Golfstat Weekend Devotional
In this video, CGF East Region Director, Korky Kemp, starts up our devotional series answering the top 10 questions students ask our staff. Mark Laesch from Golfstat actually came up with this excellent idea for a video series and we absolutely loved it. Check out Korky’s responses to the first 3.
Today, we’re gonna start a 3-part series on the top 10 questions people ask. Whenever we travel around as College Golf Fellowship staff members–whether it’s at retreats, at PGA Tour Player’s houses, or meeting with teams–a lot of times we’ll have open forums. Or we’ll have people ask questions or write down questions. And these are some of the top questions that people ask.
The three questions today, that we’re gonna cover, are: “Is there a God?” “Is the Bible reliable?” and “What is my purpose in life?” Now, obviously, these are huge questions. And I’m just gonna give a quick answer to each of these. But I encourage you to follow up with your local CGF staff person or to do a little research after this time together…
My prayer with this is that, for people that are seeking–for people that are trying to connect the dots—that there’s gonna be some good, solid information given through this video. And then also, for people who have placed thief faith in God—they believe in Christ—that this would strengthen your faith. And that this would also equip you to have some conversations with your teammates, with your family, with your friends—as, inevitably, these conversations, these topics come up.
1. Is there a God?
[Partial Transcript] If it’s illogical to think that this watch would randomly come about, without a designer and a maker, how much more illogical would it be to think that the human body, that the earth, that the universe, would randomly come about without a designer and a maker? …The complexity of life points to that fact that there is intelligent design… Personally, I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist…
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
There’s great video on YouTube by a guy named Ravi Zachariahs. I encourage you to, if you’re interested in this question (to watch this video): “Ravi on How do you know there is a God?”
2. Is the Bible Reliable?
[Partial Transcript] We can be confident that what we have today is what was originally written… (But) is what was originally written true? …You can test the things mentioned in the Bible. Every archaeological finding matches up with the events of the Bible–whether that’s at war, a kingdom, a person…And, not to mention that you eyewitness accounts. John, one of Jesus’ apostles says in John 19
The man who saw it has given testimony, and his testimony is true. He knows that he tells the truth, and he testifies so that you also may believe (35).
…Even outside of the Bible, you have sources…a Roman governor, a Jewish historian, you have multiple sources out side the Bible that match up with the accounts from inside the Bible. So you have multiple, reliable, corroborating–matching up–eyewitness accounts. So, is what was first written accurate history? I think we can be confident in that.
…Is the Bible inspired by God? You have 40 different authors, many eyewitness accounts, you have a span of 1800 years. You have kings, uneducated men, fishermen, educated men. You’ve all these different types. Different cultures, writing this story that basically tells of God and his redemptive plan for mankind–all matching up…
A great video to watch on YouTube, if you’re interested in this would be Dr. Voddie Baucham: “Why I Believe the Bible.”
3. What is my Purpose in Life?
[Partial Transcript] Our culture today would make the purpose of life today seem to be: Power, money and sex. Or, “The purpose of life is for you to be happy, independent of how that affects other people…” The Bible is gonna propose that the purpose of life is not about you. It’s all about (God)… Scripture doesn’t speak to the person, who, gets as much as they can and dies with the most toys—and whoever dies with the most toys or the most money wins. Scripture’s gonna speak to “the man who loses his life will gain life.”
A great video on this is gonna be on YouTube. A guy named Tim Keller: “On True Happiness.” I encourage you to watch that video.