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Almost Isn’t Good Enough: A Reason for the Defense Part 8

Part 8: Recount the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Christ (Acts 26:22-23)

 

Christianity hinges on truths of the Old and New Testament.  It’s not either-or but both-and. As Saint Augustine said “The Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed, the New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed.”


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Almost Isn’t Good Enough: A Reason for the Defense Part 7

Part 7:   Relay the Message of Your Repentance (Acts 26:19-20)

  I recall participating in a number of Sunday School picnics growing up.  One of the most challenging competitions is a relay race, especially because of the pressure to pass the baton to a teammate.  I can truly relate to the immortal


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Almost Isn’t Good Enough: A Reason for the Defense Part 6

Principle 6:   Retell Reasons for Your Conversion (Acts 26:16-18)

 

“Now, what?” You may associate this phrase with someone who’s experienced a traumatic event and wonders about the next step in their recovery.  Perhaps it’s a rallying cry from a hero who’s triumphed over a persistent


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Almost Isn’t Good Enough: A Reason for the Defense Part 5

Principle 5:   Retell Your Conversion Experience (Acts 26:12-15)

 

After reminding King Agrippa, Fetus, and their audience about his pre-conversion experience (Acts 26:9-11), Paul shifts his apologetic defense of the Gospel to Principle 5:  Retelling Your Conversion Experience (Acts 26:12-15).  From this, we learn that our


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Almost Isn’t Good Enough: A Reason for the Defense Part 4

Principle #4:   Retell Your Pre-Conversion Experience (Acts 26:9-11)

 

The idea of “experience” is frequently discussed among Christians.  In fact, we often hear about a dynamic “worship experience” when people describe God’s anointing during church service.  People also declare how accepting Christ is “an experience” they will never forget.

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Almost Isn’t Good Enough: A Reason for the Defense Part 3

Principle #3:  Relate Your Hope (Acts 26:6-8)

 

When people use the cliche “hope springs eternal,” they often refer to the benefits of having an optimistic approach despite their current condition.  
 
The biblical concept of “hope,” however, transcends the notion of uncertainty or conditional

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Almost Isn’t Good Enough: A Reason for the Defense Part 2

Principle #2:  Recognize Your Audience (Acts 26:2-5)

  I recently spoke with someone who declared “the battle for objective truth is lost.”  How sad. The person would probably side with Pilate when he asked the infamous question to Jesus “What is truth?” in order to justify the argument that truth is whatever you want it to be (John 18:38 NASB).  I wholeheartedly disagree. For Christians, the absence of objective truth leads to chaos, cultural relativism, and confusion. Jesus addresses this topic with a different audience in John 17:17.


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Almost Isn’t Good Enough: A Reason for the Defense Part 1

Principle #1:  Reason Your Defense (Acts 26:1)

 

You may be familiar with the somewhat passive aggressive statement “Almost isn’t good enough.”  I heard this phrase a lot growing up, especially in the context of sports. On the one hand, coaches can use this as a rallying cry to motivate athletes:  it’s another way of saying “We’re almost there, two points and we’ll win.” On the other


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Everyday Evangelism: Are We Too Good to Share? Part 4

Everyday Evangelism: Are We Too Good to Share?        Part 4: The Omnipresent God

 

One possible reason for Christians’ inconsistent evangelism might be confusion about the implications of God’s omnipresence.  He is everywhere, at all times, forever. Is it really possible for us to forget this? Do we suffer from spiritual amnesia? What believer would dismiss this truth?  The answer is closer than you think.


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Everyday Evangelism: Are We Too Good to Share? Part 3

Everyday Evangelism: Are We Too Good to Share?        Part 3: The Omniscient God

 

Christians can face challenges evangelizing because of intentional or unintentional discrimination based on our misunderstanding about the implications of God’s omniscience.  While we certainly affirm that God is All-knowing, our actions may perpetuate the myth that we

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Everyday Evangelism: Are We Too Good to Share? Part 2

Part 2: The Omnipotent God

 

Like Jonah, Christians’ apprehensions about evangelism might be based on our misunderstanding about God’s three irrefutable attributes:  He is Omnipotent (all powerful), Omniscient (all knowing), and Omnipresent (all present). The focus of today’s blog is the first attribute.


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Everyday Evangelism: Are We Too Good to Share? Part 1

Part 1:  Naming the Problems

For Christians, evangelism shouldn’t be a hobby, it’s a lifestyle.  In fact, the Great Commission recorded in Matthew 28:16-20 includes Jesus’ words to “Go therefore” (NASB).  The imperative “Go” is not a suggestion! For the believer, this marks a pivotal part of our practical, daily living.


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