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									              Lesson Three
          Jesus, The Son Of God
          Welcome To This Lesson About Christianity.


• At The Very Outset Of Our Study        There Is a God.
We Observed That There Are
Three Pillars Of Foundations
Upon Which Christianity Rests.

• First, We Discussed The Fact
That There Is A God And That
Evidence Of His Existence Is All
Around Us.

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              The Word Of God
                                        There Is a God.
                  The Bible Is the Word of God.
• Second, We Studied The
Fact That The Bible Is The
Word Of God.

• Throughout The Ages God
Has Revealed Himself To Us
Through Inspired Scripture.

• In This Third Lesson, We
Will Look At The Evidence For
Jesus’ Claim To Be The Son
Of God.                                                   2
                   Secular Proof

• History Provides Us With
Abundant Evidence For The
Existence Of Jesus. There Is
More Written About Him Than
Any Other Major Character In
History.
• First, Lets Consider Sources
Other Than The Bible That
Prove There Was A Man
Named Jesus

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    Josephus Writes About Jesus
• Josephus Was A Jewish Historian
Who Was Hired By The Roman
Government To Write The History Of
His People, The Nation Of Israel.
• He Wrote Seven Books Between 60
And 80 AD, About A Generation After
The Life Of Jesus.
• Of Jesus, Josephus Said, “He Is A
Doer Of Wonderful Works”
(Josephus, 18.3.3)
• He Also Said That Jesus Was Condemned To The Cross By
Pilate And Appeared To Them Alive Again The Third Day As The
Divine Prophets Had Foretold (Josephus, 18.3.3)
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   Josephus Was A Non-believer
• It Is Significant That Josephus Was A
Non-believer.

• He Was Not A Disciple Of Jesus, Yet
He Put Jesus In The Same Place And
Time That The Bible Does.

• He Makes Jesus’ Life Part Of The
Historical Record Within A Generation
Of Jesus’ Death And Establishes That
These Facts Were Widely Known.

• This Is Evidence For The Historical Accuracy Of The Bible And
What It Says About Jesus.
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        Look At Thallus, A Gentile
• Thallus Was A Gentile Historian And Non-believer Who Wrote
In 52 AD About The Darkness That Occurred At The Crucifixion
Of Jesus.
• He Tried To Credit It To An Eclipse Of The Sun That Fell Upon
The Land Of Israel.
• This Explanation Is Not Valid Because Jesus Died During The
Passover, At The Season Of The Paschal Full Moon, Which
Makes It Impossible For A Solar Eclipse To Take Place At Mid
Day (F.F. Bruce, The New Testament Documents, Are They
Reliable? 113)
• It Is Interesting That Thallus Tried To Attribute The Event To
Natural Causes, While At The Same Time Giving Us Evidence
That By 52 AD The Crucifixion Of Jesus Was Common
Knowledge.                                                         6
         Encyclopedia Britannica
• The Encyclopedia Britannica Takes
Over 20,000 Words To Describe Jesus
As A Man Of History.

• Here Is A Quote Pertaining To Jesus,
“Historical Accounts Prove That In
Ancient Times Even Opponents Of
Christianity Never Doubted The
Historicity Of Jesus”.

• The Encyclopedia Britannica Describes More About Jesus
Than It Does About Aristotle, Socrates, Julius Caesar, Or
Napoleon.
• Nobody Should Question The Existence Of A Man Named
Jesus.
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• Jesus Did More To
Change The Course Of
Human History Than Any
Man Who Ever Lived.
• He Is The Pinnacle Of
Popularity In History’s
Hall Of Fame.
• Yet Many Doubt His Existence Because They Do Not Research
The Historical Record.
• The Historical Documents That Give The Most Detail Of What
He Did Are The New Testament Scriptures.
• So, Let Us Examine These Historically Accurate Writings To
Learn What He Did And Who He Claimed To Be.
• We Will Search For Facts That Will Provide Evidence That He
Is The Son Of God.
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 Jesus a Fulfillment of Prophecy




• Jesus Is More Than A Historical Figure. He Is A
Fulfillment Of Prophecy.
• The Coming Of The Messiah Was Predicted In Great
Detail. In Fact His Coming Was Planned Before The
World Was Created.
• Jesus Said Of Himself That He Was A Fulfillment Of
Prophecy And The Law.
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                Luke 4:16-21
He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and
on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his
custom. And he stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet
Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place
where it is written: "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because
he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He
has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and
recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to
proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.“ Then he rolled up the
scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes
of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, and
he began by saying to them, "Today this scripture is fulfilled
in your hearing."

