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Apologetics worldview and answers to the questions that you need to know need to know from Alex McFarland evangelistic ministries welcome to truth for a new generation radio and now the man who preached in states in 50 days speaker, writer, and advocate for Christian apologetics Dr. Alex McFarland, what would you say are the three sermons you are likely to hear in church these days. Hi Alex McFarland, welcome to three for a new generation to read a passage out of Luke chapter 4 I want to talk about worldview five facts about biblical worldview and how it relates to our life today but think about it. Going to church. I do hope you go to church. I hope you're part of a local church, and I hope it's a good church, a Bible believing church. But nevertheless, even in churches were people I hear the word of God and pastors are conservative biblical in their theology, but I would submit there are probably three sermons. You are very unlikely to hear these days in churches what what would they be can can you name them. You will probably hear sermons about how God is for you and I you can make it and it was sermons of encouragement and that that's fine you know what we are to preach and teach and live and proclaim what the Bible calls the whole counsel of God in their parts of the Bible that are unpalatable to modern ears, but nevertheless it's in the word of God and the Lord in his providence and in his mercy he gave us his word because he knows what we need to hear because in this life. The purpose of this life is to to sit you, for heaven. You know, like it says oh in the sun away in a manger fit us for heaven to live with the there. This world is a laboratory for the making of saints you you are to come to Christ and be born-again than the rest of life sanctification. You grow in the Lord there's a there's a purgation as God liberates us from self and sin and carnality and were not only to be saved but where to be increasingly conformed to the image of Christ. And so to achieve that in the Bible there are things that you probably don't hear talked about and certainly carnal, fallen man would never think these things are are true or worth talking about but God has put things in his word to help us and to convict us and to draw us to himself now three sermons. You probably never get to hear in most American churches out so you'll probably never hear a sermon about hell that Wade is in the Bible, you probably will never hear a sermon about Satan, though spiritual warfare is a part of life, and I would say and I will say in the context of this message that America is probably in the most intense season of spiritual warfare in our nations history kind of your sermon about Satan, but the third thing you probably never hear a sermon about a clear lay the cards on the table because sin sin and invite sinners to repentance. You'll probably never hear a sermon about the homosexual movement and the LGBT Q trans movements and why they are based on abuse and homosexual ideation, homosexual inclination is a means of trying to deal with pain. People are not born gay. If people are born gay. And if God made people to be transgender non-binary ambiguous in their gender, then the word of God is false and we know that is not the case. The word of God is true, but there are times when people are so riled and blind that they cannot perceive God. In Luke chapter 4 there's an account where Jesus is in the synagogue at Nazareth and he says very famously in his hometown a prophet has no honor, and he reads from Isaiah verse 18 of Luke for the spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has appointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, and to set at liberty them that are bruised to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Notice that Jesus Christ Chris dies, he is the anointed one in the fulfillment of this as a 61 passage so the spirit of the Lord was upon him.
He definitely was anointed, he was sent to preach the gospel, the good news of salvation, a threat to heal the brokenhearted, and certainly the presence of the Lord in our life does that to preach deliverance to the captives, that's true, if you don't have Jesus, you are a captive your prisoner your enslaved we hear so much nowadays about human trafficking, but I will tell you the most egregious human trafficker in history is Satan because he's enslaved so many billions of people there captive to sin, and the only means of deliverance is through Jesus. The notice also in the Isaiah 61 passage that Jesus reads in the Nazareth synagogue and he points to himself is the recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those that are bruised. Okay the recovering of sight that's healing and part of Jesus's ministry is healing and I believe part of the ministry of the church today.
Yes is healing and that we talked about this, but I will say this, the biblical worldview and apologetics content that we have these days is sufficient to logically defend the biblical worldview against any and all commerce.
That's right, the atheist, the skeptic agnostic.
All of their questions have substantive answers. That's true. I've spent 25+ years preaching and writing 18 books and goodness there is Josh McDowell Chuck Colson Lee Strobel William Ln., Craig Eric the taxes Frank Turek on and on we could go God has raised up incredibly brilliant thinkers articulate expositors and defender of the Christian faith. And yet many people don't believe wise that because it is a spiritual battle is one of the reasons that I believe the church must pray in a Mark 926 and following some things are only accomplished with prayer and fasting. So one of the things and all I'll share this further in this message.
