North West Sydney Bible Discovery Fellowship

Announcing the commencement of a new Fellowship in the Hawkesbury region.

NWS Bible Discovery Fellowship is Gospel focussed.

NWS Bible Discovery Fellowship is Bible-based.

NWS Bible Discovery Fellowship recognises the importance of authentic love realised through godly relational fellowship together.

NWS Bible Discovery Fellowship is about a relationship with Christ.

NWS Bible Discovery Fellowship is meaningful.

Join us … ring Pastor Steve on 0402 286 476.

Meeting Tuesday Nights 7:00 pm -8:00pm at the Riverstone Uniting Church Hall


John 6:41-69 Why I Believe in Jesus Christ

John 6:66-69 Why I Believe in Jesus Christ

65 He said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless it is granted to him by the Father.”
66 From that moment many of His disciples turned back and no longer accompanied Him.
67 Therefore Jesus said to the Twelve, “You don’t want to go away too, do you?”
68 Simon Peter answered, “Lord, who will we go to? You have the words of eternal life.
69 We have come to believe and know that You are the Holy One of God!”

I Peter chapter three and verse fifteen. It says this, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you. Be able to do it with meekness and fear.” If someone were to ask you why are you a Christian, could you give a good answer. Why are you excited about the Lord Jesus? or Why you believe you believe in Jesus? I want to talk to you tonight on this subject Why I believe in Jesus Christ. Why I am a Christian. Now are Christians fools for believing in Jesus? Are we mere sentimentalists or do we have reasonable reasons for believing in the Lord Jesus Christ? Now may I tell you that everybody is a believer. People just believe different things. Some for example believe in atheism. They are believers; they just believe there is no God. Now if you do not if you don’t believe in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, then you must believe in the beginning the heavens and the earth made themselves and then they created man. Now if you won’t to believe that as far as I’m concerned you’ve got rooms to rent upstairs unfurnished but you can believe that if you want. May I tell you this don’t get the idea that atheism is the sign of intelligence. It is not a sign of intelligence. Socrates believed in God. Lord Bacon believed in God. Galileo believed in God. Sir Isaac Newton believed in God. Pasteur believed in God. Albert Einstein believed in God. The space scientist Vernor Von Bron believed in God. I mean it’s not a sign of intelligence that you don’t believe in God. Well, you say I believe in God but I am more of a philosopher. I wouldn’t say that I’m a Christian. Well, dear friend, if your a philosopher and you don’t believe in the Lord Jesus do you think that philosophy has the answer to life? Scopenhour was a great philosopher and he said that life is a curse of endless cravings and endless unhappiness. I’m glad that’s not my philosophy. Huxley said as he looked around at human beings he was a great philosopher, but he said it seems that we talking of human beings, we are a cancer on the globe. That’s you, that’s me. Bertram Russell, oh they study him in college, but he said of philosophy, “Philosophy proved a wash out to me.” I like what Dr. Robert G. Lee said about philosophy. He said it was a chunk of cloud bank buttered with the night wind. Dear friend, is that what you’re going to turn to. Oh, well you say, I I’m not necessarily a philosopher or an atheist. I am ugh very religious.

Jesus had just fed the 5,000 with a few fishes and loaves. Many followed Jesus because of the miracles He performed.  But as Jesus preached to them a challenging message, the multitudes began to leave Him.

If you turn from Jesus, where will you go?

Will you turn to atheism?

The intelligentsia of the ages have believed in God.

Socrates         Galileo         Newton        Pasteur      Einstein     Wernher von Braun


There are five  reasons why I believe in Jesus Christ.


Christianity is Cohesive

Christianity is Cogent

Christianity is Comprehensive

Christianity is Corresponding to reality

Experiential reasons

Rational reasons

Phenomenological reasons




Jesus is a fact of history.

John 6:38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me.









John 6:44-45  No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day.
45 It is written in the Prophets: And they will all be taught by God.Everyone who has listened to and learned from the Father comes to Me—

The Bible is the Word of God.

How do we know the Bible is true?

Fulfilled prophecy

The unity of the Bible

The longevity of the Bible

The accuracy of the Bible

The power of the Bible  (John 6:63) The Spirit is the One who gives life. The flesh doesn’t help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.