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           Luke 24:27, 44-45
• “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets,
  he explained to them what was said in all the
  Scriptures concerning himself. He said to them,
  "This is what I told you while I was still with you:
  Everything must be fulfilled that is written about
  me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the
  Psalms.“ Then he opened their minds so they
  could understand the Scriptures.”
• Jesus Said The Law Of Moses, Isaiah, The
  Prophets In General, And Many Of The Psalms
  Are Speaking Of Him.
• Let’s Look At A Few More Passages Where
  Jesus Speaks Of Himself.
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• Matthew 5:17 "Do not think that I have come to
  abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not
  come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
• John 5:39-40 You diligently study the Scriptures
  because you think that by them you possess
  eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify
  about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have
  life.
• John 5:46-47 If you believed Moses, you would
  believe me, for he wrote about me. But since
  you do not believe what he wrote, how are you
  going to believe what I say?"

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       Many More Passages
• There Are Many More
  Passages, But This Is
  Enough To Make The
  Point Clear.
• Jesus Said He Is The
  One The Prophets
  Foretold Would Be
  Sent By God,
• The Christ Of God.


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      Prophecies Are Fulfilled
• As Mentioned In
  Lesson Two, Jesus
  Fulfilled Prophecies
  And Predictions Made
  Hundreds Of Years In
  Advance.
• He Fulfilled 60 Major
  Prophecies In The
  Old Testament And
  270 Details Of Those
  Prophecies.

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      Prophecies Continue
• Prophecies State That Jesus Would Be
  Betrayed (Psalm 41:9: Matthew 26:20-23)
       – By A Friend (Psalm 41:9)
       – For 30 Pieces Of Silver (Matthew 27:9-10:
         Zechariah 11:12)
       – That Would Be Cast Onto The Floor Of The
         Temple (Zechariah 11:13)
       – And Used To Buy A Potter’s Field (Matthew
         26:10)



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 Using Science Of Probability


• If Jesus Had Just Fulfilled Eight Of The
  Prophecies, The Chances Are 1 In 10 To
  The 17th Power.

• That is 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.



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                      Example
• Suppose We Take That Many Silver Dollars And Lay Them
  On The Face Of Texas.
• They Will Cover All Of The State Two Feet Deep.
• Now Mark One Of Those Silver Dollars And Stir The Whole
  Mass Thoroughly, All Over The State.
• Blindfold A Man And Tell Him That He Can Travel As Far As
  He Wishes, But He Much Pick Up One Silver Dollar And Say
  That This Is The Right One.
• What Chance Would He Have Of Getting The Right One?
• Just The Same Chance That The Prophets Would Have Had
  Of Writing Eight Prophecies And Having Them All Come
  True In Any One Man, Providing They Wrote In Their Own
  Wisdom.
• But They All Came True In Christ!
• The Old Testament Gives Us Plenty Of Evidence To Prove
  That He Is The Messiah.

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                   Remember God’s Plan




Old Testament             New Testament
 History                   4 Gospels
 Law             39        Acts            27
 Poetry         Books      Letters        Books
 Prophecy                  Prophecy           18
             Birth Of Jesus
• God Told Abraham
  (About 2000 BC) That
  Jesus Would Be Born
  Into His Family.

• The Genealogies Of
  Jesus Recorded In
  Matthew And Luke
  Show That To Be
  True (Matthew1:1-16;
  Luke 3:23-38).