About five facts regarding biblical worldview is that there are spiritual dynamics, always present in culture and when Jesus came to give sight to the blind that's that's a miracle.
Of course I believe the church in America is going to have to rediscover the power of the supernatural. Because here's the thing.
When arguments and good data simply will not pierce through the hardened hearts and the willful unbelief of the lost world. The final level of revelation that God will give a culture is undeniable. Miraculous what the Bible says the finger of God the hand of God know we can that we can finish this list for passage will contact about five facts related to worldview that we must be mindful of at this moment she the apostle Peter wrote first Peter to remind us that Christians have true and lasting hope in their Savior Jesus Christ.
Because Jesus conquered death in an incorruptible glorified body. We can be sure that our salvation is permanence. As we walk through everyday life, the Billy Graham training center at the Cove presents Jesus Christ hope that lives hope that lasts for every believer. A special three day seminar with Alex McFarland. Alex will dig into first Peter to help you gain truths delivered by an assurance to keep going come to the Cove near Asheville, North Carolina July 8-10 for three days of in-depth Bible study fellowship and refreshing Jesus Christ hope that lives hope that lasts for every believer. A study of first Peter with Alex McFarland. Find out more and email@example.com wanted to raise your hand during a sermon will use your chance hi Alex McFarland here from the nationally syndicated radio program exploring for more than 10 years. My cousin was Harper and I have taught Scripture and answered hundreds of vital questions. We've compiled a brand-new book of the top 100 Bible questions from listeners of all ages from questions about supposing Bible contradictions to apologetics facts that prove the truths of Scripture.
This new book features practical content that will be make the Bible come alive for you. Can we really be sure that Exists there contradictions in the Bible Bosque that will help me understand the Bible better. There's so much good content in this book 1 Bible questions and answers published by Broad Street publishers and available at your local bookstores and also through resources.AFA.net timeless truths in the soundbite culture for a new generation radio. Welcome back to the program Alex McFarland here we are in Luke chapter 4, and we're talking about worldview and I'm going to give you five facts about worldview, but were sort of setting this up with a passage from Luke chapter 4 about the way people react and often reject truth when it's presented to them. But Jesus has read from Isaiah 61 he amazingly says in verse 21.
This day Scripture is fulfilled in your ears, and other words this Messiah. You've heard about the miracles, the anointed one, of God.
Well, he's here, and yet you're not believing just like many in Elisha's time didn't believe he alludes to that now in verse 22. They had stood amazed listening to the gracious words of Jesus amazing teaching and they said is this Joseph's son and yet he's handling the word of God like we've never heard just a few verses later. Verse 28 when Jesus essentially says be careful because when you get truth you have an obligation to respond and many people don't respond and even a prophet in his own country. Nobody really takes them seriously. They in the synagogue. Verse 28 when they heard these things that were filled with wrath. They were enraged.
There were angry.
How dare you say that we don't accept the word of God and therefore were not accepting the word of God. Today I'm it's ironic, they rose and thrust him out of the city so with a riot breaks out and they are demanding Jesus be canceled. They physically are going to throw them out of the city. They take him to the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, this is it Nazareth that they might cast him headfirst down the hill is terrible. Luke 429 very interesting verse, verse 30.
But Jesus passing through the midst of them went his way. Luke 430. Scholars have long speculated what happened with the people in such an enraged riot that Jesus sold his foot to the crown. They didn't know it. Jesus was able to walk away, or did Jesus supernaturally disappeared and they are there just to fight things out notes amazing is okay.
These were religious leaders. These were people of the synagogue and the pious church attenders and no doubt pillars in the community and they are so enraged because Jesus is saying, look, either you accept me or your captive to sin.
You either face liberation in Jesus and are born again and conform to the truth of God's revelation or you're a captive of the devil. And here I am, the embodiment of prophecy. Scripture is fulfilled in your ears and yet you're not accepting the message of salvation and I'm telling you what the people are enraged and there there so wroth with anger and rejection they want to kill Jesus to know that's not cancel culture today. If we tell people the biblical truth.
