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Nurturing a New Believer

I hope we can all agree that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. To teach that in an evangelistic Bible study or in meeting with a new believer, it makes a lot of sense to draw heavily on the truth that is in Chapters 3-5 of Romans.

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:21-26 ESV)

 

What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh?

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Review & Analysis: “Evangelism and the Intellectual,” from Billy Graham

Billy Graham addressed Harvard University Law Students in 1962. Justin Taylor describes how the audio is a treat to the present day listener: “For those of us whose only image of Dr. Graham is of an older man speaking slowly in a stadium while giving the simple gospel message, it’s quite interesting to listen to the 43-year-old evangelist quoting contemporary psychologists and playrights and philosophers as he seeks to explain sin, atonement, conversion, and meaning to an audience of skeptics.”

This is my analysis, observations, and takeaways from the surprisingly relevant lecture.

In an address to intellectuals about how Christian evangelism interacts with “the intellectual,” Billy Graham is very transparent and direct. As his speech will reveal, he is quite aware that there are likely many in the room who do not think much of the authority or relevance of Scripture. To make a case for the relevance of the gospel, Graham demonstrates that society—and humanity—has a problem.

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