Sunday, September 12 – MindFreak (week 2)

Listen to the Talk:

Outline in Review

I. Proclamation: the Bible proclaims Jesus as God
1. OT prophecies
2. NT writers
3. Words of Jesus

II. Resurrection: it all hinges on this, but some will try to object
1. Objection 1 – Jesus wasn’t really dead
2. Objection 2 – Someone stole his body and said he was risen
3. Objection 3 – The resurrection sightings were mass hallucinations
None of these hold up to logical scrutiny

III. Transformation – only the true resurrection of Jesus explains the beginning of the Christian movement. In addition, Jesus continues to change people’s lives even today.

IV. Examination: you have three choices. Jesus was either…
1. a liar
2. a lunatic
3. the Lord

In his monumental work, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis wrote…

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.

Recommended Resource: More Than a Carpenter, by Josh McDowell

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