Reasons We Believe

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  • Copyright: 2008-08-31
  • Publisher: Crossway Books
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This resource reinforces one's personal faith and provides a clear, concise, evangelistic tool to help share that faith with others.

Author Biography

NATHAN BUSENITZ serves as an associate pastor and assistant to John MacArthur at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. The author of numerous articles and books, Busenitz also teaches at The Master's Seminary, and is the managing editor of Pulpit magazine.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 13
Prefacep. 17
A Reasonable Faith
The Christian Faith Is Unseen, but It Is Not Blindp. 19
Introductionp. 21
Reasons We Believe in God
He Exists and We Can Know Himp. 31
Introductionp. 33
We Believe in God
Because He Has Revealed Himself to Usp. 35
Because the Existence of Our Universe Points to a Creatorp. 37
Because the Order and Design of Life Point to a Designerp. 42
Because the Continuation of the Universe Points to a Sustainerp. 49
Because the Human Sense of Morality Points to a Lawgiverp. 52
Because Eternity Is Written on the Hearts of Peoplep. 55
Because Life Without God Is Ultimately Meaninglessp. 57
Because the Flow of Human History Conforms to a Divine Planp. 61
Because Miraculous Events Confirm the Supernaturalp. 64
Because Other Belief Systems Are Inadequate Alternativesp. 67
Reasons We Believe in the Bible (Part 1)
The Bible Is the Word of Godp. 71
Introductionp. 73
We Believe the Bible Is the Word of God
Because the Holy Spirit Confirms It to Be the Word of Godp. 76
Because It Explains Life in a Way That Corresponds to Realityp. 79
Because It Has Been Tested and Found Trustworthyp. 82
Because It Has Been Validated by Hundreds of Fulfilled Propheciesp. 87
Because It Is Marked by a Clear and Consistent Messagep. 91
Because It Is Unsurpassed in Its Moral Ethic and Social Impactp. 94
Because It Possesses an Inexhaustible and Supernatural Richnessp. 98
Because It Changes the Lives of People through the Power of the Spiritp. 101
Because It Stands Alone among Books That Claim to Come from Godp. 104
Because Jesus Affirmed the Bible as the Word of Godp. 110
Reasons We Believe in the Bible (Part 2)
The New Testament Gospels Are Historically Reliablep. 113
Introductionp. 115
We Believe the New Testament Gospels Are Reliable
Because They Are Consistent with Previous Revelation from Godp. 119
Because They Were Written by Those Close to the Events of Jesus' Lifep. 122
Because They Were Intended to Be Historicalp. 126
Because They Contain Details That Can Be Tested and Verifiedp. 130
Because the Early Christian Community Would Have Demanded an Accurate Recordp. 134
Because Their Picture of Jesus Is Consistent within the Four Gospelsp. 137
Because Their Picture of Jesus Is Consistent with the Rest of the New Testamentp. 140
Because the Main Points of Jesus' Life Are Found in Non-biblical Sourcesp. 142
Because They Are Superior to Other Supposed Gospelsp. 146
Because They Have Been Faithfully Preserved Throughout Church Historyp. 149
Reasons We Believe in Jesus (Part 1)
He Is the Messiah, the Son of God, and the Savior of the Worldp. 153
Introductionp. 155
We Believe in Jesus Christ
Because We, as Christians, Have Come to Know Himp. 159
Because His Coming Met the Biblical Requirementsp. 161
Because the Old Testament Predicted the Nature of His Life and Deathp. 164
Because He Was Visibly Authenticated by God the Fatherp. 168
Because He Exhibited Divine Authorityp. 172
Because He Lived a Life of Sinless Perfectionp. 175
Because of the Testimony of His Friends and Followersp. 178
Because of the Testimony of Non-Christian Sourcesp. 181
Because of the Church He Promised to Buildp. 185
Because He Died and Rose Again According to the Scripturesp. 188
Reasons We Believe in Jesus (Part 2)
He Died and Rose Againp. 193
We Believe in the Resurrection
Because Jesus' Resurrection Is Implied in the Old Testamentp. 195
Because Jesus Predicted That He Would Rise Againp. 196
Because He Really Diedp. 197
Because His Tomb Was Emptyp. 199
Because He Appeared to Many after His Resurrectionp. 201
Because His Resurrection Radically Changed the Lives of His Followersp. 203
Because of the Testimony of Non-Followers (Including His Enemies)p. 205
Because Alternative Explanations Are Inadequatep. 207
Because the Existence of the Church Cannot Otherwise Be Explainedp. 209
Because Christians Encounter the Resurrected Christ When They Come to Faith in Himp. 211
Scripture Indexp. 213
General Indexp. 222
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