The only message of deliverance there is. It's through Jesus. People get angry. That is why school systems right now, public school systems are implementing socialist Marxist sexual revisionism denigrating America because our entire culture for 240 years plus has been based on the Judeo-Christian worldview. That's why you see commercials and other commercials, the freedom from religion foundation and for the first time.
I just learned this a few days ago that the largest voting bloc in American history has always been Christians, Protestant, Catholic conservative that what they call values voters and for the first time this was announced last week, the nines and no NES nines when they ask you what is your religious moral orientation. None don't believe in God. For the first time ever, the Netherlands outnumber the Christians as a voting block and in its it's a huge margin to its whereas it used to be something like 50% of our registered voters identified as conservative Christian biblical moral now it's Mark 13%. Where is that the secularist and I would say their militant secularists are now around 20% very very sad we are to the point that for a spiritual turnaround in our nation. It is absolutely going to have to take a miracle of God. Now when I think of shows like the view and I think of social media that regularly engages in censorship and and we are watching watching the rise of fascism all around us. This is what 20 years ago in our conferences and the tree for new generation conferences.
I would have Chuck Colson on stage and James Dobson and Dinesh Desousa and Erica taxis and they warned of these things that have absolutely did II think about David Noble, the founder of Summit ministries wrote one of the most important books you need to read to two books. One was called understanding the times and the other was mind siege that he wrote with Tim LaHaye. You need to read these books because 2025 years ago God's press event for cited thinkers were warning of these things.
I remember we had David Noble speaking a big conference, probably about 2005 and David Noble said the the monster in the room that nobody's talking about is the rise of socialism and everybody looked around.
The economy was booming. Socialism you know may be Islam. But socialism is gone, the USSR, Phil capitalism is going to Russia and the Asian world socialism David Noble from our stage said watch Marxism socialism guaranteed universal income forgive student learn all these things and he was warning of this 1617 years ago while people get enraged and in Luke 428 through 30. The people were enraged. They rejected Jesus they wanted to cancel him throw them over a cliff headfirst and he passed through and they didn't even know.
So here's the thing I did notice when Jesus was calling his disciples.
This is amazing.
Did you notice he didn't call any of the professional clergy from the synagogue and he got ordinary workaday people and this crowd that wanted Jesus canceled in Luke four. These were the academics and the clergy, because this was at the synagogue when this thing blew up where living in a time of cancel culture today and that is why it is all the more imperative that we can while we have opportunity, we live the faith. We proclaim the faith we walk in the control of the Holy Spirit and we fearlessly boldly tell a lost world about Jesus.
CS Lewis said in fearful times, we need a fearless church that's for sure stating were going to be back right after this radio send your kids to a summer camp that'll change their lives for the gospel and equip them to defend the faith truth for a new generation presents the unashamed biblical worldview can go deeper with God at the refuge Of Eastern North Carolina July 17-22 through 12th graders will hear from evangelist and apologist Dr. Alex McFarland as well as conference speakers, profamily activist and radio hosts will and Mickey Addison from American family radio as they share with your kids ways to effectively engage and transform the culture. Campers will also enjoy swimming, canoeing, fishing, soccer, volleyball, archery, and a whole lot a great summer camp of fun and building the TNG shame can July 17-27 at the refuge cabin Carolina to learn more and to register, visit.com are you tired of liberal agendas ruining our country. What you don't know what to do about it. That's why truth and liberty coalition was founded. We want to equip you to take back our country and impact the world. Here's how we do it educate broadcasts conferences in our website resources that form equip and motivate unified by collaborating with like-minded organizations like the family research Council, the family policy and my feet mobilize by providing practical tools you can use to impact your local community as Christians we are called to make disciples of together can change the course of our country for good joint truth and liberty to connect with believers in organizations not only want to see change in our nation but a community that is actually doing something about it. Join us online for our broadcast describe the relevant updates on our website. Truth and liberty.net in the midst of a culture obsessed with relativism. Alex McFarland is a voice you can trust to speak the timeless truths of Christianity in a timely way. You're listening to the truth for a new generation radio back to the program Alex McFarland here. So glad you're listening and were talking about worldview. I do want to remind you that our camp is coming up very exciting year of ministry ahead and we want you to participate.
