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Series: Luis Palau | Handling Objections

This week on “Reaching Your World with Luis Palau,” Luis helps us answer the objections many people have about following Christ.   Find out how to answer sceptics’ questions this week.

Words Matter Friday, July 19, 2019

For the first 27 years of my life, as a boy and then a young man, I completely turned my back on God. Like so many, I was consuming alcohol and partying in an attempt to fill the emptiness I felt inside.  I hardened my heart to Christianity. But even then, I could not deny that there was something different about my friends and family who were walking with Jesus, compared to what I saw all around in my life of partying. But recognizing those differences alone wasn’t enough to change me. Thankfully, my mother and father and others who knew me, didn’t give up talking to me about the greatness of Jesus whenever they had the chance. They lovingly counseled me time and time again, until I was finally able to clearly see God’s love. In Romans 15:18 Paul says, “I don’t speak about anything except what Christ has done through me to bring about the obedience of the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done.”

The point is clear - to direct people to Jesus by our actions, in combination with our words. We must actually talk about the Good News in order for people to really hear and respond! If nobody had ever talked to me about God’s love and redemption, then how could I have ever responded to Him and had my life turned around? Mark 16:15 says, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” So let’s do just that! Let’s share the life-changing Good News of Jesus with someone today.             

This is Andrew Palau.

God can't Forgive Me Thursday, July 18, 2019

A couple of churches set up tents in a downtown square with signs encouraging people to come in if they needed prayer. A young disheveled man came to one of the tents and began to complain about how terrible he was. He told about all the bad things in life he’d done. How he wasn’t forgivable. No matter what the followers of Christ shared with him he wouldn’t believe it. 

This young man was objecting to the good news because he didn’t believe he could be forgiven. When I encounter these kinds of people, I like to share the stories of King David and the apostle Paul. David had a man killed because of a woman and yet God still forgave him when he repented, which he did. Paul was a militant and murderous opponent of the early church until Christ appeared to him. Paul went on to be one of the most fruitful missionaries of all time.

The man in the square had seeds of faith planted in his heart that day. He sat with people who wanted to love and encourage him. As we reach out to people like this man share the redemptive stories of the Bible like Paul and David. It helps to counter the misconceptions that their sins aren’t forgivable.  And share your own story also – how Jesus came to earth to set us all free, and how He set you free when you believed in Him.

This is Luis Palau.

I'm not a Bad Person Wednesday, July 17, 2019

There are countless people who believe because they’ve been good people they don’t need Jesus. The good news sounds like something for people who have done really bad things in life and need forgiveness. I heard of a family that thought going to church on Christmas and Easter was enough. They lived good lives and were very nice people. But even this family is in need of Jesus Christ in their lives. Good works and church-going aren’t tickets to heaven.

The Bible says in Ephesians 2, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.” Many times when reaching our world we encounter people who believe they don’t need Jesus because they are good people. Sometimes I like to ask them if they’ve ever told a little white lie. Other times I try to explain that it’s not being good or bad, it’s about believing Jesus died for you and rose from the dead.

Many people have difficulty grasping the concept that Jesus offers salvation as a free gift. Being a follower of Christ isn’t about having good works to outweigh the bad ones. Rather it’s a relationship with the Son of God that comes when you repent and believe in Him. This is the Good News that you can share with a friend today.

This is Luis Palau.

Aren't there lots of Ways to God? Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Gail invited her teenage son’s friend to church recently. The friend really enjoyed the sermon about heaven and was very touched by his experience. After the service Gail asked him if he was ready to receive Christ as his Savior. The boy asked Gail if he could be like the guy in the movie Life of Pi and accept all religions. He liked the idea that there were many ways to God. Gail gently told him no, and pointed him to Jesus Christ.

These days the idea of multiple ways to find God has become a common objection to the Good News. Many are tired of the conflict among religions and think the solution is to accept them all. As nice as that idea might sound it is not. In John 14, Jesus clearly said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Most world religions don’t even believe there’s a heaven.  How could they take us to such a place then?

Jesus could say He is the way because He is the only one who died so that we can have forgiveness of sin and the assurance of eternal life. It’s Jesus who rose from the dead and lives in us today to give us His power. So when our friends talk about finding their own way to God, let’s carefully and respectfully share the Good News of Jesus Christ with them.

This is Luis Palau.

Why does God let Bad Things Happen? Monday, July 15, 2019

Besides my own salvation, my father’s death has impacted my ministry more than anything else in my entire life. When he died I was devastated. I was angry at everyone and everything. Like many others when bad happen in their life, I asked God “why?” Why couldn’t my dad die in old age like everyone else?  I was ten years old when the Lord took him.

Many question why bad things happen if God is good. This is one of the most frequent objections people have to accepting the Good News. People don’t understand when the Bible says, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” Christ doesn’t promise us a life where nothing bad happens. But He does promise to work it all for good.

The summer my father died I questioned my mother for information about heaven and Jesus Christ. I was only ten myself, and I was angry. But my father’s early death helped me settle the things of eternity in my own heart. Don’t shy away from someone who objects to the Good News because they are asking “why?” Instead let’s point out that although Christ didn’t promise a problem-free life, He did promise He would work it all towards our good.

This is Luis Palau.

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Luis has many online resources available for you which can give further teaching and inspiration.  Our website is www.palau.org.  There, go to “Resources” and then “Articles.”  You will find such titles as “God’s Promises for You," and "Why I’m Excited for Heaven."

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