends would judge me for not being a relativist or pluralist.

That year, my basketball team ended up winning the championship ring. We were declared national champions by ESPN and USA Today. But my greatest victory that year was the opportunity to share the reasons for trusting Jesus with others and to grow in that trust myself. God taught me so much about trust in the process. Almost a decade later, I'm still searching for answers to some questions, but fortunately, I've also discovered some profound spiritual truths.

My life's message to all people (which grew out of the trials that catapulted me into a search for truth) is simply this: God loves you. He loves you so much that He sent His Son to die for your sins, and He has given you a heart and mind to passionately follow Him. It is possible to know truth.

Life isn't always easy, and sometimes circumstances don't work out the way you think they should, but even in the midst of some uncertainties, you can be sure of certain truths. You can trust Jesus. He will reveal himself to you when you seek Him with all of your heart, soul, and mind. You can have this certainty in Christ, because God has first given us a sureness founded on the basis of the knowledge of reality.

Faith under Fire?

Even though Christianity is spreading more rapidly worldwide than ever before, if a person living in the United States claims that Jesus Christ is exclusively the Truth, he or she will appear absurd to many, Born in India, Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias writes:

We are living in a time when sensitivities are at the surface, often vented with cutting words. Philosophically, you can believe anything, so long as you do not claim it to be true. Morally, you can practice anything, so long as you do not claim that it is a better way. Religiously, you can hold to anything, so long as you do not bring Jesus Christ into it.

Zacharias continues, "If a spiritual idea is eastern, it is granted critical immunity; if western, it is thoroughly criticized. Thus, a journalist can walk into a church and mock its carryings on, but he or she dare not do the same if the ceremony is from the eastern fold. Such is the mood of the twentieth century." In today's atmosphere of intolerance toward Christianity, followers of Christ must have the foundation of knowing the historical Jesus (who, by the way, was not Western, but Eastern). If we are ridiculed or even hated for our faith, we must have a base of knowledge that's unshakable. We will speak of the true Jesus in the chapters to come, but it is important that we have a foundational understanding that reality is indeed knowable. If truth is knowable, then our trust in truth has greater conviction.

Exclusivism isn't a popular word today. In our society, we face opposition when we claim that our religion of Christianity is absolutely true. Religious exclusivism teaches that one religion is exclusively true, as opposed to religious pluralism, which teaches that multiple religions, often contradicting religions, are equally true.

The Oprah Winfrey Show presents a good example of religious pluralism expressed today through popular media. Often on this show, a guest will talk about his or her experiences with spirituality or morality. Sometimes Oprah will ask the audience for their opinions about the topic. On one occasion, when a member of the audience responded by referencing a biblical example, Oprah respectfully said, "One of the mistakes that human beings make is believing that there is only one way to live, and we don't accept that there are diverse ways of being in the world." She added, "There are many paths to what you call God. Her path may be something else, and when she gets there she may call it the Light." When another audience member disagreed with Oprah and said that Jesus was the only way, Oprah responded by saying, "There can't possibly be one way. I can't get into a religious argument with you right now."

Religious pluralism claims to be open-minded, but is it really? When we stop and think about the claims of religious pluralism, we discover that this worldview doesn't accept any faith expression that is not pluralistic. Even though pluralism is touted at many universities as "open-mindedness," it's actually just another form of religious exclusivity. Why? Because it excludes anybody who doesn't believe it. Therefore, religious pluralism excludes the beliefs of hundreds of millions of Christians who claim that Jesus Christ is the only way for salvation.

Interestingly, it's not just Christianity that claims to be exclusively true. Muhammed, the founder of Islam, claimed Islam to be the true religion, and the teachers of Hinduism say it is the true religion. Then some Hindus decided to reject certain teachings of Hinduism, so they split off and started a new religion called Buddhism. Buddhism today includes hundreds of sects, each of which has its own set of spiritual beliefs. Religious pluralism rejects any of these religions that claim that their way is the one way that is true and correct. When you think about how many billions of people in the world follow these religions, you realize that most people are not true religious pluralists.

