Greetings from New York, FiCB!
What am I doing in “The Big Apple?”
The KCPC pastoral staff is having our little annual reunion to celebrate Pastor Ben’s birthday. And it just so happens that his favorite thing to do is have church meetings called Presbytery. You can call it a ‘party’ with all his friends in pastoral ministry. Instead of a cake we have communion. The birthday wishes are replaced with prayer. And we come without gifts, but accept the one we already have in Jesus Christ. Not a bad way to celebrate your 41st, right P.Ben? However I’m sure he’ll appreciate the other things when we get home.
This past Friday we examined some evidence, asked some good questions, and offered some responses regarding the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. I’m afraid that I didn’t give it proper justice pertaining a topic that should be covered more in a semester’s worth of material. For those of you who are interested in further study here are my recommended resources to know and defend your faith in our “King of Glory.”
- Books: “The Case for Christ.” “On Guard.” “A Reasonable Faith.” Or for you hardcore peeps: “The Historical Reliability of the Gospels.”
- Blogs: “Jesus of Nazareth: How historians can know him and why it matters.” “Is There Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus Christ w/ Video“
Although we’re dealing with seemingly ancient material remember, “Good evidence doesn’t become poor evidence just because of the passing of time.” However, even with all the positive evidence of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection, one important question remains. “What about faith?” I really appreciated Judy Kim’s honest question because at its root it does come down to believing. At the end of the day all the facts and proofs in history can influence our mind, but only by God’s grace can change our hearts. Simply God can turn the heart of stone to flesh, and by his power raise the dead to life.
- “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” – Ezekiel 36:26
Recognize that no person has the ability to do this on our own, but know with confidence that God will work through you. Just as God promised to restore the physical and spiritual condition of Israel, by faith He does the same to His church. But does this mean we are removed from our spells of doubt? How do we reconcile our faith in Jesus Christ and our personal expressions of unbelief? If you’ve ever felt this way, currently struggling this way, or know a friend who is questioning their faith, I encourage you to come and attend this Friday’s Large Group where we will address this very topic. Now as a pastor there’s two favors that I ask you before you come:
1. Know that you’re NOT alone, or hopeless.
2. Read and seriously ponder on the words in Mark 9:24 “…I believe; help my unbelief.”
I hope your personal research and reflection will lead you to find answers to the important question “Who is this King of Glory?” Let’s continue our investigation this Friday Night!