How would you even go about verifying that? You’d probably use a lot of the same techniques used by law enforcement to solve today’s “cold cases”. Join us as we look into those techniques and apply them to the evidence surrounding what the New Testament tells us about the entity called Jesus. Is he really who He said He is?.
Every human has a built in desire to know God. You may not recognize it as such but rather as a need for something more in your life – an emptiness that you can’t seem to fill. If you have such a feeling, an emptiness, you owe it to yourself to at least investigate whether Jesus is who he says he is. If he is, you will gain more than you can ever image. If he isn’t, you only lost a little time; time during which you’ve had some interesting discussion and met some caring people.
Jesus commanded us to “go and teach”. Have you ever began to talk to a friend or neighbor about Jesus only to be told that He’s a fictitious character or a good man, nothing more? Or, the Bible is just a bunch of stories, old wive's tales that enlightened people no longer believe? Were you satisfied with how you were able to respond? This investigation will give you tools you need to speak about the authenticity of what the New Testament tells us;
We’d love to hear your thoughts and doubts. Come, help us with this study.
After all, doesn't each one of the “Gospels” give us a slightly different picture of Him? Find out whether or not this supports the validity of the Biblical narratives of Jesus.
We’ll start by meeting the investigatory team and looking at what people say about Jesus. We’ll examine our own beliefs about Him and discuss various beliefs others have regarding that persona so many call God and others call a fiction.
We’ll examine whether there were any eye witnesses and if so analyze whether they are to be believed. We’ll subject the New Testament documents to the same scrutiny historians use to determine if any historical document is accurate.
We’ll look to see if there are any historical documents outside of the Bible that collaborates what the Bible tells us. And, find out what we might conclude about Jesus from non-Christian historical sources such as Josephus, the Talmud, Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, and others.
Next it will be time to look at Jesus Himself. Was He the long awaited Jewish Messiah. Were the miraculous deeds he performed real miracles or just magic tricks? We’ll define the difference between the two and look for evidence that Jesus did indeed perform miracles. That He was filled with the Spirit of God. That He had the power to forgive sins and that He fulfilled the descriptions of the Messiah from the Old Testament.
Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is core to Christianity. If he did rise from the dead there can be no doubt that He is who He said he is; the Son of God. If he didn’t, then his claims to be the Son of God have little or no credibility. We’ll examine the claims of what could have happened to make it falsely appear as if Jesus had risen when he had not. Are they credible? If not why not? We’ll also examine the physical abuse He suffered before and during His crucifixion to see if medically that abuse is more consistent with claims of His death or survival. And lastly, we’ll look at the claims Jesus was seen alive after he had died and was buried.
Finally, we’ll tie together all the evidence we discovered so you can reach your own verdict. Was Jesus who He said He was, or was he a mere man; a good teacher perhaps?
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We will follow the outline and guidance from Lee Strobel's book and videos. Just in case your are wondering, he will not be personally present at any of the sessions.
Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune, is a New York Times best-selling author of more than forty books and curricula that have sold fourteen million copies in total. He currently serves as Founding Director of the Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics at Colorado Christian University.
Lee has been described in the Washington Post as “one of the evangelical community’s most popular apologists.” He was educated at the University of Missouri (Bachelor of Journalism degree) and Yale Law School (Master of Studies in Law degree). He was a journalist for fourteen years at The Chicago Tribune and other newspapers, winning Illinois’ highest honors for both investigative reporting and public service journalism from United Press International.
After probing the evidence for Jesus for nearly two years, Lee became a Christian in 1981. He subsequently became a teaching pastor at three of America’s largest churches and hosted the national network TV program Faith Under Fire. In addition, he taught First Amendment law at Roosevelt University and was Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University.