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Asking the Right Question
Questions Pave the Way For Answers
1 Peter 3:15-16

 Intro
They call this time the post-modern world – studies say that we are living a very diversified culture where there is little respect for the authority of the Scripture and in turn it makes it extremely difficult to share the salvation message.
One of the other characteristics of this culture is the boldness of individuals when comes to faith. Today people will boldly challenge and question our beliefs and the Scripture.  
Some of the questions are new and some are questions that have been asked of the Church since its beginning but the tone is a lot hotter.

What were culturally unacceptable 60 – 70 years ago has now become a norm:

 
For much of America’s history, the assumption was that if you were born in America, you would affiliate with the Christian faith. A 2009 nationwide survey by The Barna Group, however, indicates that people’s views have changed. The study discovered that half of all adults now contend that Christianity is just one of many options that Americans choose from and that a huge majority of adults pick and choose what they believe rather than adopt a church or denomination’s slate of beliefs.

 

 

The church is responsible for sharing the good news and it needs to share the salvation message in a way that is appealing and believable.   
People are not willing to accept what we say just because the Bible says so.
For many people believing in Jesus has little believability:
As committed disciples we need come up with creative, resourceful, and imaginative methods of sharing our faith. Why?  Because people matter to God – that is why Christ died and resurrected.  All of us are called to be evangelists / sharing our faith with others.

   Any evangelistic approach requires 3 skills:

 

The church has the responsibility to proclaim the gospel, feed the poor, build up families, encourage the downtrodden and in the 21st century it must also intentionally rebuild believability of the Gospel.

 

 

 

 

 

Example 1: “I think all religions are the same”

Michael:  “I think all religions are the same”

Pastor Jay: Really?  Do really think that Christianity is the same as the radical Muslim faith that we saw portrayed on 9/11. They were claiming that their religion was calling them to do that. Do you really think that there religion is the same as Christianity?

I think all people are basically good

Pastor Jay:  “I think all people are basically good”

Michael: Really?  “Does that include Coach Sandusky who abused little boys on Penn State’s Campus?  Or how about the bullies that beat up a kid in school?  Or how about Adolph Hitler or Osama bin Laden?  You think terrorist are good – like the faithful Muslim guys that took over the planes on 9/11?

Pastor Jay: “Okay not all people are good, but you know what I mean.”

Michael:  “No I don’t know what you mean.  If there are some people that are good and some people aren’t good; how do we figure out who is good and who isn’t? 
Pastor Jay:  Well we just know what is good and what isn’t.

Michael: How do you know?  I’ll tell you how I know it is through the Bible.  I would be glad to show you what I mean. Would you like to look at the Bible to see what God considers good in His eyes?

 

 

 

 

 

IV.  Our Question # 3: “Isn’t it possible?”  For those that are committed to not believing – the question that you may want to ask is “isn’t it possible?”

 

B.  Examples:

 

 

 

Deut. 29:29
The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever,
If We Want To See People Transformed By God’s Grace We Have To: