TiO 15 – {Un}Apologetic – Jesus

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The Main Idea

Many objections have been raised over the years to the existence and mission of Jesus. Is Jesus the same as Santa Claus or an Invisible Pink Unicorn? In this message, Todd examined the historicity of Jesus and the value of his mission.

Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)

Q1: Name three machines you use whose inner workings you are unfamiliar with. That is, if something went wrong you don’t think you could fix it.

Q2: If you have children, did you tell them about Santa Claus? When did you reveal to them that he did not exist?

Q3: Did you believe in the Tooth Fairy? When did you realize that she (he?) was not real? How important are these fictitious people in the lives of children?

The Word

Read the main passage aloud: 1 Corinthians 15:12-18

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

There is a philosophical idea called Pascal’s Wager. What it says is, “If you had to bet on God’s existence—you are wagering your eternal life—then you are best off betting that God exists because you have nothing to lose if he does not but everything to gain if he does.”

Q1: What does Paul say in 1 Corinthians 12-18 about the philosophy of Pascal’s Wager? Does Paul think that it is important that Jesus lived, died, and rose from the dead?

Q2: Where do we find our hope?

Prayer

Pray for faith in the evidence that Jesus is real. Also pray for grace for those we cross-paths with who are unsure of or antagonistic to the person and good news of Jesus.

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