Are we mistaken about Jesus? Examining other Gospels outside of the NT

Have we been given the wrong picture of Jesus? Are the gospels found within the New Testament superior to others? Have some people years ago selected the accounts about Jesus that they wanted us to hear? Are there lost Christianities that would enrich our understanding about Jesus? In this webinar, we will consider these questions. We will read some sections from other gospels outside of the New Testament. A case will be made for the superiority of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

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Losing ‘ground’?


Harold Netland new-testament-matthew-chapter-5-papyrus-no-86-5c says that it should go without saying that the authority of the Bible must be recognized by Christians. He says that the church cannot exist and flourish without unreservedly embracing the Bible. But the central heritage of the church on this subject has come under increasing fire. It is not surprising therefore that Netland lists skepticism about the Bible as one of the contributing reasons for the rise of religious pluralism and the rejection of exclusivism.I take it that by the church Netland is thinking of something akin to the model seen (through the eyes of the New Testament) in the first century. By ‘Christians’, I take it that he does not mean all those purporting to be Christians—those of varying shades of persuasion but of those who believe that the Bible is actually God’s final word to man. Netland may be referring to the church that is yet to come [should it ‘come’ at all] as well as the church that we can refer to as the body or group of believers taking seriously the claims made in both the Old and New Testaments. [Evangelical] Christianity may have lost ground but all is not lost—even in an age of ‘post-modern-fog’—the ‘lost’ ground can be retaken—metaphorically speaking that is…

John Owen on the self-evidencing efficacy of the Bible

Tim Chester

Following on from my review of A Peculiar Glory by John Piper, here are some quotes from John Owen ‘the self-evidencing efficacy’ of the Bible

John Owen, The Divine Origins of the Scriptures (1659)

The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament do abundantly and uncontrollably manifest themselves to be the word of the living God, so that, merely on the account of their own proposal of themselves unto us in the name and majesty of God, as such – without the contribution of help or assistance from tradition, church, or any thing else – we are obliged, upon the penalty of eternal damnation, (as are all to whom by any means they come, or are brought,) to receive them, with that subjection of soul which is due to the word of God. The authority of God shining in them, they afford unto us all the divine evidence of themselves which God…

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What is beautiful about the gospel and how can we demonstrate it?

Glen Scrivener, evangelist, Speak Life, answers the question “What is beautiful about the gospel and how can we demonstrate it?” related to his talk “Truth and Beauty: How to Proclaim the Gospel Both Faithfully and Creatively” given at the 2015 European Leadership Forum.

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