In addition to the fact that many are attacking our beliefs in the historical Christ and His claim to be the giver of salvation, many Americans are apathetic about or ignorant of spiritual things. Many of the people who are interested in spirituality are simply longing for a quick fix or an emotional experience. I heard a story in which someone was asked, "What is the greatest problem in our culture: ignorance or apathy?" To this, the person responded by saying, "I don't know, and I don't care!"

Consider the words of pop singer Britney Spears: "I think I'm more grounded, you know, and I know what I want out of life and I'm, you know, my morals are really, you know, strong, and I have major beliefs about certain things, and I think that has helped me." Her words echo the thoughts of many celebrities in our culture whose actions tell us that, "I really don't care about the most important things in life."

Many people continue to look to celebrities and Hollywood for guidance. J. P. Moreland, who holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Southern California, summed up the recent spiritual thought of many in Western culture:

Spirituality is in, but no one knows which form to embrace. indeed, the very idea that one form may be better than another seems arrogant and intolerant. A flat stomach is of greater value than a mature character. The makeup man is more important than the speech writer. People listen, or pretend to listen, to what actors-actors-have to say! Western Civ had to go and, along with it, the possibility of getting a robust university education. Why? Because political correct ness so rules our universities that they are now places of secular indoctrination, and one is hard-pressed to find serious classroom interaction from various perspectives on the crucial issues of our day.

(Continues...)



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All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents


Foreword by Dr. Norman L. Geisler
Introduction: The Need for Transparent
Trust
1. Why Should I Trust Jesus When There Are So Many Other Spiritual Paths?

2. Why Should I Trust Jesus When I'm Not Sure That a Supernatural God Is Real?
3.
Why Should I Trust Jesus When I Have Been Let Down So Many Times?
4.
Why Should I Trust Jesus When Life Seems to Be Going Just Fine without Him?
5.
Why Should I Trust Jesus When All I Need to Do Is Trust Myself?
6. Why Should
I Trust Jesus When There Is So Much Disagreement about the Identity of the "Real
Jesus"?
7. Why Should I Trust Jesus More Than Any Other Spiritual Leader?
8.
Why Should I Trust Jesus in the Midst of Suffering and Death?
9. Why Should I
Trust Jesus When I Have Failed So Many Times?
Afterword: Why I Trust
Jesus by Josh McDowell
Acknowledgments
Notes

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    A Must Read!!

    Having no prior familiarity with Dave Sterrett or his work, I wasn't sure what to expect from the book Why Trust Jesus. I just finished reading the book and am very pleased to report that I have become a huge fan of Sterrett and his book. Sterrett examines several key questions that one may have regarding the trustworthiness of Jesus. He does so by using a balance of personal illustrations, information gathered from from well known apologists, and scripture. The chapters are easy to understand and have a very nice flow to them. Sterrett doesn't overwhelm the reader with too much information nor does he leave them wanting for more. If you are already a believer, your faith in Jesus will grow leaps and bounds. If you are a seeker, you will come away with sufficient answers and evidence that Jesus is who says He is and that He indeed can be trusted. I highly recommend this book and will even be asking that our church consider making it available in our bookstore!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

    Recommended

    This book tackles the question from many angles -- in good times, in bad times, when considering history or science. It does a good job in answering the question in an accessible way. A useful help for students of apologetics.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    It's all good is a bad idea.

    My dad died in front of me. So having the weakened, ill-defined Jesus and God that the media promotes doesn't work for me. Dave Sterrett destroys all the false reporting and ideas that get in the way of our knowing who Jesus was and is and why we should follow him as Christians. Through documented accounts of the words and deeds of Jesus from the Bible and other sources, Dave guides us to rediscover or strengthen our faith and how we should behave during our time on earth.

