Volume 07 | July 2018
The Apologetics Newsletter
of the Missouri Baptist Convention
In this issue: Robert Bowman headlines upcoming conference; the doctrine of the Incarnation; new resource from the MBC; Jesus as the God-Man; apostates masquerading as Christians ... and more!
Robert Bowman headlines upcoming conference
Theologian Robert Bowman is the featured speaker at “Witnesses Now for Jesus – Midwest,” a regional apologetics conference that features sound Bible teaching and testimonies from former Jehovah’s Witnesses, July 27-28 at Sonrise Baptist Church in Bonne Terre, Mo.

Admission is free but pre-registration is requested by contacting Charles Smith at 314-277-3866 or wnfjmidwest@yahoo.com. 

The doctrine of the Incarnation
The doctrine of the Incarnation – God becoming a human in Jesus of Nazareth – is central to Christianity. Get it wrong and many other non-negotiable doctrines of the Christian faith quickly veer into counterfeit territory.

New resource from the MBC
Last month, the MBC released a new resource for personal or group study. What Every Christian Should Know About Salvation explores 12 Bible terms that describe God's work of redemption. Each chapter concludes with summary statements and probing questions that help individuals and groups dive deeper into the crucial doctrine of salvation.

Jesus as the God-Man
If Jesus is the God-Man, fully divine and fully human, how are we to understand the way in which these two natures work together? When Jesus is walking the earth, is He partly divine and partly human? Does He toggle back and forth between deity and humanity? Or is He simply an extraordinary human who is able to exhibit divine powers?

Is the rebel spirit alive today?
False teachers in the 21st century have a lot in common with Old Testament scoundrels Cain, Balaam, and Korah. They redefine God's work of salvation, peddle prophecy for profits, and exalt themselves above the authorities Christ has ordained for His church. For example, let's consider proponents of today's Prosperity Gospel.

Can apostates be Christians?
Of all the terms Jude uses to describe false teachers – ungodly, dreamers, dangerous reefs, waterless clouds, wild waves of the sea, wandering stars, and discontented grumblers, to name a few – he stops short of calling them apostates. Yet that is what they are. Hey Jude, what gives?

What do you believe is the single most pressing issue in Southern Baptist churches today?
Calvinism / Reformed Theology
The name "Southern Baptist"
Racial reconciliation
Gender issues
Moral failures among church and denominational leaders
Waning support of cooperation at the local, state, and national levels
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