Jesus is the central theme of the Bible.

His miraculous birth and life

His sacrificial death  Acts 10:43  All the prophets testify about Him that through His name everyone who believes in Him will receive forgiveness of sins.”

John 6:45  It is written in the Prophets: And they will all be taught by God. Everyone who has listened to and learned from the Father comes to Me—


John 6:63  The Spirit is the One who gives life. The flesh doesn’t help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.

If you sincerely seek the truth, God the Holy Spirit will speak to you and confirm that Jesus is the Christ.

He witnesses to you.

He witnesses in you.

1 John 5:6-10  Jesus Christ—He is the One who came by water and blood; not by water only, but by water and by blood. And the Spirit is the One who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
7 For there are three that testify:
8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and these three are in agreement.
9 If we accept the testimony of men, God’s testimony is greater, because it is God’s testimony that He has given about His Son.
10 (The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself. The one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has given about His Son.)


The Lord Jesus Christ is Cohesive 

He is Cogent,

He is Comprehensive

He is Corresponds to reality

John 6:68-69  Simon Peter answered, “Lord, who will we go to? You have the words of eternal life.
69 We have come to believe and know that You are the Holy One of God!”




But go, tell His disciples and Peter,

But go, tell His disciples and Peter,

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so they could go and anoint Him. 2 Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they went to the tomb at sunrise. 3 They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone from the entrance to the tomb for us?” 4 Looking up, they observed that the stone—which was very large—had been rolled away. 5 When they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; they were amazed and alarmed. 6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he told them. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has been resurrected! He is not here! See the place where they put Him. 7 But go, tell His disciples and Peter, 7 But go, tell His disciples and Peter, Did you ever consider why the angel, sent by the risen Lord Jesus, reminds the ladies at the empty tomb to “7.. tell His disciples and Peter”

 Why Peter? Peter got into trouble with his words. We all do too. A little girl wanted to say grace at the meal table in front of a family invited to lunch. There was silence.. and then nothing… “Just say what mummy says honey” “Lord why did I ever invite these people here for lunch today?” Jesus and His disciples had just finished the Last Supper in the Upper Room. They sang a hymn and then went out to the Mount of Olives. There, Jesus told His disciples that they were fast approaching the “showdown” and in that crunch moment they would all fall away. They would all deny Him, they would all forsake Him. But boldly, Peter said to Jesus, “Not me Lord. All the rest of them may fall away but not me. You can count on me. I would never fail you. I would never deny you. I will go with You to prison and even to death. The others may become weak in the crisis, but not me. I will stand tall. That, You can count on.” And Jesus said, “Simon, Simon, I know you mean well, but the truth is that this very night before the cock crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And of course, Jesus was right. That is precisely what happened… and Peter was emotionally and spiritually devastated by his failure to live up to his bold words. How could he face Christ again after falling on his face so completely? How could Peter be redeemed from this tragic failure?


Peter… never forgotten by the Lord.. never left to His stupidity. But go, tell His disciples and Peter, He is Risen, the risen living Lord brings followership.


Peter… never forsaken by the Lord… loved when we need it most. But go, tell His disciples and Peter, He is Risen, the risen living Lord brings fellowship. 1John 1:1 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have observed,and have touched with our hands, concerning the Word of life— 2 that life was revealed, and we have seen it and we testify and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us— 3 what we have seen and heard we also declare to you, so that you may have fellowship along with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 We are writing these thingsso that our joy may be complete.


. Peter.. forgiven .. the Lord says.. “He’s with me!” But go, tell His disciples and Peter, He is Risen, the risen living Lord brings forgiveness. 1John 1:5 Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. 6 If we say, “We have fellowship with Him,” and • walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say, “We have not sinned,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. Why do you get a receipt from a shop? 2 reasons.. 1. so you can take the product back when it doesn’t work. 2. As a proof of purchase. The resurrection is the proof of purchase. The Son’s death at the cross has purchased your pardon. The resurrection is the Father’s receipt that the sacrifice is accepted. Do you want to feel the forgiveness of your sins afresh? confess them to the Lord. The risen Lord is ready to hear your prayers. and He applies your forgiveness that He purchased for you at the cross.


