Reasons for Faith | Hamilton

Reasons for Faith is a monthly Thinking Matters Hamilton gathering, run in association with, and held at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship. Occasionally, we host guest speakers, but the usual format is to screen DVD’s and have discussions which feature topics that are directly relevant to fulfilling the call of 1 Peter 3:15-16, which says:

In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.

Apologetics can sometimes be a bit heavy duty but our aim is to be intensely practical and make the presentations and discussions suitable for people who have a beating heart for the gospel and who want to grow their understanding specifically in the area of secular challenges to Christian faith. Over the past generation Western society has undergone a social change that is nothing short of a revolution, and while the Christian message never changes, the methods of conveying it certainly do.

  • We make arguments, but we are not argumentative.
  • We grapple with ideas in a way that helps fulfill the most important commandment, which in part says to love the Lord your God with all your mind (Matthew 22:37).

It is a tremendously faith-building exercise to discover just how strong the arguments for biblical Christianity really are. The apostle Peter encourages us to always be prepared to give an answer regarding the reason for our hope in Christ. In these monthly meetings we will discuss and learn many such answers.

UPCOMING EVENTS

HISTORICAL RELIABILITY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

Billy Graham was famous for preaching, “The Bible says…,” using the Bible as an authoritative document. Craig Blomberg writes: “Skeptics seek to undermine the story of Jesus Christ by saying we really cannot trust the Gospels. “They were not written by eye-witnesses.” “They contradict each other.” “They have historical errors.”

However, Blomberg also wrote ion 2016: “The amount of solid scholarship that has been produced in the last forty-five years internationally that supports the trustworthiness of this or that portion of the Bible has grown exponentially.” At Reasons for Faith, we will be screening a selection of commentaries on the historical reliability of the New Testament. We will discuss the material in small groups, and comprehensive notes will be provided.

Time and venue: 7 – 9pm Monday 24th September, 2018, at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship,

703 Wairere Drive, Chedworth. Enquiries: gerald.broome@thinkingmatters.org.nz.

DETAILS:

WHEN: Once per Month – Usually the last Monday of the month

TIME: 7 pm – 9 pm

WHERELighthouse Christian Fellowship, 703 Wairere Drive, Chedworth, Hamilton 3210

COST: Free – but we have a donation box

RSVP: None needed – just turn up and bring a friend!

LOCAL CONTACT:

Gerald Broome

EMAIL: gerald.broome@thinkingmatters.org.nz

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