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I Can’t Answer That! (1 Peter 3:15)

Dennis Kreiss, November 18, 2017
Part of the Overcoming Your Fears - Sharing Your Faith series, preached for Growing Together Radio

Have you ever attempted to answer any of the following questions…? How do you know God exists? How do you know the Bible is from God? Is Jesus God? With so many religions how do you know Christianity is the right way? How could a good God allow evil to exist. If Christianity is supposed to change people, why are there so many Hypocrites in church? Do any of these questions raise your anxiety level? Let’s answer a few of them:
One important verse of Scripture: 1 Peter 3:15
1. If you have a _______________ heart God will provide answers
2. If you get _________________ you will be able to give an answer
3. If you have a respectful _______________ you will be a good witness
One important footnote
Our fears of tough questions may be over rated
Millions have trusted Christ without bringing up one difficult question
The Four P’s…
1. P_______. Our first response should always be a quick, silent prayer.
God can change their heart
God can provide you an answer in an instant
2. P_________________. You may not want to answer right away
Sometimes it’s best to lay some groundwork first
“That’s a good question... but first may I share why I believe?
3. P______________ answer. Sometimes a ready answer is the best
Rephrase the question to make sure you understand it
Sometimes just rephrasing answers the question.
4. P_______________ to research and return.
You are not expected have all the answers
Now you get another opportunity to talk about spiritual things
Write it down and return with the answer
How do you know the Bible is from God?
The P______________ method: Prophecy fulfilled is strong evidence
The S_________ method: the Bible does not contain pre-scientific errors
Job 26:7 God “hangs the world on nothing.”
Genesis 9:4 “The Life of the flesh is in the blood.”
Jeremiah 33:22, “The stars are without number.”
Isaiah 40:22 God sits above “the circle of the earth.”
The unity test: 1500 years - forty writers - one unified Bible.
How do you know Christianity is the right way?
The uniqueness of the B________: If the Bible is from God, it’s settled.
The uniqueness of _________ Christ: If Jesus is God…it’s the only way
The uniqueness of Grace: It’s God reaching down to man
How could a good God allow evil to exist
If God were to judge sin right now, he’d have to judge ______ sin too!
God’s plan can use even evil to save us the evil in the life to come
God created us with the gift of ___________; we choose poorly
God’s word can satisfy the skeptic’s intellect and shows that Christianity is real. It is more than reasonable ideas and ideals. It is a way of life for real people in the real mess of this world.


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