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Saturday Snapshot

College-age students from as far away as California attended an apologetics seminar last weekend, led by Sean McDowell, in which they learned about the truth and evidence behind Christianity.

Many of those in attendance are currently in college, or college is in their near future, so this time of digging into God’s Word and understanding why they believe what they believe was very helpful as they head off to school in the Fall.

Not only did the participants enjoy solid Biblical teaching, but they enjoyed fellowship with one another and lots of good food!

Following are a few pictures to give you a glimpse of their time here.

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Sean McDowell teaching on how to defend your faith in college.
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There was no shortage of food over the weekend and the desserts were divine!
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Charades and board games during free time.
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A perfect day for a hike to the overlook.
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Every step up the mountain was worth this spectacular view.

Click here to see a current schedule of seminars at The Cove.

Guest Post: What Does It Mean to Have Faith in God?

By Sean McDowell

Sean McDowell, Bible teacher, author, and educator in San Juan Capistrano, CA, will be teaching on “The Faith” Is Not Blind at The Cove on July 12-14, 2013.

Sean McDowellWhat Does It Mean to Have Faith in God?

A few summers ago I spoke at a camp in Northern California. Topics for the week included intelligent design, the reliability of Scripture, and the historical resurrection of Jesus. On the last day of camp, a young Christian woman complained that if I proved the existence of God then there would be no room for faith.

Although she meant well, she was deeply confused about the nature of faith. She had a view similar to Mark Twain, who famously defined faith as “believing something you know ain’t so.” Many people today understand faith as a blind act of the will regardless of the evidence. But the Bible has a very different understanding of faith. Biblical faith is a trust in God because He has shown Himself to be trustworthy and dependable.

Understood this way, we see that faith in God is not unlike the faith we put in other people. The more evidence we find that someone is truly kind, honest, and dependable, the more likely we are to trust him or her. I did not put my “faith” in my wife when I first met her. Rather, I spent time getting to know her, learning about her passions in life, and examining her character. After spending much time with her I was convinced that she was (and still is!) a trustworthy person who I want to be with for the rest of my life.

The same is true with faith in God. He wants us to get to know Him so we can see that He is trustworthy. In fact, God expects faith from us because He’s given us good evidence of His dependable character, as when He showered Egypt with miracles before inviting Israel to follow Him into the wilderness (Ex 7–14). Rather than asking Israel for blind allegiance, God performed miracles through Moses so they could have a reasonable faith in Him. Miracles were done so the people would believe in God and His servant Moses (Ex 14:31).

God frequently performed miracles in the Bible so people would have confidence in His character. Before healing the paralytic, Jesus said, “But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” (Mk 2). Jesus healed the man so people would know He spoke with authority from above. Jesus did miracles because He was good, but also as confirmation of His identity. John says Jesus’ miracles were recorded “so that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name” (Jn 20:31).

Faith isn’t something we exercise just once. We need faith daily. It is a mistake to trust God for the “big” things of heaven (like salvation) but not the “little” things on earth (like daily guidance). God invites us to trust him moment by moment for all of our concerns. He is a well-seasoned guide who never leads us astray. We can follow God’s Son Jesus because He is the smartest, most powerful person around, and He loves us beyond all measure.

To register for “The Faith” Is Not Blind seminar with Sean McDowell on July 12-14, call 1-800-950-2092 or click here.

Free Webcast TONIGHT!

Join us online tonight at 7:15pm ET for the first session of Bob Coy’s seminar, From Fear to Faith…for FREE! 

Everyone is afraid of something—often it’s snakes, heights, or public speaking. But worry and fear of success, rejection, and failure often inhibit God’s people from experiencing His very best. The fruit of fear is debilitating, destructive, and demonic—it’s one of the enemy’s favorite tools to keep God’s children out of the Promised Land. Come delve into God’s Word, and immerse your heart and mind in the perfect love that casts out fear. Learn ways to win over the enemy’s schemes and discover God’s full purpose for your life. 

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