Hope for Hard Times
Is Christianity Credible?
2 Peter 1:12-21
“The church is the pillar and foundation of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15)…on what basis?
Accused of being teachers of fiction…
1. How do you respond to the accusation that Jesus is just a collection of cleverly invented stories?
Apostolic Credibility (16-18) HISTORY
Eyewitnesses (saw)—the transfiguration and Jesus’ majesty (Matt. 17; Mk. 9; Lk. 9)
- “power and coming”
- “received honour and glory”
Ear-witnesses (heard)—THE Voice (Ps. 2:7; Is. 42:1; Matt. 17:5)
2. How do you respond to accusations that the Bible is a collection of writings invented and interpreted by people?
Prophets: God’s Secretaries (19-21) INSPIRATION
In the matter of interpretation—not one’s own
In the matter of origin—not in the will of man
In the matter of recording—not dictation, not vague concepts, “carried along”
The need for confidence in God’s truth as delivered is once again in crisis—are you settled on every word, God-breathed, without error? False teacher-proof you and your family! (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:20-21)