Ankerberg Monthly Letter August 2014 - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Ankerberg Monthly Letter August 2014

This summer has been a time of important developments at The John Ankerberg Show. Now with resources in 12 languages, we are discovering new opportunities to begin airing our television programs in even more languages around the world.

Our original plan was to make our programs available in the top languages of the world for computers, tablets, and smartphones. With more than 5 billion people expected to own mobile phones in the next 36 months, the goal was to place the gospel and teaching programs on every one of these phones.

Yet God continues to surprise us. In addition to our plans to offer content online and on these phones, several networks are offering us opportunities to air our programs in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Korean, Russian, and Spanish.

Our television programs currently air in English in 206 nations to 2.6 billion potential viewers. With these new outlets, we will be able to broadcast to more than 80% of all television viewers worldwide.

The same programs we make available to you on the evidence for Jesus, the Bible, science, prophecy, and world religions are just as important for those in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. Further, we continue to provide viewers with a translation of the Bible online in more than 829 different languages.

 For those who cannot read, we provide a free audio version of the Bible through our partnership with Faith Comes By Hearing. Our goal is to bring the gospel to every person in the world, making it possible for everyone to hear Bible teaching programs through our ministry.

 

How Can I Help?

You may be thinking, “That sounds exciting, John, but what does this have to do with me?” As believers, each one of us is called to participate in helping other people come to faith in Christ and grow in Him.

How did you come to faith in Jesus? A parent, friend, minister, or some other person was involved in bringing the good news to you for the first time. You probably had many questions along the way as well. Who helped you with those spiritual questions? Where did you go for answers?

Over the years, God has used The John Ankerberg Show to provide the good news and the answers to tough spiritual questions to many people here and overseas. Through television, radio, books, online content, and mobile apps, we work to bring real answers to the tough questions people have about Christianity.

Together, we now have the opportunity to help people in 206 nations to come to faith in Jesus and grow spiritually. People we could never visit in person or communicate with in their language can be saved and hear the truth.

This month, I want to share three ways you can help—and let me encourage you—we do need your help. First, you can support our ministry through requesting this month’s featured package. Second, you can join our mission of taking the good news of Jesus worldwide by becoming a member of the Inner Circle of Friends. Third, you can accelerate our global outreach through a one-time special gift.

 

On Television: “16 Prophecies That Prove Jesus Is the Messiah”

This month, I highly recommend you request and study the information in our two new series “16 Prophecies That Prove Jesus Is the Messiah—Part 1” (four programs available for a gift of $49) and “Part 2” (four programs available for $49).

We have also written two new study guides with extensive notesthat parallel our television series.Each study guideincludes four sessionsand is available for a gift of $8 each, or five or more copies for $5 each.

In addition, this month I am making available to you my book written with Dr. Walter Kaiser and Dr. John Weldon called The Case for Jesus the Messiah. This 230-page book is clear and easy to understand.

Every prophecy we examine includes the following: We present the biblical prophecy; describe the context of the passage; give the explanation of the prophecy; explain why the biblical passage refers to Jesus, and share why this text was recognized by the Jews as Messianic before Jesus lived on earth.

Further, starting with the entire human race, we explain how God increasingly revealed details to narrow the identity of the Messiah to a single individual. These prophecies prove that if Jesus was not the Messiah, then there is no Messiah, and there can be no Messiah.

This conclusion is also proven in a fascinating and definitive manner by our brief yet simple discussion of the mathematical probabilities that the Messianic prophecies were fulfilled in Jesus by chance. If you order our $99 package this month I will include this informative book absolutely free.

 

Join (or Recommit) to the Inner Circle of Friends

When I began this ministry years ago, I challenged friends to consider giving $1 per day—$30 per month—to help present and defend the gospel to many people across our country. Their faithful support has allowed us to grow from one station in America to international broadcasting to 206 countries and changing lives worldwide.

Here is how it works:

  • CLUB 30: For your monthly gift of $30 or more to reach people for Christ, you receive all of our latest newsletter updates, our monthly TV program on DVD, as well as many other special offers throughout the year.
  • CLUB 50: For your monthly gift of $50 or more, we will send you the both the DVD and printed transcript from the featured series of the month.
  • CLUB 100: For your monthly gift of $100 or more, we will send you the DVD, audio CD, and transcript from the featured series of the month, along with a classic DVD.

This month, anyone who joins or increases levels in the Inner Circle of Friends will also receive a beautiful commemorative plaque as my way of saying thanks. It includes my favorite quote from Martin Luther, “If I declare with loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of God’s truth except for that one little bit which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ no matter how boldly I may be professing Christ.”

Click here to join the Inner Circle of Friends

 

Change Eternity with a Special Gift This Month

Broadcasting to millions of people each week is a tremendous journey of faith. Each episode includes enormous expenses. Contrary to what many believe, airtime on Christian networks is not free. Instead, you and our other generous friends determine how many people we can reach by how you give.

Right now, we are in a period in which finances are lower than usual. We need to raise $300,000 by September 15 to maintain all of our programming to 206 countries and territories. If everyone reading this letter would send $30 to $50 this month, this need would be met. Would you be one of those who would help? Your help is critical.

And if God has blessed you with significant financial resources, what better investment than to use your funds to share the gospel? 1 Timothy 6:17-19 teaches:

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

Again, could I ask you to join or recommit to the John Ankerberg Show Inner Circle of Friends? Or would you consider giving a special gift this month? Thank you in advance for your faithfulness to God and to the ministry of proclaiming and defending the gospel. May God bless you as we continue to serve Him.

 

For those still waiting to hear,

Dr. John Ankerberg