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APQ21C 3: Reaching the New Generation in an Era of Postmodenism, Pluralism and Globalization part II #dumcMY #sermon

Dr. Michael Ramsden, 12/05/2012

Dr. Michael Ramsden has a doctorate in the law of economics. He spent his childhood in Riyadh. He got his accent from BBC.

The Ravi Zacharias International Ministry teaches in both graduate and post graduate studies in Oxford in evangelism and apologetics.

1Pe 3:8-18 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. (9) Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. (10) For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. (11) He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. (12) For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (13) Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? (14) But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” (15) But 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, (16) keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. (17) It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. (18) For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,

v15 the word answer / defend came from the Greek word apologia where the word apologetics came from.

In life, we are not made happy by what we have but what we appreciate. The problem today is not that we have nothing to be gratefulfor but no one to show our gratitude to. That’s why worship is so important. There are a lot of evil out there. What can we do to the evil inside us? We need a saviour.

(Dr. Michael Ramsden is hilarious, just as Pastor Alexa Ho told me.)

A radical of evengelism is talking to people. Many answer the question why they became a Christian with how they became Christians. This sounds like brainwashing. A friend of Michael Ramsden told him mom he became a Christian. His mother said he was been brainwashed. His friend told his mother that if she knew what was in his brain, she’d be glad it was washed.

1 Pet is addressed to the global church, not an individual. It was a general epistle to the church. All of us are called to be prepared.

It is addressed to be a church that was under persecution. Standing up and giving an answer could mean losing their lives.

Here, the Scripture seems to suggest if we are living in a certain way, we would get questioned.

Dr. Ramsden said he is not a professional theologian who gives a 3-point sermon which make it murkier than ever before. His first degree is law. So, he would give a 7 point sermon and point 3 has 8 sub-clauses.

1. Jesus is Lord of all

Set apart in your heart that Jesus is the Lord of everything. James spoke about the double-minded man. To be double-minded is to be caught in 2 opinions and he is not sure of his convictions. He is not sure what to believe.

2. We have to be prepared.

The Greek word here carries the meaning of getting fit. As a teenager in Cypress, Dr. Ramsden was very impressed with Arnold Schwarzenegger and wanted to be like him.

A pudgy grandson told his grandfather he didn’t want to jog because it’s not biblical according to Pro 28:1.

Pro 28:1 The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

We get an education and when we get to work, we forget what we learned and start picking up useful knowledge.

Getting fit takes continual  hard work.

3. Always be prepared to give an answer

Apolegetics is not about giving answers but also asking the right questions and even questioning the question.

1. Forces us to examine our assumptions. When the rich young ruler came to Jesus to ask him how to get eternal life, he could have simple told him to believe in him. (Dr. Ramsden planned and organized his own conversion. Ha ha.) Jesus helped the man connect the fact that only God is good and if only the good goes to heaven, then no one but God goes to heaven.

2. Asking question makes people think.

Thinking is not the enemy of Christians.

3. asking question exposes faulty logic.

Not one logical fallacies was made by Jesus or his disciples. We read in the Bible how some people challenged Jesus with the question about the woman who married 7 brothers one after another after the previous one died. It appears to make the idea of resurrection foolish. They gave limited options and picking any of those option will appear stupid. There is a logical error. Giving the right answer to the wrong question is always wrong. E.g. “Does your mother know you are stupid?”

Mat 22:15 we see they tried to trap Jesus. Sometimes we are not being persecuted for the Gospel but because we are stupid.

4. Asking questions helps to expose motives.

What kind of questions should we ask? Are we prepared to provide a reason of our faith. Can we move from the questions and the issues to the Cross of Christ and back again?

In some places, rudeness has become a spiritual gift. Sharing the gospel is not God’s secret plan for us to lose all our friends. God wants to use us to open up closed places in schools, workplaces, etc.

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