Kevin Kringel - September 21, 2014

God is Real - Week 4

God is Real

God is Real: Encounters with God


Exodus 40:34-38

1 Corinthians 12:1-11

What do Encounters look like?
The Word
Prophetic ministry
Words of wisdom, Knowledge

1 Corinthians 14:22-25 (NLT)
22 So you see that speaking in tongues is a sign, not for believers, but for unbelievers. Prophecy, however, is for the benefit of believers, not unbelievers. 23 Even so, if unbelievers or people who don’t understand these things come into your church meeting and hear everyone speaking in an unknown language, they will think you are crazy. 24 But if all of you are prophesying, and unbelievers or people who don’t understand these things come into your meeting, they will be convicted of sin and judged by what you say. 25 As they listen, their secret thoughts will be exposed, and they will fall to their knees and worship God, declaring, “God is truly here among you.”

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Creation points to God
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“You are in good company believing God Created, You are not alone.”

Views: Creation or Evolution

Isaac Newton: Laws of motion (gravity)
James Clerk Maxwell: electricity & magnetism
William Thomas Kelvin: Absolute temperature

Blaise Pascal: Probabilities, mechanical calculator

Robert Boyle: absolute pressure, volume and gas
John Dalton: Atomic theory
William Ramsay: Nobel prize, discovery of Argon, Krypton, Neon and other gases

Carl Linnaeus: scientific naming and classifying organisms
Gregor Mendel: Father of Modern genetics
Louis Pasteur: micro biology, germs theory of disease, vaccines

Nicolas Steno: principles of fossils in strata layers
Louis Agazzi: Paleontology, zoology

Johann Kepler: paths of planets
Galileo: work on solar system, orbits
William Herschel: Stellar astronomy, mapped Milky Way

Scientific facts: observable, testable, repeatable….

Law of Biogenesis: “life only comes from life”

1st and 2nd Law of Thermodynamics (law of entropy)

Fossil Records

Irreducible complexities

Perfect balance needed for life to exist on earth

“The beauty of this world was for your eyes, the food, light, oxygen was for your sustainability.”

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“When people say the Bible has been changed there is no evidence of that.. it says the same thing today that was said thousands of years ago”

How did we get the Bible?
40 –authors
1600 years
3 – continents (Europe, Asia, Africa)
3- languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek)

Can it be trusted?

“Did God really say?”

“Canon of scripture”

Meaning: measuring rod, stick…

Septuagint (70)- Greek version of Old Testament


What about the New Testament?
Manuscript Evidence

Other corroborating (outside bible) writings regarding: Birth of Jesus, His ministry, His death, His resurrection…
Josephus AD 93
Babylonian Talmud AD 70-200
Pliny AD 100
Tacitus AD 115-117
Mara Bar Serapian AD 73
Suetonius AD 120

23 of 27 books in your New Testament were universally being accepted by 150 AD

One thing must be emphatically stated. The New Testament books did not become authoritative for the Church because they were formally included in a canonical list; on the contrary, the Church included them in her canon because she already regarded them as divinely inspired, recognizing their innate worth and generally apostolic authority, direct or indirect. The first ecclesiastical councils to classify the canonical books were both held in North Africa-at Hippo Regius in 393 and at Carthage in 397-but what these councils did was not to impose something new upon the Christian communities but to codify what was already the general practice of these communities (F. F. Bruce, The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?, Grand Rapids, Eerdmans, 1960, p. 27).

1. Apostolic author
2. Authentic
3. Ancient
4. Accepted
5. Accurate

Contradictions: – “Alleged Discrepancies of the Bible” by John W. Haley

“Am I being naive to put such confidence in the Bible?”
Other notable Bible believers:

Sir Isaac Newton: “We account the scriptures of God to be the most sublime philosophy. I find more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than any profane history whatsoever.”

Theodore Roosevelt: “No educated man can afford to be ignorant of the bible.”
“A thorough knowledge of the bible is worth more than a college education.”

Ulysses S Grant: “Hold fast to the Bible as the sheet anchor of your liberties; write its precepts upon your hearts, and practice them in your lives.”

Noah Webster: “The moral principles and precepts contained in the scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitution and laws. All miseries and evils which men suffer from –vice, crime, ambition, injustice oppression, slavery, and war-proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the bible.”

George Washington Carver
: “The secret of my success?  It is simple.  It is found in the BIBLE, 
”In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths”

Napoleon, (Emperor of the French (1804-1814), 1769-1821):
“The gospel is not a book; it is a living being, with an action, a power, which invades every thing that opposes its extension, behold! It is upon this table: This book, surpassing all others. I never omit to read it, and every day with some pleasure.”

President George Washington: “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible.”

Abraham Lincoln: “I believe the Bible is the best gift God has given to man.”

Science and the Bible:
1. The earth hangs on nothing and is a sphere (Job 26:7; Isaiah 40:22)
2. Expanding universe (Psalms 104:2)
3. Rotation of earth (Luke 17:33,34)
4. Cycle of air currents (Ecclesiastics 1:6)
5. Air has weight/mass (Job 28:25)
6. Connection of mind, soul, body and physical health (Proverbs 14:30, 15:30, 16:24, 17:22)
7. Sea currents Psalms 8:8
8. Entropy (Isaiah 51:6; Psalms 102:25,26)
9. Water Cycle (Ecclesiastics 1:7; 11:3, Amos 9:6)

“The Bible in your hands has survived the test of time, attack, scrutiny of the highest degree and it still stands ready to give you Life.”

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“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.” – C.S. Lewis

What can we learn about Jesus from extra biblical sources?
(Josephus, Talmud, Tacitus, Pliny the younger)
– He existed
– Jesus was a Jewish teacher
– Many people believed He performed healings and exorcisms
– Some people of the day believed He was the Messiah
– Rejected by Jewish leaders
– Crucified under Pontius Pilate in the reign of Tiberius
– Despite shameful death followers believe He is still alive

Jesus as God

1 Corinthians 15:3-8
2-5 years after crucifixion

Philippians 2:6-11 (62 A.D.)

Gospels written between 50 A.D.-70 A.D

The eye witnesses and the early church believed Jesus to be God…

Did Jesus believe Himself to be God?

John 3:16,17

Was Jesus Crazy?

48 prophecies
chances of one person randomly fulfilling 8 of these prophecies is 100 million billion.

48 prophecies: 1 in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion. (Peter Stoner)

Did Jesus really die?

Missing Body

Jesus seen alive

1 Corinthians 15:3-8
3 I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. 4 He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said. 5 He was seen by Peter[a] and then by the Twelve. 6 After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers[b] at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died. 7 Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him.

Acts 2:14-42

“People will die for their religious beliefs if they sincerely believe them to be true, but people wont die for their religious beliefs if they know they are false.”

Church history and Tradition says:
James: killed by Herod Agrippa w the sword
Peter: crucified
Andrew: (Peter’s brother) crucified
Thomas: Speared through, burned alive
Philip: Crucified
Matthew: Beheaded
Nathaniel: flayed with a whip and crucified
James the lesser: thrown off Temple, beaten
Simon: crucified, perhaps sawn in half
Thaddeus: beaten w sticks
Matthias: stoned, beheaded
John: boiled in oil, banished
Paul: beheaded
Mark: dragged by horses
Luke: hanged

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What do Encounters look like?
The Word
Prophetic ministry
Words of wisdom, Knowledge