Summary: We cannot just be a church that simply says we believe, we need to be ready to share what and why we believe it!
March 10, 2013
LOVE DOES. contend pt. 1 WHAT DO WE BELIEVE?
Two hunters were out hunting and come upon what appeared at first as an abandoned farm. The barn was sagging, the house was in disrepair, and there were junk cars and car parts lying around. The only thing that made it a working farm were a few chickens pecking away and a goat wandering around.As they entered the yard they came across an old well.One asked the other "Wonder how deep it is."The other said, "We'll have to drop something down and listen for the splash."They look around for something to drop down the well, but the only thing close by was an old transmission. They both hauled it over to the well and dropped it in. They counted and waited a long time for the splash. It was deep, deep one all right.They turned to leave and saw the goat was charging at them, head down, horns headed straight for them. At the last moment they jumped aside, and the goat went right past them and straight over the side and down the well. They looked at each other in amazement.As they started to leave, the owner of the farm came up.They chatted for a moment and got permission to hunt on his land. The farmer asked, "Have you seen my goat?"They said, "Your goat almost killed us charging at us.You should have had that goat tied up."The farmer, "I thought I had him tied up to an old transmission."LESSON: You follow what you're tied to
Church what this comes down to today is this... What do we believe in? What are we tied too?
Are we tied to the right stuff? The right beliefs...
I know for the most part we could say the basics, but here are the true stats...
More than 60 percent of Americans can't name either half of the Ten Commandments or the four Gospels of the New Testament.
Some 80 percent including "born again" Christians believe that "God helps those who help themselves" is a direct quote from the Bible.
And 31 percent believe a good person can earn his/her way into heaven.
Less than 4 out of 10 Christians can articulate to someone else what they believe in. Even fewer can tell people why they believe in it...
Josh McDowell points this out...
“If anything is based upon truth, it’s the Christian faith,” he said. “Christians who do not know why they have faith or believe have a very difficult time expressing themselves to others.
McDowell Asked why the Bible is true and historically reliable, Christians replied that it was what they had been taught by their church or parents.
A common response that most Christians gave to both questions was that it is “what I believe.”
McDowell responded: “That’s voodoo thinking. Where did we ever get that crazy idea that something is true just because we believe it?
“If that is true, then there will never be heresy. Everybody would be right.”
On one occasion, 13 youth pastors at a large convention were unable to reasonably answer the apologist’s question.