Peter.. Jesus asks the question, “Are you with Me?” But go, tell His disciples and Peter, go to Galilee! He is Risen, the risen living Lord brings a new sense of call for your life. He wants you to follow Him again. Note this in the meeting with the resurrected Lord with Peter at the sea of Galilee. John 21:12 Jesus *said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples ventured to question Him, “Who are You?” knowing that it was the Lord. 13 Jesus *came and *took the bread and *gave it to them, and the fish likewise. 14 This is now the third time that Jesus was manifested to the disciples, after He was raised from the dead. The Love Motivation 15 So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus *said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He *said to him, “Tend My lambs.” 16 He *said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He *said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” 17 He *said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus *said to him, “Tend My sheep. 18 “Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to gird yourself and walk wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will gird you, and bring you where you do not wish to go.” 19 Now this He said, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He *said to him, “Follow Me!” 20 Peter, turning around, *saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; the one who also had leaned back on His bosom at the supper and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” 21 So Peter seeing him *said to Jesus, “Lord, and what about this man?” 22 Jesus *said to him, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!” But go, tell His disciples and Peter, He is Risen, the risen living Lord brings followership.


A dear Lady was dieing. She had walked with the Lord for many many years.SHe asked me..”But Did He die for me?” I reminded her how the Lord had touched her heart many times in her life to remind her that her sins were pardoned at the cross when the Lord Jesus died. The Risen Lord comes to people personally. He speaks to your heart that your sins are forgiven. Even yours! Even Peters. Even ours. She said to me.. “Yes I see it now. He died for my sins and He is risen and thats all that counts.” Do you know He died and is risen.. Has He spoken peace to your heart? He can. Right now..Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved! Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Will you do that right now?

John 3:16 The Love of God

Merv was a man who brought his Christian faith everywhere. It was real. It is real. He gently and graciously would commend God’s love to others who need comfort and encouragement and hope.

Merv trusted and in God’s love and this gave him Hope.

Hope is the ability to see something positive and good beyond the current crisis and the pain.

An airplane pilot made this announcement. “We have lost our compass, our radio and our GPS tracking system. Unfortunately we don’t know where we are, and we don’t know which way we are going. The good news is we have an excellent tail wind and we are making excellent time.”

Merv knew where he was going and who was going with him.

Hope strengthened Merv through trials and difficulties. This Hope is anchored in God’s love for him in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The most famous Bible verse of all is John 3:16.

16 “For God so loved the world,9 that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

God’s Love is Contrasted

-with a sinful world

-with a world of sinful men.

It isn’t so much a world in numbers that is being got at here when Jesus said that God so loved the world. He wasn’t thinking just in the terms of the old song, “he’s got the whole world in His hands.” He was expressing the contrast between what god looks like and what the world is like.

Its more like old spiritual song from the George Clooney film “O brother where art thou?”

I am a man of constant sorrow I’ve seen trouble all my days

For six long years I’ve been in trouble No pleasures here on earth I found

For in this world I’m bound to ramble I have no friends to help me now

As Job’s friend said; Man is born for trouble as the sparks fly upwards.

Trouble comes because of the sinfulness of humanity. We live in a fallen world, where sin runs amok, sometimes in the most devastating of ways.

Famous French author, Lavredan, who had long professed to be an atheist, when confronted by the horrors of World War I during which he witnessed the insane destruction in his own country, made this gripping confession:

“I laughed at faith and thought myself wise. Finally this laughter became hollow and vain for I saw France bleeding and mourning. What would become of France if her children did not believe, if her women did not pray? “Oh, a people whose fields are covered with the dead! How difficult it is to remain an atheist on this national cemetery! I cannot! I cannot! I have deceived myself and you who have read my book. It was a delusion, a giddiness, an evil dream. I see death and call for life. Hands equipped with weapons make death; folded hands bring life. France, turn back to faith! To forsake God means to be lost!”

God’s Love is Clear

God didn’t want us to be lost.

16 “For God so loved the world,9 that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

He sent His Son.

