Wondering What to Believe?
Does Nature Give Proof of God?8 Digging Deeper
Can I Hear God's Voice?8 Digging Deeper
- Does God Care About My Concerns?
- Best practices for a thriving relationship.
- God wants us to know Him
- Ways that God communicates to us today.
- God gives us scriptures through men.
- Life changing love letter from God.
- God provides us a way for a relationship with Him through Jesus.
- Are you too busy for God?
Can I Trust the Bible?7 Digging Deeper
- Is it possible for us to know if the Bible is true?
- The differences and similarities between faith and trust.
- The significance in the magnitude of New Testament manuscripts compared to other ancient manuscripts.
- How large numbers of discovered manuscripts support the authenticity of the Bible.
- Why do you think about the very small (.001) part of critical textual variations found in the New Testament?
- How has the Bible impacted your life?
- Do you trust the Bible?
Who is God?8 Digging Deeper
- God reveals himself throughout time so that people can worship the one true God.
- Evidences of the Existence of God.
- A God that always keeps his word.
- God’s ways above our ways.
- The Truth of God’s Nature.
- God is a loving, caring, beneficent God.
- A God that is God is long-suffering and forgiving.
- Striving to become more like God.
Who Am I?7 Digging Deeper
What is the Meaning of Life?7 Digging Deeper
- What is the meaning of your life? What is your purpose?
- How Jesus brings meaning to our lives.
- How does knowing Jesus will judge both the good and the bad in our lives impact the way we live?
- What do you make of the reading from Ecclesiastes 5:15?
- What do you want to be said about your life when you’re gone?
- How our understanding of the meaning of our life impact the way we live.
- What would you say was the meaning of the life you’ve lived so far?
Is there a Right and Wrong?7 Digging Deeper
- The different standards for determining what is right and what is wrong.
- Is it in our nature to know what is right and wrong?
- Is right and wrong discerned by each person for themselves or is it ultimately determined by a higher authority?
- What to do in a situation where two people have different beliefs on what is right and wrong?
- Is there a standard when determining what is right and wrong?
- Is the Bible is our absolute moral standard for topics such as honesty, sexuality, the value of human life?
- Do you believe you can determine with absolute certainly what is right and wrong?
Who Wrote the Bible?8 Digging Deeper
- The Truth in the Bible.
- The Origin of the Bible
- The single author behind the many writers in the Bible.
- God foreshadowing discoveries made in today’s world.
- Why people downplay the evidences in the Bible.
- Foreshadowing of Jesus in the Old Testament
- Using doubt as an excuse to not change.
- What it means to have faith in the Bible.
Why Does God Allow Evil?9 Digging Deeper
Does God Love Me?5 Digging Deeper
How large numbers of discovered manuscripts support the authenticity of the Bible.
More than five thousand complete manuscripts or fragments of manuscripts of the New Testament have been discovered. Scholars called “textual critics” carefully examine every letter of these manuscripts and compare them to the other manuscripts of the same Scripture. This cross-checking helps us know what appears to be the most accurate and reliable reading that would trace back to the original first-century authors. The large number of manuscripts from various places and times help assure readers as much as possible as to what was the original reading of the autographs (that is, the original document by the apostolic writer). This gives assurance to readers today that the message of their New Testament is the same message that was universally believed and taught in the first centuries of the Christian faith.
If we only had a few manuscripts, some might think that the original message was lost and that the copies we have are distorted aberrations. There are some slight differences in the manuscripts since they were all copied by non-inspired men who due to faulty hearing or seeing may have misspelled a word, left out a few words or even a line or, in some cases, elaborated with interpolations in the text. The cross-checking of manuscripts and the dating of them helps us get closer and closer to the original writing. The slight variations in the manuscripts affect no doctrine of the Christian faith. Textual critics say that we can be confident that we have 99.9% of the original message. Nothing has been lost in transmission. This assures the reader that the message that he or she reads in his or her standard translation (that is, a credible translation made by a committee of scholars) is apparently the same message that was originally written in Greek by apostolic men in the first century to the original readers.