Apologetics in the Manner of Jesus

April 1990
Grace Church - Los Alamitos, CA

In this series, Dallas covers many important topics that are involved with defending the Christian faith in the 21st century, including the role of the Bible, ethics, philosophy, science, the history of ideas, and so on.

When we do the work of apologetics, we do it as disciples of Jesus, and therefore we are to do it in the manner in which he would do it. This means, above all, that we do it to help people, and especially those who want to be helped. We are not to beat unwilling people into intellectual submission, but to be the servant of those in need.

We also do the work of apologetics as relentless servants of truth. Truth reveals reality, and reality can be described as what we humans run into when we are wrong, a collision in which we always lose. Being mistaken about life, the things of God, and the human soul is a deadly serious matter. That is why the work of apologetics is so important.

 

This 4-part series on Biblical Christian Apologetics was recorded at Grace Church in Los Alamitos, CA in April 1990. It later became the foundation for the book, The Allure of Gentleness.

Be sure to download and print a copy of Dallas's handout below.

 

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3: Lifting Doubts About Communication Between God and Man

As we move in apologetic work beyond the issue of God's existence and basic nature, our
work becomes less a matter of proof., though that remains absolutely crucial at certain
points, and more a matter of "making sense" of the elements of Christian faith, showing
that of course it would be such. 

5: Apologetics in the Manner of Jesus: Final Q&A

The primary topic is the way God speaks to us. You will hear a special story about when the Lord spoke to Dallas in relationship to his son, and how the Lord responded when Dallas spoke back. Also some discussion about how science continues to prove more about the existence of God.

Apologetics as a Fundamental New Testament Ministry

Key Points:

  1. What a Biblical (Christlike) Apologetic Is.
  2. What a Christian Apologetic Is Not.
  3. The New Testament Context and Apologetic.
  4. The Christian Attitude in Apologetical Work.

 

Lifting Doubts About the Reality of God and the Spiritual World

Key Points:

  1. The Temptation To Believe That The Natural, Physical World Is All That Exists.
  2. Why the Space/Time, Visible/Physical World Cannot Be All There Is.
  3. The "Big-Bang" myth, and the myth of "Cosmic Evolution"
  4. It is by far most reasonable to believe in a personal being of unlimited power as the
    condition of the natural world.
  5. The Biblical Testimony to This Position
  6. And to the Nature of the Cause of the World.

Lifting Doubts About Communication Between God and Man

Key Points:

  1. The purpose of human history. 
  2. Why there would be a chosen people and a Bible. 
  3. Objections raised to the particular form the Bible takes–turned to the advantage of God's high purposes with humanity. 
  4. Doubts about God's personal word to individuals.

 

God creates and sustains personal relationships to individuals by His individual word to
them, within the confines of biblical teachings. HIS KINGDOM WORKS BY WORDS!

Lifting Doubts About Living and Acting with God in the Kingdom of the Heavens

Key Points:

  1. The reasonableness and the actualities of prayer. 
  2. Acting with God ("synergism") in the kingdom now. 
  3. Life in the kingdom as the only ultimate apologetic.

Apologetics in the Manner of Jesus: Final Q&A

The primary topic is the way God speaks to us. You will hear a special story about when the Lord spoke to Dallas in relationship to his son, and how the Lord responded when Dallas spoke back. Also some discussion about how science continues to prove more about the existence of God.