Love Joy Church
Part 2 - Is The Bible Reliable?
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  • Love Joy Church
    5423 Genesee St, Lancaster, NY 14086, USA
    Sunday 10:00 AM
1) The Internal Test
The internal test asks the question, “What does the document claim for itself?”

2 Peter 1:16 (NLT)For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes.

Acts 2:32 (NLT)God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this.

1 John 1:1-2 (NLT)We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us.
2) The External Test

The external test asks the question “What does the outside evidence say about the Bible?”

43 sources and authors mention Jesus, and all of them reveal a storyline congruent with the New Testament.

We have 10 known non-Christian writers who mention Jesus within 150 years of his life.

By contrast, over the same 150 years, there are nine non-Christian sources that mention the Roman emperor Tiberius Caesar at that time of Jesus.

Jesus is mentioned more than the Roman emperor if we just look at non-Christian sources. If you include Christian sources the numbers are even more inflated Jesus is mentioned 43 times to the emperors 10 times.



3) The Bibliographic Test

The bibliographic test asks the question, “How well were the original documents translated to today?”

The Iliad by Homer has 643 copies.

Caesar has 10 copies

Plato’s Republic has 7 copies.

The New Testament has nearly 15,000 copies.

The earliest discovered manuscripts of Homer’s Iliad is about 500 years, others have gaps of about 1,000 years. The New Testament gap is about 25 years.


The odds of these eight specific prophecies happening to one person are 1 in 1,000,000,000,000,000,000.

eBulletin - September 2, 2018
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UPCOMING EVENTS

SEPTEMBER 2 // CONNECT GROUP SUNDAY
Meet the Connect Group leaders in the Café after the service. All participants receive a coupon for a FREE item from the Café.

SEPTEMBER 5, 6:30PM // FW: MOVIE NIGHT
Movie Night & Candy Bar. 'I Can Only Imagine' & 'Galaxy Buck' for the kids. Start time is 6:30PM for this 2-hour movie.

SEPTEMBER 15, 10:00AM // NEXT STEP BRUNCH
Enjoy delicious food, get to know all about our plans for the future, and what “next step” you can take to become a member. RSVP in the lobby.

SEPTEMBER 16 // BACK TO CHURCH SUNDAY
Back to Church Sunday is a wonderful way to connect family, friends, and neighbors with the church.

SEPTEMBER 16, 5:00PM // CHOSEN YOUTH GROUP
Back to School Kick-off Party with dinner, games & team building. Open to all middle & high school students, grades 6-12.

Audio Podcast

An Audio Podcast of each talk will be available here within 24 hours after the live event.

http://www.lovejoy.org/audio-podcast/

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https://lovejoy.infellowship.com/OnlineGiving/GiveNow/Step1