Over the past five years I have had the privilege to dig into the study of how we know what we know as Christ followers. A lot of times your friends say to you when you share about Jesus' love for them, "well, that's your opinion and I respect that, but it's not my opinion" even after you have shared evidence for why Jesus is Savior. Perhaps you used a Josh McDowell book on evidence for Christianity. Perhaps you have handed out Lee Strobel's The Case for a Creator.
Still, a perceptive unbeliever in Jesus will want to know: 'I see Jesus is probable, and you believe in him, but how do I know that Jesus is really Savior?' Or perhaps a postmodern neighbor would say 'how do I know Jesus will save me?' These are questions what is called 'epistemology' the topic of how we know what we know.
I'll be doing some posts on this topic of how we know what we claim we know for a new book I've just published with a division of Thomas Nelson known as Westbow Press.
But to just get the ball rolling, here is a link to the new book below. The book provides what is a way forward rather than gridlock on better responses to your friends and neighbors about why they too should trust Jesus as Savior (I'm simplifying the topic a lot, but this book both accessible and also can take you beyond where you are on this at present, it deals with the question in depth as well). You can do more than just point to Bible study methods and some evidence, and on the other hand, what your community believes in Christ. There is a way for theology to relate to your philosophy, so that you can better engage friends with the good news of Jesus.
Right now there is a softcover and hardcover edition. Amazon and Barnes and Noble will start to have a digital / kindle edition soon too. Also, if you want an autographed copy, feel free to contact me, and I'll get you a copy for 10 dollars if I hand it to you, or 11 dollars if I ship it anywhere in the US to you at book rate via United States Postal Service.
It's my hope that this book fills a niche for Christ followers wondering how to best relate to neighbors while sharing what we understand to be actual knowledge of the truth. There are insights I think God will bless you with in this project gone to press!
Know Why You Know, 2013.