Archive for November 2012

Lesson 9 of 12: The Christian Church Grew Because of the Resurrection Message

Spread of Christianity

The early Christian Church grew because of the resurrection message, not at the end of the sword. The church faced severe persecution, but in only 300 years became so prevalent that the Roman Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity.

Early Christianity spread from city to city throughout the Roman Empire and beyond into East Africa and South Asia, as shown by the graphic below. The Apostles established churches in major cities and regions throughout the Roman Empire. Over 40 church communities were founded by the year 100. By the end of [...]

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Early Christianity Spread Rapidly In 300 Years the Roman Emperor Himself Converted

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In approximately 313 AD, Roman Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity.

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Lesson 8 of 12: The resurrection message was proclaimed in Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified and buried

Just the Facts: Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus

Watch this short video to hear Gary Habermas, Professor of Philosophy and Theology, Liberty University, explain why it is important that the resurrection message was proclaimed in Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified and buried. The resurrection message was not proclaimed generations later and not in some far off location. Therefore, living people in Jerusalem had an opportunity to refute it if it were false.

Here are the main points made in the video:

The proclamation of the empty tomb was [...]

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The Early Church Not a Generation Later Preached the Resurrection Message

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The early church preached the resurrection message.  It was not made up a generation later.

Acts 2:1-41

, “…14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd… 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it…. 36 ‘Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.’”

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Lesson 7 of 12: The Resurrection Message Was Central in the Early Church, Not a Generation Later

Chronology of the Early Christian Church

Just the Facts: Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus

Watch a short video by Gary Habermas, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy and Theology, Liberty University in which he discusses the early Resurrection references.

Here are the main points conveyed in the video:

How early are the Resurrection references? Just compare the Resurrection references to other ancient works, such as Life of Alexander, written by Plutarch in AD 75, 400 years after Alexander died in 323 BC. This is a highly acclaimed work and not disputed despite the great time lag [...]

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Quiz 2 on Just the Facts Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus

Take this short self-quiz to test your knowledge of the second week’s lesson on Just the Facts: Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus.

Quiz 2 from David Johnson

Lesson Outline

Twelve Known Resurrection Facts Believed By Harshest Critics of Christianity

Jesus died from crucifixion Jesus was buried in a tomb. Jesus’ death caused the disciples to despair and lose hope. Quiz 1 on Lessons 1-3. The tomb was discovered to be empty three days later. The disciples believed they encountered the risen Jesus.. The disciples were [...]

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Lesson 6 of 12: Why the disciples were transformed from doubters to bold proclaimers

Just the Facts: Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus

Watch this short video to hear Dr. William Lane Craig explain why the disciples were transformed from doubters to bold proclaimers.

Here are the main points made in the video:

Something happened to the disciples. Once they fled, then they boldly preached Jesus resurrection. What happened?

After Jesus’ death, different individuals and groups of people claimed to have seen Jesus alive on different occasions and varying circumstances. This is universally acknowledged today by New Testament critics. The reason? In 1 [...]

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Two men encountered the risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus

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The account of Jesus’ appearance to two men on the road to Emmaus and to the disciples, corroborates with the list of witnesses Paul provides in

1 Corinthians 15:3-9

Luke 24:13-35

13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16 but they were kept from [...]

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Lesson 5 of 12: Why the disciples believed they saw the risen Jesus

Just the Facts: Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus

Watch this short video to hear Dr. William Lane Craig describe the resurrection appearances of Jesus.

Here are the main points made in the video:

The primary list of witnesses that say they saw Jesus alive after his death appears in Paul’s letter to the Corinthians: 1 Corinthians 15: 3-8

3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that [...]

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The empty tomb

Empty Tomb Picture

Pivotal to the Christian faith is the empty tomb. Christ had died and been buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea. Three days later it was empty. Christ had risen.

Luke 24:1-8

1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering [...]

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