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     The Messiah Will Be Born
• In Genesis 49:8-12, God
  Revealed That The
  Messiah Would Be Born
  Into The Tribe Of Judah.
• Revelation 5:5, Refers To
  Jesus As The Lion Of The
  Tribe Of Judah.
• In Micah 5:2, The Prophet
  Says The Promised One
  Would Be Born In
  Bethlehem, And Mathew’s
  And Luke’s Historical
  Records State That
  Bethlehem Was His
  Birthplace (Matthew2:1;
  Luke 2:4-7).                  20
       More Historical Proof
• We Are Told By Isaiah (7:14), 750 Years
  Before Jesus, That He Would Be Born Of
  A Virgin, Just As He Was According To
  The New Testament Record (Matthew
  1:18-25; Luke 1:27).

• In Daniel 9:25, Daniel Foretells That A
  “Prince” Would Come At A Particular Time
  Just As Jesus Did.

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           Jesus’ Trial Predicted

• Isaiah 53 Predicts His
  Trial, Beating, And
  Crucifixion.
• Matthew 26:62-63 And
  Acts 8:32-35 Show
  That Jesus Is The One
  That Isaiah Was
  Writing About.

• Every Prophecy Of The Messiah Was Fulfilled In Jesus. This
Provides An Incredible Amount Of Evidence That Jesus Is Who
He Claimed To Be.                                           22
               God With Us
• Let’s Look At Some Passages That Say Jesus Was
  God In The Flesh.




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• John 1:1-4, 14 “In the beginning was the Word,
  and the Word was with God, and the Word was
  God. He was with God in the beginning. Through
  him all things were made; without him nothing
  was made that has been made. In him was life,
  and that life was the light of men….. The Word
  became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
  We have seen his glory, the glory of the One
  and Only, who came from the Father, full of
  grace and truth”.
• John 17:3-5 “Now this is eternal life: that they
  may know you, the only true God, and Jesus
  Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you
  glory on earth by completing the work you gave
  me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your
  presence with the glory I had with you before the
  world began”.
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         Jesus Makes It Clear
• He Makes It Clear That He Lived With The Father
  Before The World Was Made.

• Jesus Was Not A Created Being.
                     ► He Was The Creator!

• Notice The Plural Nature Of God In Genesis.
           Genesis 1:26
                 "Let US make man in OUR image, in
                 OUR likeness”,


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Jesus Pre-existed With The Father And Became Flesh.
• Matthew 1:23 quoted Isaiah 7:14
             “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a
             sign: The virgin will be with child and will
             give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel”.
In Matthew’s Account, An Angel From Heaven Refers To Jesus
As “God With Us.”

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  Eyewitnesses Were Convinced


• Let’s See The
  Impression Jesus Left
  On People The First
  Time He Met Them And
  They Heard Him Teach.
  Who Did They
  Understand Him To
  Be?



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• John 4:39-42
   “Many of the Samaritans from that town
   believed in him because of the woman's
   testimony, "He told me everything I ever did.“
   So when the Samaritans came to him, they
   urged him to stay with them, and he stayed
   two days. And because of his words many
   more became believers. They said to the
   woman, "We no longer believe just because
   of what you said; now we have heard for
   ourselves, and we know that this man really is
   the Savior of the world."

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• Peter Was One Of The Apostles Who Spent More Time
  With Jesus Than Anyone Else.
            Notice His Conclusion About Jesus Being
            The Christ.

Matthew 16:13-17
  When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he
  asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man
  is?“ They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others
  say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the
  prophets.“ "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do
  you say I am?“ Simon Peter answered, "You are the
  Christ, the Son of the living God.“ Jesus replied,
  "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not
  revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.


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                     Jesus’ Claim
• Jesus Said He Had Given Evidence Of His Claim, And He
  Told Them He Was The Son Of God.