His Son Died for Us

Inscribed upon the cross we see In shining letters, God is love;

He bears our sins upon the tree; He brings us mercy from above.

The cross! it takes our guilt away; It holds the fainting spirit up;
It cheers with hope the gloomy day, And sweetens every bitter cup.

It makes the coward spirit brave, And nerves the feeble arm for fight;
It takes the terror from the grave, And gilds the bed of death with light.

The balm of life, the cure of woe, The measure and the pledge of love,
The sinner’s refuge here below, The angels’ theme in Heav’n above.

God’s Love is Caring

16 “For God so loved the world,9 that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

It is the individual that he loves. It isn’t much good if it doesn’t reach right down to you and me. But God’s love does. It reaches to you and I as individuals right where you are today.

God’s Love is Conquering

16 “For God so loved the world,9 that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

It conquered Merv’s Life

There came a day when Merv recognised what the Lord Jesus Christ had done for him. He decided to stop fighting against God and just accept the grace and mercy that God freely offered him in the Lord Jesus Christ.

And Merve believed in Him.

Merv trusted that what Jesus had done was good for Merv too.

There needs to come that day for each one of us. The day where we say as Merv said to me, “I believed in Him. I believed in Jesus dying for my sin on the cross and rising again for me.”

And this conquered Merv’s heart. You see, we love God because He first loved us. And God’s love softended and melted Merv’s heart, as it must melt your heart and my heart. Merv loved God, because God first loved Merv. You will love God when you see that God has first loved you.

It can conquer your life.

This was the source of Merv’s faith and his hope.

Not that Merv loved God, but that God loved Merv.

Do you know that love that God has for you? Have you received it yet?

Its good for eternity, but its only good if you receive it.

I want a religion that can comfort even in death, that can unite me with my loved ones.  Knowing and receiving God’s love in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ can do just that! Why don’t you receive Him today?

A Priceless Christmas Why do we give the gifts we give?


Isn’t the history of this season laced with unbelief and idolatry?

Certainly, the Romans decorated their temples and their pagan altars with greenery and candles.

December 25th was the celebration of one of their chief gods.

Go back into the days of the Roman Empire and you’ll discover pagan priests using mistletoe in their pagan ceremonies; arranging holly and ivy for decor in their pagan temples.

By the 5th century, all of these trappings had become a part of the church’s celebration of Christmas.

The Puritans tried to stamp out any observance of Christmas. They passed a law in England in 1644 that made Christmas Day an official working day. In fact, for a while in England, it was literally illegal to cook special desserts like plum pudding and mince pie on December 25th – which only made people to bake all their pies on Christmas Eve.

Even Great Britain’s Parliament met for years on December 25th to show their disdain for Christmas Day celebrations.

One way to handle all these old pagan things is to give it redemptive, gospel meaning. Like Martin Luther the reformer who many believe was the first to come up with the idea of taking lighted globes and attaching them to his Christmas tree . . . signifying the birth of the Light of the World. He took something pagan and gave it redemptive purpose.

In my study I found it interesting to read one article that traces the hottest selling toys for kids over the past few decades and how those gifts have changed – not only in price, but in complexity.

For instance, in 1967 the top selling Christmas gift was the board game Battleship. Fifty years later – in 2007, it was the Ipod touch.In 1990 the biggest seller was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. If you don’t know who they are, I don’t have time to explain.

In 1995 it was the Beeny Baby craze. In 1980 it was Rubik’s Cube.

Go back even further and the most popular Christmas gift for kids in 1965 was An Easy Bake Oven.

Four years later, in 1969 it was your own personal chemistry set

Buying gifts for men is not nearly as complicated as it is for women. Follow these rules and you should have no problems.

      Rule #1:       When in doubt – buy him a cordless drill. It does not matter if he already has one. I have a friend who owns 17 and he has yet to complain. As a man, you can never have too many cordless drills. No one knows why.

      Rule #2:       If you cannot afford a cordless drill, buy him anything with the word ratchet or socket in it. Men love saying those two words. "Hey George, can I borrow your ratchet?" "OK. By-the-way, are you through with my 3/8-inch socket yet?" Again, no one knows why.

