The Christian hope for the future does not lie in an otherworldly disembodied existence. Instead, the consistent testimony of the biblical authors is that they were looking forward to a thoroughly physical existence in resurrected bodies. Observe how the notion of resurrection is contrasted with the idea of being without a body by the apostle Paul, who likened the latter to being naked and unclothed:
Life after death, for much of the contemporary western world, can be summed up as either “going up” or “going down” when you die. If you find someone who cares enough to have put any thought into the subject, you’ll most likely find that their hope for the future lies ultimately in leaving this earth behind. Likewise, much of the cultural imagery portraying “paradise” gives off an ethereal otherworldly impression. This view of the “hereafter” has become entrenched in much of society, including a large part of Christendom. There’s just one problem. It isn’t a biblical picture of future hope. Continue reading Resurrecting Christian Hope, Part 1
A biblical understanding of the Christian faith goes deeper than just having intellectual knowledge about God. It is also about having a relationship with him. Scripture teaches in numerous places that the purpose of salvation is to give us fellowship with God. This mysterious reality is made imminent by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the life of every believer. Because of this internal reality, a Christian’s belief in God does not depend on external evidence. Continue reading How Do We Know God?
In the last post, I gave a brief introduction to the topic of apologetics and how it should be defined. This time, I want to explain why it is an important field to study. The reality is that many Christians don’t hold apologetics very high on their list of priorities. However, I hope to show that this apparent disinterest is ultimately shortsighted and dangerous. So, why should we devote time to apologetics? Let me sketch three reasons for you. Continue reading Why Study Apologetics?
Contrary to the way it may seem, the word apologetics does not refer to apologizing. The English word apologetics originally comes from the ancient Greek word apologia (ἀπολογία), which was often used to refer to a formal written or verbal defense, such as in a court of law. For instance, it is found in Acts 26:2 with reference to the apostle Paul’s defense while he was on trial. Similarly, Paul used it in Philippians 1:7 to describe his defense of the gospel. It is also found in 1 Peter 3:15 where Peter instructs his audience to be prepared to defend their faith. Continue reading What is Apologetics?
In this audio clip, Jonathan preaches a message from 1 John 1:1-2:2 as part of a sermon series titled “Marks of a True Church.”
Recorded at Lucy Baptist Church on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Audio hosted at lucybaptist.com