GOSPEL TAKEAWAYS: 12 Most critical Christian apologetics we need to know and believe, if we are to call ourselves Christians
1. Who is Jesus?
- Jesus is a historical figure.
- He is God, born through a virgin birth and human in every sense.
- He gave His life to save sinners from the punishment of hell; His blood shed for the forgiveness of sins, once and for all time. ( 2 Cor. 5:21; Rom. 6:9-10; Heb. 9:22)
- Jesus resurrected to prove He has power over death. Those who believe will also resurrect to be with Him in heaven for all eternity.
2. Jesus is God
Some religions claim to be Christian but do not recognize the divinity of Jesus—that makes them a cult. “If Jesus Christ is not true God, how could he help us? If he is not a true man, how could he help us?” said Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
The phrase “Holy Trinity” is not mentioned in scriptures. However, several passages reflect God is ONE in “three persons.” Although Jesus is the Son, He is also God. Such is the mystery of the “Trinity of God.”
- God the Father
- God the Son
- God the Holy Spirit
→ Read more Bible verses about the deity of Jesus.
3. Jesus is the “Lamb of God”
- Propitiation is the act of appeasing or a deity or spirit. In the Old Testament, the lamb (or certain animals) is used as “propitiation” or “sin offering.”
- John the Baptist declared, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!”
- The only “lamb” that can remove our sins (not merely remove the guilt) is Jesus’ blood. Hence, He is called the “Lamb of God.”
- The blood of bulls, goats (or lamb animal) cannot remove sin. (Hebrews 10:4)
- Through Jesus, God passed over the sins previously committed. (Romans 3:25)
God presented his own begotten son as a “propitiation.” Jesus became the lamb sacrifice, the greatest demonstration of God’s love. (John 3:16)
4. Why should we share the Gospel?
- Man is appointed to die once. Afterwhich he faces judgment. If your name is not in the Book of Life, the lake of fire awaits (Heb. 9:27; Rev. 20:12).
- A new heaven and earth await God’s children. If you love others, you would want them to be in heaven.
- The world, as we know, is coming to an end. Love compels us to let others know they can be saved. (1 John 4:19).
- Jesus commanded us to spread the “Good News” of salvation (Matt. 28:19).
Sharing the Gospel is not converting someone to a religion: Jesus alone saves (Romans 3:23, Acts 4:12). Not by church membership, not by doing good works and boasting about it. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
5. The Gospel in a nutshell
“Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures. He was buried, raised on the third day, and he appeared to all the apostles.” (1 Corinthians 15:1-8)
6. ABC Gospel Presentation
The greatest problem of man is sin, and it leads to the second death. The solution to sin and death is Jesus’ blood and resurrection. Salvation is a FREE gift of God, not by boasting of good deeds. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
The greatest problem of man is sin, and it leads to the second death.
The first step is to humble yourself before a Holy and Just God. Admit that you are a sinner, and you NEED a savior.
- Romans 3:23 (All have sinned)
- Romans 5:8 (Christ died for us)
- Romans 6:23: (Sin is death, Christ is a gift of God)
Believe & Receive
Even the demons believe, but there is no offer of salvation to them. We believe to be saved. God gives us faith to believe. (John 3:16)
- Romans 8:1: (No condemnation with Christ)
- Acts 4:12 (Jesus alone saves)
- Ephesians 2:8-9 (We’re saved by faith in Jesus)
Like any gift, we must possess this gift. We cherish it by proclaiming Jesus is LORD and getting baptized in His name.
- Romans 10:9 (Declare Jesus is Lord!)
- Romans 10:13 (Call on Jesus)
Change of mind
Repentance is not just saying sorry. It is a change of mind and hatred for sin. Daily repentance leads to sanctification. We do our part in living a holy, pleasing, and prayerful life (Romans 12). Without work, faith is dead. (James 2:26)
The Gospel explained: Jesus sacrificed Himself, so our relationship with God restored. His resurrection assures us that we also shall resurrect and be forever united with our Father in heaven. We share this truth with others so they may believe in Jesus and be saved.