      Rule #3:       If you are really, really broke, buy him anything for his car, a 99 cent ice scraper, a small bottle of deicer or something to hang from his rear view mirror. Men love gifts for their cars. No one knows why.

      Rule #4:       Never buy men bathrobes. Once I was told that if God had wanted men to wear bathrobes, he wouldn’t have invented Jockey shorts.

      Rule #5:       You can buy men new remote controls to replace the ones they have worn out. If you have a lot of money buy your man a big-screen TV with the little picture in the corner. Watch him go wild as he flips, and flips, and flips.

      Rule #6:       Do not buy any man industrial-sized canisters of after-shave or deodorant. I’m told they do not stink – they are earthy.

      Rule #7:       Buy men label makers. Almost as good as cordless drills. Within a couple of weeks there will be labels absolutely everywhere. "Socks. Shorts. Cups. saucers. Door. Lock. Sink." You get the idea. No one knows why.

      Rule #8:       Never buy a man anything that says "some assembly required" on the box. It will ruin his Special Day and he will always have parts left over. No one knows why.

      Rule #9:       Good places to shop for men include …. It doesn’t matter if he doesn’t know what it is. ("From Super cheap Auto, eh? Must be something I need. Hey! Isn’t this a starter for a ’68 Ford Fairlane? Wow! thanks.")

      Rule #10:       Men enjoy danger. That’s why they never cook – but they will barbecue. (No one knows why) Get him a monster barbecue with a 100-pound propane tank. Tell him the gas line leaks. "Oh the thrill! The challenge! Who wants a hamburger?"

      Rule #11:       Tickets to a Cowboys game are a smart gift. However, he will not appreciate tickets to "A Retrospective of 19th Century Quilts." Everyone knows why.

      Rule #12:       Men love chain saws. Never, ever, buy a man you love a chain saw. If you don’t know why – please refer to Rule #7 and what happens when he gets a label maker.
      Rule #13:       It’s hard to beat a really good wheelbarrow or an aluminum extension ladder. Never buy a real man a stepladder. It must be an extension ladder. No one knows why.

      Rule #14:       Rope. Men love rope. It takes us back to our cowboy origins, or at least The Boy Scouts. Nothing says love like a hundred feet of 3/8" manila rope. No one knows why.

1. Some gifts meet a basic NEED.

2. Some gifts thrill their HEART.

3. Some gifts quiet the CONFLICT.

4. Some gifts make you a HERO.

5. Some gifts IMPRESS their friends.

6. Some gifts change their LIVES.


For many hundred years had the Jews been waiting for the Messiah’s advent: and at that precise time, when Jesus came, were they “expecting him, as the consolation of Israel,” and “looking for redemption in Jerusalem.” And no sooner was he born into the world, than an angel appeared to certain shepherds, to announce his advent; saying, “Behold, we bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people: for unto you is born, this day, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord [Note: Luk 2:10-11.].” As for the joy which these tidings excited, we may judge of it, not only from the exultation of the shepherds, but from the expressions of that aged saint, who, on taking the infant Saviour in his arms, exclaimed, “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, for mine eyes have seen thy salvation [Note: Luk 2:25-30.]!”


We live in the in-between time, between Christ’s first and second coming.

Isaiah 25:9 On that day it will be said, “Look, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He has saved us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him. Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”

He said Luke 2;10,11, Luke 2:28-32

Joy is to be the mark of the Christian today!


In the 1800’s the French novelist Victor Hugo (1802-1885) who is best known for writing Les Miserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame made this statement about the future: “In the twentieth

century war will be dead. The scaffold [hanging] will be dead. Hatred will be dead. Frontier boundaries

will be dead. Dogmas will be dead. But man will live. He will possess something higher than all these: a

great country, the whole earth, a great hope, the whole heaven.” [Quoted in Ray Stedman, God’s Final Word, page 337] If Mr. Hugo was alive today, he would be quite disappointed. War is very much alive, the scaffold may be rare, but it has been replaced by the electric chair, the gas chamber and lethal injections. Things are actually quite worse than they were in the 1800’s. Like Victor Hugo, mankind has always looked for a sort of utopia here on earth, but the more we have tried, it seems that life here on planet earth just keeps getting worse. According to Scripture, there is coming a time when things will drastically change. Even though we think of Joy to the World as being a Christmas song, it actually looks forward to this time in the future when everything wrong is made right here on earth. This song written by Isaac Watts in 1719 talks about Jesus coming to earth as King. It speaks of all creation rejoicing in His coming to rule and reign on the earth. It speaks of an earth with the curse of sin lifted. It speaks of Christ ruling the world with truth and grace and ruling the nations on earth. Listen to a few of the verses with that in mind:

