(new series beginning this fall)
Pastor Mark will be on the campus of Saddleback College on Tuesdays and Thursdays
in the quad by the Admissions Building.
Look for him at a table as he answers questions from college students about Christianity.
September 28th, 2013
"Giving hope to the Buddhist"
In our last session with Pastor Mark, we discussed the basic principles of Buddhism and how that compares to the gospel of Christ.
Buddhism has four main points:
1. There is suffering
2. Desire creates suffering
3. Remove desire to remove suffering
4. Live an 8-fold path to happiness*
(* more details on this here)
Christianity has this main point:
1. Jesus Christ died on a cross for sinners to forgive their sins and offer them eternal life.
1. Buddhism offers man a way to help him live free from suffering while here on earth;
Christianity offers hope for eternity as well as peace during this life on earth.
2. Buddhism does not answer questions abot sin and death;
Christianity claims Christ paid the price for sin and conquered death so we no longer need to fear it.
3. Buddhism requires man to work toward his own happiness; there is no guarantee this will be achieved, even by monks;
Christianity says all has already been done for you by Jesus, and you simply trust in His word and are free to live doing what makes you happy.
Pastor Mark Jasa with members of Faith Lutheran Church at the August 3rd, 2013 session
We covered the following topics in this class:
• historical objections
• handling rabbit trails
• historicity and other religions
Our last class on May 11 covered topics such as “Why do people go to hell” and “On
good Works”. Pastor Mark Jasa does an excellent job of understanding these issues from
a bibllical perspective. Why do people go to hell? Because they refuse to believe that
heaven is theirs as a free gift won by Jesus Christ on the cross. Similarly, all religions but
Christianity depend on works to gain some favor from God because people refuse to trust in the finished work of Christ
on the cross on their behalf.
Pastor Jasa continually points us to Christ as the approach to sharing our faith with others. Whether it be in the
workplace, in our neighborhood, or anywhere else, we have good news to share: “You have a Savior, Jesus Christ!”.
Please join us for our next class for great discussion and a cheerful atmosphere! A light breakfast is also provided.
"Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world". (John 1:29 )
This verse is one of many that gives us a reason to proclaim the gospel to others: "Your sins are forgiven!"
Our first class basically covered what/when to proclaim the law and/or gospel.
And we discussed what is NOT the gospel.
If you missed the first session with Pastor Mark, we have another opportunity for you!
Saturday, March 9th, 9am-noon is our next class here at Faith Capo Beach in iTrust Hall.
Here are the topics to be covered:
|1. A bit more on law & Gospel / Recap first session
|2. Method: How do we know it is true?
|3. Is this the gospel? (A look at popular American preachers)
|4. Why do people go to hell? Calvinist, Arminian, and Lutheran answers.
|5. On Good Works
Come join Pastor Mark Jasa in his 'Ground School" lectures on
Saturday, February 16th, 2013 in iTrust Hall from 9am to 12pm.
Pastor Jasa will be offering several of his lectures as training on sharing your faith with others, covering topics such as:
The World Is Not As It Should Be
Why Tell Others?
Law & Gospel On The Street
To sign up for this class, please email Pastor Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Ground School, click here
For more information on Pastor Mark's work at ULC, click here
For a list of Pastor Mark's lectures on Evangelism, click here