• Jesus Also Said That He And The Father Were One.
John 10:24-33
  The Jews gathered around him, saying, "How long will you
  keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.“
  Jesus answered, "I did tell you, but you do not believe. The
  miracles I do in my Father's name speak for me, but you do
  not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to
  my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them
  eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch
  them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me,
  is greater than all ; no one can snatch them out of my Father's
  hand. I and the Father are one.“ Again the Jews picked up
  stones to stone him, but Jesus said to them, "I have shown
  you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these
  do you stone me?“ "We are not stoning you for any of these,"
  replied the Jews, "but for blasphemy, because you, a mere
  man, claim to be God."
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• John 5:17-18
   Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his
    work to this very day, and I, too, am working.“
    For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to
    kill him; not only was he breaking the
    Sabbath, but he was even calling God his
    own Father, making himself equal with God.


• Jesus Always Referred To God As “My
  Father.” No Jew Had Ever Done That
  Before. They Understood His Claim Was
  To Be Equal With God.
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                        “I AM”
John 8:58-59
  I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham
  was born, I am!“ At this, they picked up stones to stone
  him . . .

• Jesus Referred To Himself In A Timeless Way By Saying
  He Was “I Am.”

• In The Old Testament, That Was A Name God Called
  Himself (Exodus 3:13-14).

• These Jews Knew That Jesus Was Claiming To Be the
  Divine Nature Of God In Human Flesh And For This
  Reason They Opposed Him.
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       Are You The Christ?

Mark 14:61-64
 Again the high priest asked him, "Are you
 the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?“
 "I am," said Jesus.

    At Jesus’ Own Trial, He Made It Clear
    That He Is The Son Of God.



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       Let’s Summarize What
       We’ve Studied So Far.
1. Jesus Truly Is An Historical Character. He Did
   Live. Even Sources Other Than The Bible Say
   So.
2. Jesus Is A Fulfillment Of Prophecy. Everything
   Written About Jesus In The Old Testament
   Was Fulfilled In His Life.
3. The Samaritan Eyewitnesses Said He Was
   The Savior Of The World.
4. Even His Opponents Knew He Claimed To Be
   Of A Divine Nature, Equal With God.
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   The Miracles As Proof of His Claim
John 14:8-11
Philip said, "Lord, show us the
Father and that will be enough for
us.“ Jesus answered: "Don't you
know me, Philip, even after I have
been among you such a long time?
Anyone who has seen me has seen
the Father. How can you say, 'Show
us the Father'? Don't you believe
that I am in the Father, and that the
Father is in me? The words I say to
you are not just my own. Rather, it
is the Father, living in me, who is
doing his work. Believe me when I
say that I am in the Father and the
Father is in me; or at least believe
on the evidence of the miracles
themselves.
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             Jesus Said:
• His Words Were The Father’s Words.
• He Was In The Father And The Father
  Was In Him.
• The Works He Did Were The Father’s
  Works.
• The Works Were The Evidence That Philip
  Needed.


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      On The Day Of Pentecost

• On The Day Of Pentecost,
A Jewish Holiday, When
Thousands Of Jews Were In
Jerusalem.
• God Sent His Spirit To
Empower His Disciples.
• This Was About Fifty Days
After Jesus’ Resurrection.




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           Read What Peter Said
• Peter Was Inspired By
  The Holy Spirit And Said:
Acts 2:22
 "Men of Israel, listen to
  this: Jesus of Nazareth
  was a man accredited by
  God to you by miracles,
  wonders and signs, which
  God did among you
  through him, as you
  yourselves know.
Jesus Was “Accredited” (NIV), “Attested” (RSV), Or Approved”
(KJV) By God With The Miracles God Did Through Him.            38
The Resurrection Proves His Claim
• Peter Continued His Inspired Sermon, Explaining That
  Jesus’ Resurrection Also Proved His Claims To Be
  Divine.

Acts 2:23-24, 32
  This man was handed over to you by God's set purpose
  and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked
  men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But
  God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the
  agony of death, because it was impossible for death to
  keep its hold on him . . . God has raised this Jesus to
  life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.


