Tim Keller at Oxford (1) A Sceptical encounters Jesus

This is the first of 5 messages (+ one Q&A session) given by Tim Keller at Oxford from the Gospel of John of 5 encounters that Jesus has with 5 different individuals. Keller asks, „Why should we do that? And answers, „Here’s a preliminary thought: Everyone has to have a working theory as to what the answers are to the ‘big questions’ YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT THAT WORKING THEORY. The biggest question is: Why get up in the morning, at all? Or, you might have another set of questions: There’s something really wrong with the world. If anything will improve it, or put it right? „.

„Over the next 5 nights I am going to give the Christian answer to these:

  1. Where do we come from?
  2. what’s wrong?
  3. and, what will put us right ?

We will be reading from John 1 and later in John we will be reading at the very end of the 1st chapter about a skeptical student named Nathanael. Back in those days, if you wanted to be a student there were no universities, you attached yourself to a teacher. And, there were a lot of teachers they students attached themselves to and became their disciples. Perhaps the most avant grade teacher about that time was John the Baptist. John the Baptist had some students, one was Andrew who had a brother named Peter. And there was Philip, who had a friend- Nathanael. And what we are going to read about is how one very, very skeptical student Nathanael, had an encounter with Christ.

John 1

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael

43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanaeland told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.

47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” 48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” 49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”

50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”

I want you to notice Nathanel’s:

  1. problem – people of the world look at christianity and dismiss it
  2. his need
  3. his prescription


The messages are given at Oxford’s Town Hall. I will be posting one message per day this week in the following order:

The post below – A Sceptical encounters Jesus

  1. Coming Tuesday – The insider and the outcast encounter Jesus
  2. Coming Wednesday – Two grieving sisters encounter Jesus
  3. Coming Thursday – A wedding party encounters Jesus
  4. Coming Friday – The first Christian encounters Jesus
  5. Coming Saturday – Tim Keller’s Q&A session at Oxford

A Sceptical Student encounters Jesus

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Tim Keller speaks on the Tuesday evening of „This is Jesus”, OICCU’s 2012 main event.

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