Joy to the earth! The Savior reigns; Let men their songs employ;

While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground; He comes to make His blessings flow

Far as the curse is found, Far as the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace, And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness, And wonders of His love, And wonders of His love.

What the song writer was writing about, what even nature looks forward to is the return of Christ to lift

the curse of sin and establish His millennial kingdom here on earth

Old Testaments prophets (especially Isaiah) describe this time as a time when the curse on the earth is lifted, the Messiah will rule with a rod of iron (no rebellion prohibited), and there will be peace on earth. Isaiah described it in Isaiah 11:6-9 (NKJV) 6 "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 7 The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8 The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”

Isaiah 2:4 (NKJV) “He shall judge between the nations, and rebuke many people; they shall beat their

swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”

Isaiah 25: 6 The Lord of •Hosts will prepare a feast for all the peoples on this mountain— a feast of aged wine, choice meat, finely aged wine.
7 On this mountain ⌊He⌋ will destroy the ⌊burial⌋ shroud, the shroud over all the peoples, the sheet covering all the nations;
8 He will destroy death forever. The Lord God will wipe away the tears from every face and remove His people’s disgrace from the whole earth, for the Lord has spoken.
9 On that day it will be said, “Look, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He has saved us. This is the Lord; we have waited for Him. Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”
10 For the Lord’s power will rest on this mountain.

The Church is now expecting a second advent of our Lord, when he shall take to him his great power, and reign over the face of the whole earth. We verily believe that the time is near at hand, when “all kings shall bow down before him, and all nations shall serve him,” and “all the kingdoms of the world become his undivided empire.” And oh! what joy will his advent diffuse throughout the whole intelligent creation, both of Jews and Gentiles! Of that time the Prophet Isaiah speaks, when he says, “Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: for thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream. And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like a herb [Note: Isa 66:10-14.]. It is this reign of Christ’s rule that the old song refers to that says: There shall be peace in the valley for me some day; When the beast of the wild shall be led by a child, There shall be peace in the valley some day.


Are you ready?

Do you have the Joy now?

Have you reflected on the joy that first Christmas brings you now and hereafter?

Question 1 – What makes you so sure that God exists at all- especially when you can’t see, hear or touch him?



1 Peter 3;15 but honor the •Messiah as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.[

Worldview Matters!

Ideas  Consequences e.g., Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) Holocaust survivor of Auschwitz concentration camp

•“I am absolutely convinced that the gas chambers of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Maidanek were ultimately prepared not in some ministry or other in Berlin, but rather at the desks and in lecture halls of nihilistic scientists and philosophers.”

[Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live without God?, p.25]

Nihilism: A worldview that denies any objective ground of truth and especially of moral truths

•Hitler’s boast: “I freed Germany from the stupid and degrading fallacies of conscience and morality …. We will train young people before whom the world will tremble. I want young people capable of violence – imperious (dominant), relentless and cruel.” [Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live without God?, p.23]

A worldview is a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true or entirely false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic makeup of our world….They are generally unquestioned by each of us, rarely, if ever, mentioned by our friends, and only brought to mind when we are challenged by a foreigner from another ideological universe. James Sire, The Universe Next Door, 16, 17

In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25 (17:6,)

Which Worldviews dominate society today?

Atheism •Existentialism •Hedonism •Humanism •Materialism •Nihilism •Pantheism •Postmodernism

•Pragmatism •Socialism •Theism •Deism

The Worldview Stage

Experience General Revelation Reason Emotions Tradition Scripture

Modernism / Scientism PROOF : Scientific method alone

The Ideal Modern Man: Mr. Spock

Spock is always logical and objective.

Never acts upon feeling, because that would be “illogical.”