7. Five “unpopular truths” about a Christian life
7.a God is Good, Holy, and Just
“Sin and holiness” have no fellowship. If God is just, we deserve punishment for our sins. Before Christ, we love to sin, but as His follower, we present our body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing. (Romans 12:1)
7.b Christians seek sanctification
Although sin is forgiven, a person who deliberately sin (did not repent) will find it difficult to have fellowship with a Holy God.
Christians walk in the light, not in darkness (Hebrews 10:26). We become slaves to doing what is always right that leads to daily sanctification. (Romans 6:19).
“If we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
7.c Boasting about good works is nothing
Even if one can perfectly obey the commandments, all our righteous deeds are like filthy rags before a Holy God (Isaiah 64:6). We are saved by grace alone; it is a gift, not by our works, so that no one could boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
7.d We become God’s child because of Christ
If you are not in Christ, you are a child of the world whose ruler is Satan. He deceives people and seeks to destroy us. (1 John 5:19; Ephesians 2:2; John 12:31).
We become co-heirs of heaven with Christ. He clothes us with righteousness (white robes) before God, who receives us as His children. (Col 1:17; Rom 8:17; Rev. 19:8)
“But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, or the will of the flesh, or the will of man, but God.” (John 1:12-13)
7.e Repentance is important in coming to Christ
Jesus used the verb form of repentance, which refers to changing one’s mind about sin.
The thief on the cross asked Jesus to bring him to paradise. He believed in Jesus. However, even demons believe who Jesus is—but they cannot repent. These fallen angels separated from God forever with no savior. Their punishment awaits. (Matthew 8:29).
8. What is our assurance of salvation?
- Romans 8:1 (No condemnation with Christ)
- Romans 8:16 (Spirit testifies we are God’s children)
- 1 John 5:12-13 (We have eternal life through Jesus)
9. The process towards maturity
As evidence of our faith, we strive towards sanctification. It is our response to God’s Holiness. If we love Jesus, we will obey His commandments and so “Bear Fruit.”
Process of sanctification
We bear fruit
We disciple others
10. What happens when we become Christians?
- The Holy Spirit empowers us; there is an unexplainable joy.
- We make it a point to know more about Jesus.
- We have daily repentance that leads to daily sanctification.
- With a teachable heart, we seek God’s words every day.
- We begin to “bear fruit” and develop the “mind of Christ.
- We seek the joy of the LORD by being kind to others.
- Our heart’s desire is humility, integrity, and a thankful heart.
- We learn to walk by faith, not by sight; fame and success are insignificant.
- We seek to do good things because God’s love flows through us.
- If our faith is genuine, the evidence of a “changed life” must show.
- Sharing the Gospel becomes our lifestyle.
11. Why Christianity is the only faith that matters
- The Bible is the only book that tells who God is, creation, prophecies, and the salvation of humanity. The rest of the religions are about a Moralistic Deism.
- Compared to other manuscripts like Plato or Home’rs Iliad, the Bible has over 25,100 documents discovered with a 99.5% textually pure. Plato’s work only has seven surviving copies of his works, Homer’s Iliad, with 643 copies. [CARM]
- Next in popularity, Islam was established 600 years after Jesus. Devout Muslim Intellect Nabeel Qureshi investigated Christianity for 15-years. He left Islam for Jesus.
- In Christianity, we have the “Living God,” other religions have dead or imaginative gods.
- Only Jesus resurrected and demonstrated power over nature, demons, and life itself.
- Today, Jesus continues to reveal himself in places like China, Iran, and other persecuted countries through visions and dreams.
12. Daily disciplines of a Christian
- A follower of Jesus always starts the day reading the Bible.
- We make it a point to go to a quiet place and speak to God, our Father in heaven.
- We pray multiple times a day and mindful if we bear the fruits of the Spirit.
- We make it an effort to fast.
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