    Reading this book was like being in a happy Sunday school class-led by a Minister you look up to or somehow see as a big brother or father. I trust Jesus. And I trust Dave Sterrett for guidance...in this book and out there in the world.

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    Honest Answers to Difficult Questions

    This concise book was written to examine and answer many of the most common questions, doubts and fears expressed by both Christians and non-believers. The author Dave maintains a great balance in his sources, using logic to reason from Scripture, history, philosophy, science, and personal experience to provide clear and relevant answers for these questions. It is also evangelical and even devotional at times. Although the book is built around these common questions, the scope is actually much further reaching. In examining these uncertainties and doubts, Dave blends an assortment of classic apologetic arguments, sample conversations, and personal antidotes that make for a very engaging reading experience, and will equip the reader to be able to apply these principles to these and other questions that sometimes occur in a wide variety of situations. We recommend this book for all levels of readers, both believers and non-believers. I believe the primary benefactors will be the doubters who are honestly searching for the truth about Christianity, and the newer Christians who would need answers to the difficult questions in order to strengthen their faith and be equipped to discuss these issues with others. The book also makes a great review and reference for experienced apologists, and the short concise chapters and the very economical price make it ideal for Bible study classes.

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

    Church Meets World: A Christian Odyssey

    When you've been steeped in philosophical atheism for as long as I have, you tend to have a sneering told-you-so attitude toward most of what organized Christianity does and says, especially when so much of what you've long suspected about the consequences of Christian anti-intellectualism and spiritual laziness has come true with a vengeance. And yet there is one sense in which life within Christian circles differs little from that among atheists. The beliefs and their objects differ radically, but the problems, principles, and struggles remain analogously the same.

    In Why Trust Jesus? Dave Sterrett, a pastor-communicator deeply entrenched in apologetics, chronicles a poignant personal journey through a universal struggle within Christianity, a struggle for its very life. Addressing real-world questions about God and Christ, belief and doubt, feelings and intellect, life and culture, tragedy and hope, Sterrett honestly confronts an epic battle of the mind writ large across the Christian world, but hashed out as it's lived through the rough-and-tumble world of opposing world views amidst the inner conflicts of our personal lives.

    The message for the reader is clear: you're not alone, the problems are universal, your doubts must be faced, the issues are resolvable, here's how it's actually done, and Jesus is still the ultimate answer.

    As a unique approach to apologetics advocacy, this work should be used as an introduction for ministers and individual Christians who are new to or unacquainted with apologetics, as well as a companion volume for introductory apologetics courses at high school, university, and seminary levels.

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

    I didn't trust Jesus... but I do now!

    Not everyone can easily 'believe without seeing'. Not everyone hears John 3:16 and instantaneously kneels. Some people, as I once was, are extremely skeptical, overly-analytical and so broken-hearted that they don't want to take the chance of trusting just to be let down- yet again. I believe sharing the Gospel of Jesus and quoting the scriptures and sharing our personal testimonies are the foundation of witnessing- but we have to be willing to go a little deeper if we are asked to do so.

    The questions Sterrett tackles in his book are questions I often found myself asking when I was wrestling with God and the acceptance of His Son, Jesus Christ. My story- long story short- was that growing up, I felt lonely and began filling the hole in my heart with everything that could only make it bigger: sex, drugs, alcohol, etc, etc. I'd often ask myself things like, "Does God really exist, and if so, where is He?" and "OK, I admit Jesus must have lived, but was He REALLY raised from the dead? Was He REALLY the Son of God?" And my favorite: "If God does exist, and if Jesus IS the Son of God- why do I have to accept Him in order to receive salvation? Isn't it mean of God to say that my good friend Sharad Jha (who is Hindu) and my other friend Kabeer (who is Muslim) are going to hell because they don't believe in Jesus? Why on earth would I want to accept the son of a god who is just that mean?" The reason that particular question is my favorite is because, spoken like a true politician, I was diverting the attention from myself and my faults and my wrongs that severely needed correction and atonement, and was shifting the attention elsewhere. I believe there is a multitude of people out there just like that. I can relate.

