Community Church of Portage Lakes
The Attack Against the Gospel, Jesus and the Resurrection- Responding To The Objections of Skeptics - Week 4
Sunday evening study with Pastor Mike
Locations & Times
    Sunday 6:30 PM
  • Community Church of Portage Lakes
    3260 Cormany Road, Akron, OH 44319, USA
    Sunday 6:30 PM
About the study
How do you feel when you face the prospect of discussing issues of faith with someone who is a skeptic, or even a self-proclaimed opponent to the Christian faith? Far too many Christians feel intimidated, and/or ill prepared. Some even fear these discussions out of a concern that their faith won’t hold up to the arguments against it.

First, it is vital for us as followers of Christ to know that our faith is rooted in truth. It’s not just spiritual truth, but ultimate truth. And since it is the case, our faith will ultimately hold up against any critique, objection, or argument. It is essential for our own faith that we are secure in the truthfulness of what we believe

Beyond that, the Bible teaches that as followers of Christ, we should seek to know our faith to a degree that we are able to answer the objections of skeptics. Colossians 4:5-6 teaches that we should, “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” The New Living Translation puts the command of verse 6 into language that is more relatable, calling us to “Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.”

The goal of this class is to help you become more confident in the truthfulness of your faith. This will enable you to not only to stand strong when facing the objections of skeptics, but also to be able to give the right response to each person. We will be looking at questions that skeptics will often use to attack the Christian faith in a number of areas, from science, to history, to morality. In answering these objections, it is important that we have both an answer against the attack that Christianity is false, as well as a positive argument for the truthfulness of our faith.

Throughout this class Pastor Mike will mention numerous resources that dive deeper into the subjects he is teaching on. Some of these resources our video teaching series available on Right Now Media. Right Now Media is a video streaming service focused on Bible studies and Christian teaching. Some have described it like a Netflix for Bible studies.

Community Church of Portage Lakes has a church membership to Right Now Media that allows us two offer a full access membership to everyone associated with our church without charge. If you have not yet signed up for Right Now Media, and would like to, please email Jaime at the church office, telling her you would like access to this video library. You can email her at

She will email you back an invitation from Right Now Media to join in our membership. Follow the instructions in that email, or you can call the church office for help if you need it.

This is an incredible resource with a huge library. We hope that you will take advantage of this resource not only for the material recommended in this class, but also for other Bible studies and video classes.
How to interact
Text questions to 330-644-6121 or if you are in person you can walk up to microphones at the front.
Responding to the Objections of Skeptics
Week 4; The Attack Against the Gospel, Jesus and the Resurrection
1. Objection; The Gospels are _________________ that make outrageous religious claims that are __________________
a. Truth response; The gospels are very intentional about presenting themselves as _____________________________
b. Truth response; The gospels ____________ as true by historical standards
History, by nature isn’t _______________, but it is verifiable
What should be ________________ we use to evaluate the Bible’s truthfulness?
A key question is then can we know that ___________________________
2. Objection; The New Testament accounts are __________ about Jesus that were ____________
Truth response; All the New Testament books were written _________________
3. Objection; The Gospels are stories about Jesus that were ________________
Truth Response: The Gospels were written as ______________________
4. Objection; Jesus was just a __________________ that other later followers tried to _____________________
Truth response; Jesus made such incredible claims that our only options are _____________
5. Objection; The Gospels are proven to be unreliable because they are _________________
Truth response; The four Gospels often offer different perspectives of a story that ______________________
When there are multiple witnesses, ________________________ in the story give validity to the storytellers
6. Objection; The disciples __________________ about Jesus deity after his death to create a religion where they would be the head
Truth response; There are multiple things about the gospels that would be ______________________
By far the most important event in Jesus’ life, upon which his whole story, and the whole Gospel message rests, is the resurrection. If Jesus really did rise from the dead, then everything else about him and his story is proven true, while if he didn’t, then everything else about him and his story is proven false
7. Objection; Jesus didn’t really __________________
a. Truth response; the evidence of the _________________
i. He didn’t die on the cross, but _____________, and then ___________
ii. The disciples ________________ and made up the story
iii. His body is ____________________
b. Truth response; There were over _____________________
c. Truth response; The ________________________________ demonstrate the truth of their claims
People won’t willingly give their life for _________________________

I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist; By Norman Geisler and Frank Turek

To some, the concept of having faith in a higher power or a set of religious beliefs is nonsensical. Indeed, many view religion in general, and Christianity in particular, as unfounded and unreasonable. Norman Geisler and Frank Turek argue, however, that Christianity is not only more reasonable than all other belief systems, but is indeed more rational than unbelief itself. With conviction and clear thinking, Geisler and Turek guide readers through some of the traditional, tested arguments for the existence of a creator God. They move into an examination of the source of morality and the reliability of the New Testament accounts concerning Jesus. The final section of the book deals with a detailed investigation of the claims of Christ. This volume will be an interesting read for those skeptical about Christianity, as well as a helpful resource for Christians seeking to articulate a more sophisticated defense of their faith.
Video Series on Right Now Media

If you need access to Right Now Media please call Jaime in the office at 330-644-6121

The Case for Christ; by Lee Strobel

In this revised and updated bestseller, The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel cross-examines a dozen experts with doctorates from schools such as Cambridge, Princeton, and Brandeis, asking hard-hitting questions--and building a captivating case for Christ's divinity.

Cold-Case Christianity

By J. Warner Wallace