Defending Your Faith
If you’re going to defend your faith, you’ll need to know what you believe and why you believe it. This weekend, Saddleback welcomes one of the greatest minds in Christian apologetics, Greg Koukl. As a radio talk show host, author, speaker, and the founder of the apologetics organization “Stand To Reason,” Greg is an authority in helping Christians understand and articulate their beliefs. Hear his message about how the truth in Scripture has a modern-day application to your life.
Sermon 1: The Columbo Tactic
Expert on defending your faith, Greg Koukl, talks about an unexpected approach to sharing what you believe. You’ll learn how to modify your goal for conversations to communicate more effectively with others. No matter how little you may know about Christianity, or how aggressive, articulate, or intelligent the other person may be, Greg gives you a game plan that will allow you to converse with confidence in any situation. By using his “Columbo tactic,” you’ll discover how asking carefully select
Sermon 2: Ambassadors For Christ: The Essential Skills
Apologetics expert, Greg Koukl, shares why the style of evangelism from the past is not appropriate for today’s culture. In this message, you’ll learn how, as a Christian, you are an ambassador. For some people, you may be the only living Bible they will ever read — and they will draw conclusions about your faith based on your behavior. Greg teaches three key traits of good ambassadors and gives concrete examples of how to begin incorporating them into your life. These will help you to assess yo
Sermon 3: Contend Earnestly for the Faith
Today, Christianity is facing challenges on two broad fronts: trouble in the world and trouble in the church. Apologetics authority, Greg Koukl, unpacks issues in both of these areas and discusses how modern-day culture has created confusion that is attacking the foundations of the Christian faith. You’ll discover the simple, two-part solution to these challenges that anyone, regardless of their level of biblical knowledge, can easily apply to their life.
Sermon 4: Facing Your Friends Without Fear
How do you engage with others about God without fear? Apologetics expert, Greg Koukl, says in the past 10 years, there has been a shift in our culture that has made it more difficult for believers to be courageous in sharing their faith. He discusses three specific things you need if you’re going to be faithful in today’s environment. You’ll learn practical tactics, maneuvers, and arguments that will help give you the confidence to face cultural challenges and stand firm in biblical truth.
Discussion Questions can be downloaded for Sermon 3.
Starting Point: The Series
An 8 week series on assisting you grow deeper with God and your walk in Christ.
This series has video for each week of approx 40 min in length accompanied by a set of discussion questions to help you work your way through conversations.
Bec’s comments: Andy Stanley communicates so effectively the good news about Jesus and this series solidifies one’s faith no matter how long you have known Jesus. Wether your group is made up of non Christians, baby Christians or mature followers of Christ, I’m positive that it will answer many questions of the heart regarding our relationship with God. In fact, some of group went home and watched it a second time with their teenage children and husbands. Here are just three topics from the 8 messages that are covered.
The three largest faith traditions—Judaism, Islam, and Christianity—claim the same starting point: a man named Abraham. All three agree that sin made a mess of the world and God started his clean up operation with Abraham. God made a series of promises and Abraham’s response to those promises didn’t just have implications for his personal starting point or the starting points of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. It had implications foryour starting point as well.
Practically speaking, rules are often the centrepiece of religious life. Many people think the Ten Commandments are rules that make a relationship with God possible. If you follow the rules, God will be happy. If you don’t, he won’t. But what if a relationship with God doesn’t depend on our obedience? When it comes to your relationship with God, what is the role of rules?
Guilt is powerful. Shame can be crippling. We all have things in our pasts that haunt us. We have sin. It only takes a word, a picture, or a name to bring it all back. We know we can do better from this point forward, but how are we supposed to fix the past? We can say we’re sorry. We can ask for forgiveness. But some of the things we’ve done hang over our lives like a cloud. What can wash away our sins?
Just Walk Across The Room
Believers universally affirm that evangelism is a vital part of what God calls them to do, but very few make a practice of doing it. They feel awkward and ill-equipped, either because they've never been trained, or because their lack of interaction with non- Christians prevents them from using and developing the skills they do have. Bill Hybels addresses these concerns and signals the next era in personal evangelism with Just Walk Across the Room. Drawing on fresh perspectives from the author's
What if you knew that by simply crossing the room and saying hello to someone, you could change that person’s forever? Just a few steps to make an eternal difference. It has nothing to do with methods and everything to do with taking a genuine interest in another human being. All you need is a heart that’s in tune with the Holy Spirit and a willingness to venture out of your “Circle of Comfort” and into another person’s life. Just Walk Across the Room brings personal evangelism into the twenty-first century. Building on the solid foundation laid in Becoming a Contagious Christian, Bill Hybels shows how you can participate in the model first set by Jesus, who stepped down from heaven 2,000 years ago to bring hope and redemption to broken people living in a fallen world. Now it’s your turn. Your journey may not be as dramatic, but it can have a life-changing impact for someone standing a few steps away from you---and for you as well, as you learn the power of extending care, compassion, and inclusiveness under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The highest value in personal evangelism is cooperating with the Spirit, says Hybels. This means playing only the role you’re meant to play---walking when the Spirit says to walk, talking when he says to talk, and falling silent when he suggests that you’ve said enough. Hybels encourages you to “live in 3D” … Developing friendships Discovering stories Discerning appropriate next steps … as a means of learning to understand the Holy Spirit’s promptings. With fresh perspectives from his own reflections and experiences collected during his most recent decade of ministry, Bill Hybels shows with convincing and inspiring clarity the power of this personal, richly relational approach to evangelism. The stakes are high. The implications are eternal. And you may be only a conversation away from having an eternal impact on someone’s life---if you will just walk across the room
This resource is available in book form, ebook and DVD. Order with for free postage or online through Koorong books. At time of publication the paper book was $18, ebook $12 & DV $40