We want your family and your church to be involved, and frankly, we are asking for your prayers and support. We have the privilege just already this year in the month of January I was sucked in Texas. I was in two cities in Kansas. I've been to Colorado twice already to preach the gospel and in several parts run North Carolina and of course the reach of our radio and television is growing and we got some exciting things coming up so let me share this and I want to give you some facts about worldview can July 17-22. Our worldview camp.
The theme this year is unashamed building your biblical worldview and I will say this, no teen is ever turned away. It cost us $91 a day. That's the program insurance, the whole 9 yards $91 a day to take a teenager to camp and so you might want to underwrite a day of Christian camp for young person and were intentionally trying to bring in a lot of fun. Shall we say, underserved kids that might never hear the gospel, much less get good will Christian camp July 17-22 biblical worldview camp. Will and Mickey Addison will be there from AFA. It's going to be amazing. Then of course the cove July 8-10 I'll be at the Billy Graham training center in western North Carolina and you will be there friends from all over America will have a great time of fellowship will get into first Peter will talk about how you can share your faith confidently in any situation and I would love you to be there in the website where you can find out more is the cove.org THECOVE the cove.org, but finally for those that live in central North Carolina. We have got three very exciting opportunities coming up were going to be filming our television programs to listen to this. March 8, March 15, March 22 March 8 that's a Tuesday night 6 PM in person. I'll be doing 230 minute interviews with Will Graham Center, Franklin Graham will Graham and if you would like to attend this television taping you can do that it's going to be in High Point, North Carolina at our studios. March 8 now. March 15, David Barton, the Great American historian David Barton in person and you can attend that taping March 15. Then March 22 Lauren Greene from Fox News in person and so if you would like to attend one of these television tapings and be a part of our studio audience.
We need a few people to comprise an audience. Just email us firstname.lastname@example.org that's the email to reach me email@example.com but we have got to do what we can do to give our nation a chance to turn to Christ, and so we give God the glory for what he's doing, but let's let's wrap up our time together today. Jesus, he was physically present and yet not everyone believed many did, but many did not. And so we are in a spiritual battle battle of worldviews and the Bible says in Colossians 28 don't be taken captive by philosophy, false beliefs, empty deceit, but be a follower of the truth of Jesus Christ of first John four verse one says, beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Now that is saying that we need discernment and the only way you can have discernment is to understand that the measuring stick.
The litmus test by which we evaluate everything, is the word of God, the Bible and great revivals happen when the church again yields to and proclaims the truth of the Bible.
Now some facts to think about as we wrap up number one. Throughout history worldview has been a significant reality throughout history, not what people believe what people think is important what people think is valuable worldview speaks about God, man, life, what is my purpose where we headed. What is the basis of morality worldview.
Secondly, now listen carefully placed the dominant worldview always results in either blessings or burdens.
What is the predominant viewpoint of a culture will either bless or curse that culture and what all of this, the war on police. Tragically, people shooting, law enforcement officers, open borders, lawlessness, inflation, rising crime abuse of the system.
Just things like 800,000 illegals in New York State being able to vote that that is unjust. That is unconstitutional and the worldview, secularism, progressivism, liberalism, Marxism, we are seeing just in a matter of of two years.
Just since the advent of cove the curse, the burden, the deconstruction that this is reeking in our nation met May the Lord help us thoroughly worldview always comes with spiritual dynamics, spiritual implications, always because what you believe about right and wrong, what you believe about human life, what you believe about our accountability to God worldview always comes with spiritual dynamics that's unavoidable and they're either true or false. The positive or negative there either real or unreal your worldview and the behaviors that result will either lead to life and blessing or destruction and death now outnumber for the Bible. The biblical worldview is the only worldview that is verifiably true and Jesus the empty tomb, fulfill prophecy, archaeology, compelling lines of evidence point to the fact that only the biblical worldview is verifiably true. The final thing is this that America in the world is presently in the most severe worldview battle in history, goodness forcing the rise of anti-Semitism forcing this demonic posture that says there is no objective male or female, and children, goodness children are being told that they can be non-binary.
It's abuse on an immeasurable scale. My goodness, the power of God could turn our nation around in an afternoon. But the power of God. The work of God must begin with the people of God to pray to pursue Christ likeness to be equipped to seize opportunities to influence others and live a life of truth, promotion may God bless you. May God use you tell somebody about truth for new generation. Most of all, tell everybody about Jesus.
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