Did Jesus really claim to be God? Did Christ literally rise from the dead? Is the account of His life accurate and worthy of trust? In the age of social media, skepticism and doubt, the conversation about Jesus in the public square has never been more divided. Do you feel equipped to answer questions about faith in Christ?
On Saturday, September 19 from 9 am – 3 pm Watermark’s Dallas campus will host “Who Do You Say That I Am? Answering Essential Questions about Jesus of Nazareth.”The goal of the event is to equip people with tools to answer the following questions: What are the earliest sources for Christianity? How can we trust that the Gospels give us a reliable account of the historical Jesus? Did Jesus really rise from the dead? How should all of this affect the way I live? Some of the brightest minds in Christian apologetics will speak about the life of Christ, including: Dr. Justin Bass, Dr. Darrell Bock, Dr. Mike Licona, Dr. Dan Wallace and Nathan Wagnon (see biographical information below).
The challenge to believers today is that many critics reduce Jesus to an answer rather than the answer and from God’s Son to merely a good man or prophet. As believers, it’s our job to develop a solid understanding of the historical evidence and biblical truth behind the claims of Christ.
“Becoming well-versed in answering commonly asked questions about Christ moves us beyond being on defense in the face of skeptics,” said Dr. Justin Bass. “It strengthens our faith and allows us to engage proactively with others about what we believe. Jesus made exclusive claims. He cannot be reduced to being one of many saviors. There is no room for middle ground.”
On September 18 at 6:30 pm, Dr. Bass will debate author and self-proclaimed agnostic, Dr. Bart Ehrman. The event
is open to everyone, and the tickets are free. (Location: Collin College, Preston Ridge Conference Center in Frisco). Dr. Ehrman has written five best-selling books questioning everything from the deity of Christ to the authenticity and accuracy of Scripture. The conference the next day at Watermark will allow Dr. Bass and others to continue the conversation about the resurrection of Jesus, the reliability of Scripture and other issues foundational to the Christian faith.
“Who do you say Jesus is? It’s the most important question we will ever answer,” said Nathan Wagnon. “When we waver on essential things like the historical claims of Christ, we’re on shaky ground. I can’t imagine a better use of a Saturday than to solidify our understanding of Jesus as God’s Son and our resurrected Lord and Savior.”
Who Do You Say That I Am? Answering Essential Questions about Jesus of Nazareth
Saturday, September 19 • 9 am – 3 pm • Watermark’s Dallas campus • 7540 LBJ Freeway • Dallas, TX 75251
Dr. Justin W. Bass: Lead Pastor of 1042 Church in Frisco and Professor at Dallas Christian Seminary and Dallas Theological Seminary
Dr. Bass received his Undergraduate Business degree from Southern Methodist University, his Masters of Theology, and Doctorate in New Testament Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. His recent book is entitled The Battle for the Keys: Revelation 1:18 and Christ’s Descent into the Underworld.
Dr. Darrell Bock: Executive Director of Cultural Engagement
and Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas
Dr. Bock has earned recognition as a Humboldt Scholar (Tübingen University in Germany) and as author of over 30 books, including well regarded commentaries on Luke and Acts, studies of the historical Jesus, and work in cultural engagement as host of the Seminary’s Table Podcasts. Additionally, his articles appear in leading publications, and he often is an expert for the media on NT issues.
Dr. Mike Licona: Director of Risen Jesus, Inc. and Associate Professor in Theology at Houston Baptist University
Dr. Licona specializes in the Resurrection of Jesus and in the literary analysis of the Gospels as Greco-Roman biographies. He has authored and co-authored several books including The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach and The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus. Additionally, Dr. Licona has participated in several debates defending the historicity of the resurrection.
Dr. Dan Wallace: Senior Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary
Dr. Wallace, a four-generation Californian, former surfer, and pastor, is a member of the Society of New Testament Studies, has written, edited, or otherwise contributed to more than twenty books, and has published articles in New Testament Studies, Novum Testamentum, Biblica, Westminster Theological Journal, and the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. He is also the executive director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts, an institute whose initial purpose is to preserve Scripture by taking digital photographs of all known Greek New Testament manuscripts.
Nathan Wagnon: Director of Equipping & Apologetics at Watermark Community Church
Nathan received his Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary and is currently working toward his doctorate in Christian Discipleship at the Talbot School of Theology. He combined his military experience as an infantryman with his theological training and mentoring background to write Checkpoints: A Tactical Guide to Manhood, a mentoring tool for young men.
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