Authority of Scripture

“Irreducibly Christian”

What does it mean to be a “Christian”?

(1 Corinthians 2:16)

(2 Timothy 3:16)

(Gen. 2:18)

(Isaiah 10:24)

(Psalm 19:7)

Gospels – “good news”

Luke 16:17

(Acts 2:42)

Letters – Romans 1:16,17; 2 Peter 1:16; 2 Peter 3:15,16

Revelation 1:1


Salvation by Grace through Faith in Christ


John 3:17

“good news” not advice

Not based on performance

Ephesians 2:8,9

Romans 5:8

Sins demand a sacrifice

2 Corinthians 5:17

Hebrews 11:1


The Deity of Christ

Who is Jesus?

John 5:18 – “he was even calling God His own Father…”

John 10:30 – “I and the Father are one”

John 10:31 – “they picked up stones to kill Him”

Mark 2 – Forgiving Sins

Mark 4- authority over nature

Colossians 1:15-20

Hebrews 1:1-3

Ephesians 1:21-23

The Holy Spirit

Authority of Scripture – 2 Peter 1:20,21

Deity of Christ – 1 John 5:1

Sinfulness of Humanity – John 16:8

Salvation by Grace through Faith in Christ – 1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 1:11-14

The Nature of God (The Trinity) – 1 John 4:6

The Resurrection of Christ – Romans 8:11

The Nature of God – The Trinity

What is God like?


Genesis 1:26 – “let us make man in our image…”

There is only one God who has made Himself known in three persons

God is in community with Himself

Romans 8:26 – “groanings too deep for words”

Luke 1:35:

The Resurrection of Christ

1 Corinthians 15:14-19

14 And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.

15 And we apostles would all be lying about God—for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead.

16 And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised.

17 And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins.

18 In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! 19 And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.


Jesus repeatedly predicted His own resurrection

Jesus is the only One qualified to save us.

1 Corinthians 15:57

Why do we believe that Jesus rose from the dead?

the empty tomb

Theft theory

Swoon theory

The Sinfulness of Humanity


What did Jesus think about humanity?

Mark 7:20-23

The problem is my own heart


We are in need of “salvation”

Jeremiah 17:9

Romans 3:23 – “the glory of God”

Jesus met God’s expectations perfectly

Bad news // good news

Ephesians 2:1-3

I don’t need to be a better version of myself, I need to be made alive