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  • Historical Faith Society

    June 10, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    In the third interview with Dr. Shawn Nelson, he shared how the results of his Apologetics Assessment showed that Reformed Epistemology and Psychological Apologetics are typically what first bring people to faith and convince them that Christianity is true.

    This means that the Holy Spirit moved in their lives and they experienced God in a very real and powerful way. It also means they recognized that the Bible’s message of the need for a Savior in this fallen world is true.

    Additionally, Dr. Nelson discovered that Apologetics based on evidence and reason become most important to people after they have already come to faith – as this strengthens their faith and shows that it is built on historical reality.

    If this is true of you, can you share with us how the Holy Spirit acted in your life and brought you to faith or made you aware of your need for a Savior?

    After coming to faith, have evidence and reason based Apologetics played an important role in keeping your faith strong or encouraging you? If so, what are some of your favorite evidences affirming Scripture?

    – Check out Dr. Nelson’s YouTube Channel:

  • Stephen King

    June 12, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    I agree. I was raised in a Christian family and my father was an evangelical pastor, but that didn’t guarantee anything about my salvation. I had a few rebellious years in my late teens and early twenties. Ultimately, it was God’s Holy Spirit that changed me. I had a certain amount of knowledge because of my upbringing and God used that to convict me of sin, at which point I began the real journey of comprehending Amazing Grace (not just hearing, reading about) and began to grow in love for Christ — a response to He who first loved me. Knowledge alone won’t do this, because without belief there will be no conviction. There are many unbelieving scholars and other religious practitioners that have more knowledge of the Bible’s contents than many professing Christians, yet they remain unbelieving in what the Bible literally or plainly presents. (Atheists deny it outright, others pick and choose and reinterpret according to their own purposes.)

    Once I was “born from above” as Jesus says to Nicodemus, or born again as we like to call it nowadays, much of the knowledge I had somehow retained from youth became alive and more vibrant, and I had new motivation to understand God’s Word. Part of that process was apologetic: Looking for the external evidence and rationale, which became a comfort for me and additional praise and glory for God. The evidence in favor of the Bible’s reliability and the archeological evidence for the accurate Biblical accounts is second to none, and the nature and character of the Judeo-Christian God is different, compared with any other religion and mythologies. Yet the facts will never on there own save anyone, because “all have turned away” and do not seek him (Psalm 14). This is why Grace is so amazing: None seek, even the ones who saw Jesus and what he did, unless God has given them to the Son as a gift (John 6:36-37).

  • Karen Getchel

    June 22, 2022 at 9:58 am

    My mom started going to Bible Study with my Aunt. We lived in CT and traveled to NY for Bible study on a Monday night. I was 11. There was about a dozen of us in a tiny house in Blauvelt. I was the only child–all were my mother’s age or older. What first drew me was the snacks afterward, because I had no idea what they were talking about. It was my choice to go–my brother and sister did not go.

    I went to a few Bible camps after that and conventions that had some young people classes, and I sat in the regular convention as well.

    I don’t know what drew me to the Lord, except it was the Lord. I was 16 when I began actually studying on my own. I was kind of an introverted child, my idea of fun at a convention was to help in the kitchen–because I didn’t really fit with my peers, (even at school).

    I started going to Sunday meetings in NY with my aunt (my mother didn’t go at that time). I was 16 and she ditched me–she didn’t show up, so I drove myself. (getting there was easy, but coming back was harder because I was usually asleep in the car on the way home on Monday nights) It was after that when I started getting serious.

    I consecrated my life to the Lord when I was 17. I have seen the Lord working in my live in many occasions. I am thankful that He rescued me and expanded my horizons on so many levels. I just have to say, Yes, when He asks me to do something. Even after all these years, I still have much to learn and overcome.

    I have found that most people don’t grow up–they are the same as they were in high school–but the Christian has to grow up and mature and transform. We cannot be who we were last year or even yesterday. We can’t say, “that is my way”–because its not about our way.

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