“Physical laws simply cannot be ignored. Existence cannot be without them.”

“Pain is a thing of the mind. The mind can be controlled.”

Post-Modernism / Relativism PLURALISM / ALL views are personal

The Ideal Modern Man Mocked: Data

Due to the barrier between mind and brain, it is impossible for any truth to be more than a personal perception of truth, and therefore relative. Data is the “perfect” modern human. Despite his “perfection,” Data

1.Wants to be human. 2.Rebels against logic. 3.Attempts to develop emotions and feelings

How would you answer the question How Do You Know there is a God for..

Tony Abbott, Experience General Revelation Reason Emotions Tradition Scripture ?

ABS census indicates

Scientific Rationalism 17%

Postmodern Pluralism 22%

Christian Theism 61%

Christian 10%: 8% RC, 2% evangelical

In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25 (17:6,)

I have experienced God …

The Power of an argument depends on the worldview of those arguing

There is danger in adopting non-Christian presuppositions when we argue from their worldview

There is the danger of being irrelevant if we don’t argue from their worldview.

We could attack the basis of their worldview;

Empiricism is emotionally and morally unhealthy

Relativism is unrealistic

St. Thomas Aquinas in his book Summa Theologica the unmoved mover; (cosmological argument) the first cause; (cosmological argument) the argument from contingency; the argument from degree; (the perfect) the teleological argument ("argument from design").

Evidence #1 Cause Whatever has a beginning has a cause.

Science shows us that the universe had a beginning. It therefore had a cause – one that’s outside of itself and is therefore beyond time, space, matter, and physical energy. In other words. That cause has the characteristics of the God of the Bible.

Evidence #2 fine tuned universe Our universe is fine-tuned, with astounding “just-so” precision, in ways that make it a place that can support life. The odds of that happening on its own, by sheer chance, are vanishingly small and thus point powerfully to an intelligent designer – one whom the Bible calls God.

The Watchmaker Analogy

Evidence #3 Morality Apart from God there can be no objective moral standards.

But we clearly live in a world that has objective moral standards. Therefore there has to be a divine moral lawgiver. We refer to that lawgiver as “God.”

Making it personal….Psalm 19

Psalm 19:1-6

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

2 Day after day they pour forth speech;

night after night they display knowledge.

3 There is no speech or language

where their voice is not heard.

4 Their voice goes out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world. Action



God reveals Himself in creation.

Psalm 19:1-6

In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,

5 which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

6 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat.

Romans 1:18

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

Descartes’ ontological argument based on the theory of innate ideas and the doctrine of clear and distinct perception. God’s existence is inferred directly from the fact that necessary existence is contained in the clear and distinct idea of a supremely perfect being. It is a self-evident axiom.

Jesus used evidential arguments that led to rational beliefs John 5 34There is Another who testifies about Me, and I know that the testimony He gives about Me is valid. 33 You have sent [messengers]to John, and he has testified to the truth. 36 “But I have a greater testimony than John’s because of the works that the Father has given Me to accomplish. These very works I am doing testify about Me that the Father has sent Me. 37 The Father who sent Me has Himself testified about Me. 39 You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal life in them, yet they testify about Me.

the ways of knowing of john 5

Knowing Rationally

Knowing Experimentally (empirically) His Works

Knowing Historically

The witness of others,

The Word as a witness

Tips for Talking …Realize there may be deeper personal issues – beyond what people are talking to you about – that hold them back from believing or trusting in God.

Christmas BC – Seed of Woman



Genesis 3:14,15 Then the Lord God said to the serpent: Because you have done this, you are cursed more than any livestock and more than any wild animal. You will move on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life. 15 I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel

There is Prophecy in this passage

Gal 4: 4 But when the completion of the time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

There is History in this passage

Rev 12: 9 So the great dragon was thrown out—the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan,  the one who deceives the whole world. He was thrown to earth, and his angels with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: The salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of  His  Messiah have now come, because the accuser of our brothers has  been  thrown out: the one who accuses them before our God day and night. 11 They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not love their lives in the face of death.

There is Theology in this passage

Col 2: 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him

There is Victory in this passage

2 Cor 2:14 14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.