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May 8: Is Allah the Same God of the Bible? (John 1:1-18)

Adult Education

This Sunday Nik Lingle will continue a series called Making Sense of Christ and the Spirit at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament book of Leviticus).

John 1:1, 14, 18

[1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
[14] And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
[18] No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.

John 17:1-5

[1] When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, [2] since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. [3] And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. [4] I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. [5] And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

Sermon Summary

The claim of Islam is that it proclaims the same God of the Bible. But to deal with the question effectively, what needs to be asked is the difference between Islam and Christianity rather than the similarity. John's Prologue to his Gospel exposes the uniqueness of the biblical God, and his epilogue just before the events of the crucifixion give us the assurance regarding this uniqueness.

Review and Apply

     1.  What is the uniqueness of the Biblical message that stands as the main difference with Islam?
     2.  What are the titles of Christ in John's Prologue, especially as seen in John 1:1, 14, 18?
     3.  How is the relationship betwen the Father and the Son described in John's Prologue?
     4.  Where is the Holy Spirit in John's Prologue?
     5.  What gives us the assurance of the unique biblical revelation as seen in 17:1-5?