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One of the greatest expressions of worship and adoration was written by George Handel. He called his oratorio Messiah. During the Christmas season, we often hear it sung or played but many listeners do not realize that the entire text of this musical masterpiece is drawn from Scripture - and it includes many of the Old Testament passages that shaped Israel's hope for their Redeemer. Join us to learn how to enhance your enjoyment by playing a recording of significant sections of the Messiah as part of your Bible study.
Who was in the manger that first Christmas morning? Some say he would become a great moral leader. Others, a social critic. Still, others view Jesus as a profound philosopher, a rabbi, a feminist, a prophet, and more. Many are convinced he was the divine Son of God. Who was he really? And how can you know for sure? Consulting experts on the Bible, archaeology, and messianic prophecy, our guest, an award-winning legal journalist, searched out the true identity of the child in the manger. If Jesus really was God in the flesh, then there ought to be credible evidence, including:
Eyewitness Evidence - Can the biographies of Jesus be trusted? Scientific Evidence - What does archaeology reveal?
Profile Evidence - Did Jesus fulfill the attributes of God Fingerprint Evidence - Did Jesus uniquely match the identity of the Messiah? Christmas matters in the first place. Somewhere beyond the traditions of the holiday lies the truth.
Douglas Connelly (MDiv and MTh, Grace Theological Seminary) is currently serving as interim pastor at Davison Missionary Church near Flint, Michigan, after twelve years as senior pastor at Parkside Community Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan. A writer and speaker, he has written seventeen LifeGuide Bible Studies as well as several books, including The Bible for Blockheads and Angels Around Us.
Atheist-turned-Christian, Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and currently serves as Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty books including The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, and The Case for a Creator.