Great Questions Q&A Panel + MADE: to Teach | Genesis 1-3, 2 Timothy 2:24-26

To help us deepen our theology and be equipped on how to engage with others in an intelligent and winsome way, John Elmore sat down with the Great Questions Ministry Panel to train us on the top four questions and biblical answers directly related to the MADE series in Genesis 1-3.

John Elmore, Cassidy Webber, Brett Bruster, Steven Ateek, Alan BeamSep 25, 2022

In This Series (15)
Made to Work | Genesis 3:17-19
Timothy "TA" AteekDec 4, 2022
Made to Gospel Our Relationships | Genesis 3:12-13
John ElmoreNov 27, 2022
Made for a World Without Shame | Genesis 3:7-11
Timothy "TA" AteekNov 20, 2022
Made for a Different World | Genesis 3:1-7
John ElmoreNov 13, 2022
Made for Relationships: Marriage | Genesis 2:18-25
Timothy "TA" AteekNov 6, 2022
Made for Relationship | Genesis 2:18-20
John ElmoreOct 30, 2022
Made to Rest | Genesis 2:1-3
John ElmoreOct 23, 2022
Made to Flourish | Genesis 2:4-25
Blake HolmesOct 16, 2022
God’s Heart for The Nations | Revelation 7:9-17
Timothy "TA" AteekOct 9, 2022
Made in the Image of God | Genesis 1:26-27
Timothy "TA" AteekOct 2, 2022
Great Questions Q&A Panel + MADE: to Teach | Genesis 1-3, 2 Timothy 2:24-26
John Elmore, Cassidy Webber, Brett Bruster, Steven Ateek, Alan BeamSep 25, 2022
How to Hear From God | Genesis 1:1-31
Timothy "TA" AteekSep 18, 2022
The Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit | Genesis 1:1-5
John ElmoreSep 11, 2022
To Know God is to Worship God | Genesis 1:3-25
John ElmoreAug 28, 2022
Is Your God Too Small? | Genesis 1:1-2
Timothy "TA" AteekAug 21, 2022

You were made to teach, proclaim, and reach those who have not heard the gospel. The Great Questions Ministry panel helps us to see what it looks like to be prepared to give a defense of the hope that is within us. Our aim is not to be greater debaters but to help us be faithful missionaries.

  • Question One: How can you say as a Christian that your God is the one true God? (Genesis 1:1)
    • All major world religions make exclusive claims that contradict all the core truths of other religions. Only Jesus claimed to be the Son of God (John 14:6).
    • Christianity is rooted in history. The Bible was written over 1,500 years, by 40 authors, in three different languages, and across three continents, yet it is a cohesive and unified story about a relational God coming to rescue His people.
    • There is evidence of Jesus’ resurrection (Mark 14:50, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11).
  • Question Two: How can you believe the Bible is the Word of God and no other “holy” book is true? (Genesis 1-3 and the entire canon of Scripture)
    • The Bible has internal attestation to being the Word of God – Scripture was produced by God by means of the Holy Spirit working through humans (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20).
    • Prophecy – Uniquely to the Bible, there are hundreds of future telling prophecies in the Bible, many of which have already been fulfilled. The prophecy in Isaiah about Jesus could not have been edited after His life. It is found precisely as we have it today in the Dead Sea Scrolls (circa 100 BC), predating the time of Christ (Isaiah 53:1-12).
    • Archaelogy – There is architectural evidence for Scripture being rooted in history. The pagan inscriptions of the Tel Dan Stele note the nation of Israel and the House of King David, verifying the biblical account of the divide of the kingdom (1 Kings 12:1-33).
  • Question Three: Isn’t faith in God and Creationism contradictory to everything we now know from modern science, the Big Bang, and evolutionary theory? (Genesis 1-2)
    • Faith is not blind faith, but belief on verifiable evidence.
    • Science is not meant to answer the “why?” questions. These questions are questions of philosophy.
    • Something created us or nothing created us.
    • Something/Someone timeless, spaceless, immaterial, powerful, and personal created us, and it points to the God of the Bible.
    • Why is there life rather than non-life? Order rather than chaos? Design rather than randomness? Something rather than nothing? Morality vs Relativism? Consciousnessness?
    • Without faith in God, any worldview without Him leads to irrationality.
    • Ultimately, all know God exists from what has been created; existence of God and His creative work is not an intellectual issue, but a heart issue by suppressing truth in personal wickedness (Romans 1:8-32).
  • Question Four: How can you tell me God is good when there is so much evil in the world? And if He created everything, doesn’t that mean He created evil? (Genesis 3:1-24)
  • We must begin by defining what is evil. God is the standard of good, and anything that goes against the nature of God is evil (Romans 2:15).
  • God created humans to love Him, and love requires having a free will (Genesis 3:22).
  • Free will means we have the choice to follow God’s way or do evil (sin). All have sinned (Romans 3:23). If God was to do away with all evil, no single person would remain. Instead, He made a path of redemption for those who commit evil.
  • God’s mercy provided a way for us to be restored (Romans 5:8).
  • Does God care? Yes! God is love (1 John 4:8, 1 John 4:16).
  • One day, God will remove all evil, pain, sorrow, and suffering (Revelation 21:4)

In John Elmore’s closing sermon, MADE: to Teach, he challenges us on what being made to teach actually looks like in our lives. He explored the attributes, actions, and aim of the Lord’s servants.

  • Attributes – We are to be the Lord’s servants and do His bidding (2 Timothy 2:24).
    • We are not to be quarrelsome. If you are arguing, you have broken the command of God.
    • We are to be kind, patient, and gentle to everyone.
    • We no longer live for ourselves, but for God.
  • Actions – We are called to teach no matter what evil comes against us, and we are to do so with the love of Christ (2 Timothy 2:24-25).
    • To be able to teach, we must be taught so we may share our hope with others through courageous faith and missional living.
    • If you are sharing your faith, you will be met with evil. The call is not to avoid evil but to endure evil, only by leaning into our Lord to do so.
    • Be gentle in correction, but doing so requires conversations rooted in relationship.
  • Aim – We are a people who set our aim on winning souls, not arguments (2 Timothy 2:25-26).
    • The wise are those who win souls (Proverbs 11:30).
    • Only God (not you) grants the lost repentance and knowledge of the truth.
    • Only God can bring the dead alive. You can only scatter the seed and water seed; He gives the growth (1 Corinthians 3:7).
    • The lost are not your enemy. They have been taken captive by your enemy.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • Of the four major questions discussed by the Great Questions panel, which one have you struggled with the most and why?
  • What can you do today to engage with your neighbors, co-workers, family, friends, etc. in an intelligent winsome way to defend the faith and reach others for Christ?
  • After praying, who do you sense God wanting you to have a conversation of faith with?