Chapter 5: Who Was Jesus and What Was His Purpose?

Text: The Reason Why Faith Makes Sense by Mark Mittelberg, Tyndale House, Carol Stream IL, 2011. ISBN 978-1-4143-1581-2

After viewing the video A Short Course in Apologetics 5, please read Chapter 5 of the text, Who Was Jesus and What Was His Purpose? and give short answers to the following questions:

  1. In the author’s phrase, what was Jesus basic claim about himself as God’s Son? (p. 61)
  2. What is Jesus’s other name for himself that skeptics often cite, from where is it drawn and what is its significance?
  3. What is the first alternative to Jesus being who he claimed to be?
  4. What is the second?
  5. What is the third?
  6. What refutations do you find most convincing, if any?
  7. Did Jesus explain his mission in the words of the New Testament? Where?
  8. Philippians 2:6-11 presents some of the highest Christology in the NT. In short, what does it tell us about  Jesus’s origins and the purpose and end result of his suffering?