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    Resurrection Of Jesus Was A
          Witnessed Fact.
• Peter Says That The Resurrection Of Jesus Was A
  Witnessed Fact.
• Paul Tells Us That Over Five Hundred People Saw Him
  After The Resurrection (1Corinthians 15:3-6).
• This Is Important To Note Because These Documents
  Written By Paul And Peter Were Circulated Among The
  Very People That Paul And Peter Say Were Witnesses.
• None Of Them Took His Resurrection As A Statement
  Of Fiction But As Fact.
• The Resurrection Of Jesus Is The One Miracle That
  Truly Proves He Was The Son Of God.



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  Look At What Jesus Said To The Skeptics Who Looked For
           A Sign From Him To Prove His Claim.

• Matthew 12:38-40
  Then some of the
  Pharisees and
  teachers of the law
  said to him, "Teacher,
  we want to see a
  miraculous sign from
  you."


  He answered, "A wicked and adulterous generation asks for
  a miraculous sign! But none will be given it except the sign
  of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and
  three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man
  will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
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    One Sign Would Be Sufficient
  Jesus Said One Sign Would Be Sufficient To Prove His
  Claim, His Resurrection On The Third Day.

John 2:18-22
  Then the Jews demanded of him, "What miraculous sign
  can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?“
  Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple, and I will raise
  it again in three days.“ The Jews replied, "It has taken forty-
  six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in
  three days?“ But the temple he had spoken of was his body.
  After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled
  what he had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the
  words that Jesus had spoken.
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   Again, Jesus Points To His Own Resurrection On The
       Third Day As Proof Of His Authority And Identity.
John 10:17-18
• The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life--only to take it up
   again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have
   authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I
   received from my Father.“

• Jesus Claims That He Has The Authority To Lay Down His Life (As A
  Sacrifice),
• The Authority To Take It Up Again (His Resurrection)
• And That His Father Gave Him That Authority.
• His Resurrection From The Dead Is Proof Of His Authority.

• Romans 1:4 . . . (Jesus) was declared with power to be the Son of God by
  his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.

• His Resurrection Was The Most Important Event Since Creation.
• Paul, In The Above Verse, Says He Was Declared Or Proven To Be The
  Son Of God By His Resurrection From The Dead.
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    Conclusion To Lesson Three
1. There Really Was A Man Named Jesus. History
   Says So.
2. Jesus Perfectly Fulfilled The Old Testament Law
   And Prophets, Everything That God Had Foretold
   About The Messiah’s Coming.
3. Jesus Claimed To Be The Son Of God And His
   Eyewitnesses Agreed.
4. Jesus Proved His Claim By The Miraculous Signs
   He Performed And The Words He Spoke.
5. The Final Proof Of His Claim Was His
   Resurrection From Death On The Third Day.

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       Some Are Still Skeptical
•   Even With All Of This Evidence, Some People Today
    Believe Jesus Was Just A Good Man, But Not The Son
    Of God.
•   Think About What They Are Saying. It Is Impossible For
    Jesus To Be Just A Good Man Because Good Men Do
    Not Tell Those Kinds Of Lies.
•   Jesus Said He Was The Son Of God. He Is Either A Liar
    Or The Son Of God.
•   The Evidence Is Overwhelming.
         •   He Is Both Lord And Christ.
         •   He Is The Son Of God, God Become Flesh, God With Us.

      If He Is The Son Of God, You Must Listen To Him.
         •   He Is Telling You The Truth.
         •   You Must Make Him Lord And Place Him On The Throne
             Of Your Life.
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            Jesus Is The Way
• Jesus Said He Is The
  Only Way To Be With
  God For Eternity (John
  14:6).
• He Is The Living Messiah.
• He Is The Savior.
• He Ascended Back To
  Heaven To Prepare A
  Place For You, And He
  Promised To Come Again
  To Take You Home.


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     Three Major Pillars Of Faith
We Have Now Looked At
The Three Major Pillars Of
The Christian Faith:
                                There Is a God.
             The Bible Is the Word of God.
           Jesus Is The Son Of God.


What You Do With These
Facts Is Your Choice.
May God Richly Bless You
In Your Search For Truth.
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End Of Lesson Three




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