The following presentations and notes are suitable for giving messages in a church service. The slides are provided for the audience to follow along using the verses referenced on the slides while the message is given using the accompanying notes.
- The Good Samaritan: In Luke 10:25-37 Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan in response to a lawyer’s question on what he should do to inherit eternal life. The lawyer attempts to justify himself on being a good neighbor by asking Jesus who his neighbor is. Jesus gives the lawyer the example of the robbers, the religious, and the righteous. Jesus commands the lawyer to do as the good Samaritan who proved to be a neighbor. TheGoodSamaritan.ppt, [Notes].
- What Is God’s Will For My Life?: Sincere Christians would like to know what God’s will is for their lives, and how they can know it. His will for our lives is revealed to us in His Word through five basic principles. God’s will is that we be saved, spirit-filled, sanctified, submissive and suffering. If we are practicing all five basic principles, then we can do whatever we want. GodsWill.ppt, [Notes].
- What It Means To Be A Christian: Being a Christian is more than just believing. According to Eph. 2:8-9, we have been saved by grace through faith, not by our own good works. As Paul explains in Rom. 6:16, we are “slaves” to the one we belong and obey, to Christ our Lord and Savior. As a slave we are owned by our master, obedient to our master, dependent on our master, disciplined by our master, and rewarded by our master. BeAChristian.ppt, [Notes].
- In Defense Of Our Faith: In 1 Pet. 3:15 God commands us to be able to defend what we believe and give the reason for the hope we have with gentleness and respect. We must overcome the roadblocks to faith and be able to present the evidence for the truth of our faith. We have many examples of how Jesus and His Apostles defended the faith, as well as the examples of modern day apologists. Our faith is based on facts and can be defended with confidence. DefenseOfFaith.ppt, [Notes, Fillin.pdf, Fillout.pdf]. Note: The emphasis of the message can change with various titles:
- In Defense of Our Faith.
- How To Defend Our Faith.
- Can You Defend Your Faith?
- Leadership in Apologetics.
- Leadership in Defending Our Faith.
- Why The Bible is Unique: Religions are based on their holy book(s.) There are over 300 so-called holy books in the world. The Christian faith is based on the Bible. The Bible is authoritative in all matters that it addresses; it is infallible, inerrant, complete and final. The Bible claims to be God-breathed. 2 Tim. 3:16. Is the Bible just another religious book or is it the Word of God? It provides many sound evidences and convincing proofs that it is God’s Word in history, geography, prophecy, archaeology and science. The Bible matches reality; none of the so-called ‘holy’ books in the world comes any where close.
- The Character of Genuine Saving Faith: What constitutes genuine saving faith? How do we know we are saved? Jesus uses the parable of the sower to explain that genuine saving faith is more than just believing on Him. True believers accept Jesus as Savior and Lord, and they bear fruit. There are evidences that neither prove nor disprove one’s faith. There are also fruit/proofs of authentic Christian faith. The conduct of the gospel is a model for one’s genuine saving faith. SavingFaith.ppt, [Notes].
- A Believer’s Thankfulness: As believers we have much to be thankful for, including our saving faith. What is the basis of our faith and what we are thankful for? We can be thankful for the events of the past and for the eyewitnesses of those events as recorded in Scripture. We can be thankful for the present evidence of those events as confirmed by archaeology, history, geography, fulfilled prophecy, and even the accurate scientific statements in the Bible. We can be thankful for the effects of those events in the past, present and future. Faith and thankfulness go together. BelieverThankfulness.ppt, [Notes].
- Pain and Suffering: If God is loving and all powerful, why do we have so much pain, suffering and death? To the atheist death and time are required by evolution. The biblical view is that God created everything very good and gave man a free will. Man’s rebellion/sin resulted in suffering and death. Death is an enemy. Suffering results from direct human sin, deliberate acts of others, government social policies, and natural disasters or accidents. God has purposes in our suffering, but God is doing something about suffering and death. The cross gives us victory over sin and death and is the source of our hope for eternal life. PainSuffMessage.ppt, [Notes].
- The Evidence of Christ’s Resurrection: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation of The Faith. What evidence do we have for Christ’s Resurrection? There are facts to be considered from prophecies and other pertinent data. The credibility of historical records is based on the reliability of the Old and New Testament books. Other non-biblical records provide support for Christ’s Resurrection. We have evidence for His death and His burial. His Resurrection is confirmed by His appearances on more than twelve occasions to eyewitnesses – His disciples and foes alike. ResurrectionEvidence.ppt, [Notes].
- Legacy of the Apologetics Forum: A message given in Tillsonburg, Ontario Canada on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Footprints Museum on June 17, 2017. The Apologetics Forum was founded in Snohomish County in WA State in September 2013 to help equip believers in the defense of The Faith. The legacies of the Footprints Poem and the Apologetics Forum are intertwined in some very special ways. Notes for this message can be found in ApolLegacyNotes.pdf.