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Spring Apologetics Study: Forensic Faith

Join me this spring (2019) as I study Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace. This will be the second apologetics study I’ve done that was created by J. Warner. This winter I led the Cold-Case Christianity study with a group of three men. It was a great study, and I’m sure this study will be just as helpful and insightful.

Each of us is called to make a case for the hope we have in Christ. (1 Peter 3:15)

God may not have gifted us all as evangelists or as preachers, but we have all been commanded to share the Gospel and Peter told us to be ready to make a defense to everyone who asks us about the hope we have.

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By J. Warner Wallace

In Forensic Faith, a veteran cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace helps you rethink and share your Christian beliefs. He teaches the principles investigators use to assist you in developing a clear, evidence-based faith. Learn why you have a duty to defend the truth and become a better communicator by learning the skills of professional case makers.

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Forensic Faith Participants Guide
By J. Warner Wallace

In Forensic Faith, a veteran cold-case detective J. Warner Wallace helps you rethink and share your Christian beliefs. This eight-week companion guide to the Forensic Faith book, video, and curriculum kit takes you through the investigative techniques he learned as a homicide detective.

Using engaging questions for reflection and discussion, you’ll explore what you believe, why you believe it, and why God calls you to communicate the Bible’s truths to others as a Christian case maker.

Always Being Ready To Make A Defense

This morning pastor spoke on 1 Peter 3:13-16. It is a reminder that persecution should be expected and not a surprise.

Freedom of religion is such a blessing in my country and we must continue to defend that freedom, and give a defense and reason for the hope we have in Christ Jesus.

How are you preparing? When the time comes the Holy Spirit will give you the words you need. But I contend that the fear of not being prepared stops so many people from even being on the field. Rid yourself of the excuses and prepare.

At the same time we must also continue in prayer for our brothers and sisters in countries that do not allow them to worship freely or openly. This is how we fight our battles, with prayer and fasting.

Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled , but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.
1 Peter 3:13‭-‬16 NASB

Cold-Case Christianity is one of my favorite Apologetics studies.

Were the gospel writers present during the time of Jesus?

In the book Cold-Case Christianity author J. Warner Wallace, a homicide detective, writes about the evidence we have that the Gospels were written very near the time of Christ. This gives us reason to believe that the Gospels really were written from eyewitness testimony of the life of Jesus.

  • The New Testament fails to describe the destruction of the temple (this occured in 70 AD)
  • The New Testament fails to describe the siege of Jerusalem
  • Luke said nothing about the deaths of Paul (AD 64 in Rome) and Peter (AD 65 in Rome) in the book of Acts. Even though they are prominent figures. Yet he did mention the death of Stephen and others.
  • Luke said nothing about the death of James the brother of Jesus in the book of Acts (AD 62 in Jerusalem).
  • Luke’s Gospel predates the book of Acts (See Acts 1:1-2)
  • Paul quoted Luke’s Gospel in his letter to Timothy written about AD 63. (See 1 Timothy 5:17-18 and Luke 10:7) So Luke Gospel was already commonly accepted by AD 63.
  • Paul echoed the claims of the Gospel writers in books/letters of Romans, Corinthians and Galatians. These letters were written between AD 48 and AD 60. And Paul quoted Luke in his letter to the Corinthian church nearly ten years earlier than in his letter to Timothy. (See 1 Corinthians 11:23-25 and Luke 22:19-20)
  • Luke Quoted Mark and Matthew repeatedly. So they must have been written earlier than Luke.
  • Mark’s Gospel appears to be an early “crime broadcast”. It’s brief, less ordered and filled with action verbs and adjectives written with a sense of urgency.
  • Mark appears to be protecting key players by not naming them. Though the later Gospels name them. Mark is possibly trying to protect these key players from the same people who crucified Jesus, because they were still alive when he wrote his Gospel. Unlike the Gospel of John which was written later and named most of these key players.

Watch J. Warner Wallace explain the timeline with the evidence of an early writing of the Gospels.