    I had to bow my head in prayer and say this: "God- ok, if you're real, if this is all true about you and Jesus, make this skeptic's heart a believer's heart. Because I don't understand this. I don't know how to begin to understand this. So, if you're real- show me. If this can be understood, teach me. Take my skeptical heart and make it yours." I said this little prayer, in a little church, on Easter Sunday of 2007. I was tired of wrestling. I had worn myself out. I had defeated myself at my own game. And when it came down to it, true humility was the key. I could just feel God saying, "Jessica- this isn't about Sharad Jha, or Kabeer. This is about YOU. And we have to get you right first before you can even possibly worry about them." And as the weeks went by, I was shocked to find that somehow, in a truly supernatural and very loving way, God began to open my understanding to His scriptures. Jesus really began to take life in my heart and simply put: I began to understand. For the first time in my life, I really began to see.

    I truly hope that all believers and non-believers out there will read Dave Sterrett's book, 'Why Trust Jesus?'. I hope the believer's will readily incorporate some of the knowledge in this book into their witnessing if led by the Holy Spirit to do so. I hope that the non-believers will read this book and when they stumble upon something they don't understand, and will yield to the tiniest bit of humility, and to ask God to teach them to understand what it is that they do not.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Highly Recommended - This is a MUST read!

    When I received the book 'Why Trust Jesus?', I immediately jumped into the words that Dave Sterrett offered as he took an honest look at doubts, plans, hurts, desires, fears, questions, and pleasures. Dave Sterrett answers these tough questions with compelling evidence from Scripture and philosophy. He passionately tackles some of the toughest spiritual questions being asked by our generation. 'Why Trust Jesus?' is a MUST read!

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Highly recommended

    I am glad I read this book. Dave gives many thought-provoking responses to many difficult questions about life and faith. He presents a case for accepting Jesus as absolute truth, not just one of many ways to Heaven. If you have questions, read this book, it will really make you think!

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

    Very accessible introduction to apologetics

    This book is a short (176 pages), popular level text that's truly accessible. This speaks to the real question behind objections to Christianity: Why should I trust Jesus?

    The author has a relational writing style. He answers objections and explains reasons to believe like he's having coffee with you. He guides you through theistic arguments, the problem of evil, the evidence for the resurrection and more.

    If you're a Christian, this book will help you be a better ambassador of Jesus. It's also something for a curious non-Christian who's not looking for a sophisticated philosophical work on religious epistemology.

    The author takes scholarly material he learned from some of the best in the field and makes it accessible. You'll find personal stories and quotes from scholars like C.S. Lewis and pop culture icons like Bono make things memorable.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    A Much Needed Book in Evangelism

    If you have a heart for evangelism, then this book will make a good addition to your library. Dave does a fantastic job of weaving his personal experience and with his educational knowledge as he tackles many of the tougher questions that come up in evangelistic conversations and situations. In handling those questions Dave provides clear and well thought out answers designed to get at the heart of the issue, but in a way that exemplifies respect and gentleness with those asking the questions. Each chapter of this book deals with a different question or objections/excuses on why a particular individual might disregard or downplay following Jesus; just take a look at the Table of Contents:

    Introduction: The Need for Transparent Trust
    Chapter 1: Why Should I Trust Jesus When There Are So Many Other Spiritual Paths?
    Chapter 2: Why Should I Trust Jesus When I'm Not Sure That a Supernatural God Is Real?
    Chapter 3: Why Should I Trust Jesus When I Have Been Let Down So Many Times?
    Chapter 4: Why Should I Trust Jesus When Life Seems to Be Going Just Fine without Him?
    Chapter 5: Why Should I Trust Jesus When All I Need to Do Is Trust Myself?
    Chapter 6: Why Should I Trust Jesus When There Is So Much Disagreement about the Identity of the "Real Jesus"?
    Chapter 7: Why Should I Trust Jesus More Than Any Other Spiritual Leader?
    Chapter 8: Why Should I Trust Jesus in the Midst of Suffering and Death?
    Chapter 9: Why Should I Trust Jesus When I Have Failed So Many Times?

