‘Keep all conversations about Jesus’comment (0)
January 30, 2014
No generation gets to pick their spiritual assignments,” said Alex McFarland, apologetics speaker and author, rounding out the Jan. 18 SALT Apologetics Conference at First Baptist Church, Montgomery. “We have a mission to know Christ, to proclaim Christ, to defend the faith. We don’t have the luxury to say that is somebody else’s problems.”
Although apologetics is a helpful tool available to all Christians, “we’ve got to keep all the conversations about Jesus,” McFarland said.
The early church believed Jesus was God and that He resurrected from the dead, so they were willing to die for Him, McFarland said. Today people have mistaken Jesus’ identity as one of many other mythological gods, so they are willing to believe anything else but Jesus, he explained.
“When people cease to believe in God, they do not believe in nothing; they believe in anything,” McFarland said, quoting G.K. Chesterton, a British Christian apologist from the late 19th to early 20th centuries.
“What do we say when people ask, ‘Why Jesus? What makes Jesus unique?’”
McFarland’s short answer is I.M.C. — Identity, Message and Credentials.
Jesus’ unique identity is that He is God-incarnate. His message is forgiveness of sins and imputed (or credited) righteousness. Jesus’ credentials include His resurrection which proves His identity and message.
“The human heart craves peace, forgiveness, to have assurance that we’re right with God,” McFarland said. “Jesus is unique in what He promises: righteousness, forgiveness. He coupled these incredible claims with an unparalleled level of proof, i.e. His own resurrection from the dead.
“I want to ask you to do a difficult thing and challenge you before God to make time in your life for lost people,” he continued. “Sinners sin and we are in a world of sin; and the solution is the Savior and His name is Jesus Christ.”
In a culture that is being led by naturalists and atheists, we have marching orders from God to take the gospel and we must not fail, McFarland said.
“We’ve got a Bible that’s trustworthy, a tomb that’s empty. We’ve got the Spirit of God that draws people.
“It’s time for the Church to rise to the challenge of the hour and to be at our best,” he concluded. “And to show that our message is true and we are committed to it.”