    If you struggle with how to answer these questions when other people ask, of if you struggle with them in your own life, then I highly recommend picking up "Why Trust Jesus?" by Dave Sterrett. It is a short book (164 pages), but an easy read and very practical; you won't be disappointed.

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  • Posted May 2, 2011

    Must read!!

    Why Trust Jesus by Dave Sterrett reveals truths about the charcter and nature of Jesus Christ. The book is divided into a series of chapters which focus on the very character of Christ- sharing personal struggles, disappointments and solid Biblical truths and evidence as to the resurrection and life of Christ. Both spiritual seekers and Christ followers can benefit from the arguments presented which defend the trustworthyness of Jesus.

    In my own walk with the Lord, I strive to love the Lord with all of my heart and soul, but often neglect to love Him with all of my mind as well. I have read the Bible and strive to live according to the teachings of Jesus, but do not have answers to many questions that arise. By using scripture, literary evidence and historical documents, Sterrett provides tools to the reader that aid in understanding His faithfulness. For example, one can read the Bible and share his or her faith upon personal testominies and experiences. However, Sterrett takes it one step further... explaining the faults of pantheism, problems associated with the Gnostic gospels and reliable historical facts regarding the resurrection and divine nature of Christ. Throughout the book, the character of God is revealed to be soverign and in control... no matter what circumstance may arise.

    Why Trust Jesus acknowledges and proves the truthworthy being of Christ. My favorite aspect of the book is how Sterrett incorporates both personal stories, as well as historical truths. The genuine and bold faith of the author is expressed through his writings. I am thankful for the truths revealed and explained in Why Trust Jesus.

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  • Posted May 19, 2010

    Honest answers using logic

    Dave Sterrett's book, "Why Trust Jesus?" is an incredibly valuable book for Christians and non-Christians alike.

    For Christians, "Why Trust Jesus?" forces you to think through answers to tough questions you may have been too afraid to ask. Sterrett punctuates well the idea that it is okay to question what one has been taught; in fact, asking "Why?" is healthy and transforms ideas into well rooted faith.

    For non-Christians whom are not currently seeking, "Why Trust Jesus?" gives valuable insight into the "why" behind Christianity. This will help the non-Christian to better understand the belief system held by much of the free world.

    For non-Christians whom are seeking, "Why Trust Jesus?" is an excellent resource because Sterrett provides answers to questions beyond the standard, "just have faith". He [Sterrett] dives into difficult questions with authenticity and shows the reader why Jesus is trustworthy despite any and all negative circumstances this world may bring to a person's life.

    "Why Trust Jesus?" begins with anecdotes that are easy with which to relate. Sterrett smoothly transitions into his explanations using logic. One can appreciate that Sterrett does not rely solely on the Scriptures for his reasoning. This is especially pertinent to those that do not believe in the validity or relevance of the Holy Bible to their lives.

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  • Posted March 29, 2010

    Questions Answered!

    I was thoroughly pleased with Dave Sterrett's newest book. He wrote it in such a way that he was able to answer a slew of questions I have always had as well as provide me with factual, logical, and some circumstantial evidence to show rational reasoning as to why believing in Christ just plain makes sense. I believe I will be most definitely be reading this book again and marking up the pages as I will likely have conversations in the future that pertain to the topics in this book. I especially enjoyed the philosophical discussions that used pure logic to argue. It speaks directly to the black and white personality that I possess. I recommend this read! And you can't beat the price!

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