John Oakes is now preaching regularly for the Bakersfield Church of Christ. We will be posting all of his sermons here.  Services are now live streamed Sundays at 10:30 at  www.bakersfieldchurchofchrist.com   See you there. 7/15  History Archaeology and the Bible PPT  History Archaeology and the Bible Audio 7/12  Matthew XII Kingdom Relationships  Matthew XII PPT  […]

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Dr. John Oakes taught a class on Christian theology. The class covered topics such as Trinity, the qualities of God, the problems of evil and suffering, theodicy, predestination, heaven and more.  The class is now completed.  Here are the notes, PPT, audio and link to the video.     God: Christian Theology PPT      God–Christian […]

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Many of us in the community of Christian apologists are mourning the passing of Ravi Zacharias. Ravi was an energetic, devoted, intelligent and well-spoken proponent of the Christian religion and of the evidence in support of the inspiration of the Bible.  Among his many books are Jesus Among the Secular Gods and The Logic of […]

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Dr. John Oakes taught a class on the Book of Revelation beginning this Saturday 4/18.     Revelation notes    Revelation PPT     Video of the first class    Revelation Audio 1  Revelation II Audio   Revelation Audio III    Revelation Audio IV  Revelation Audio V  Videos are here:     https://www.youtube.com/user/bakersfieldcoc/videos           […]

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Missionary Teaching Trip to Indonesia and Hong Kong Jakarta, Indonesia 3/13 After passing through Hong Kong we land in Jakarta. Corona virus has become a big threat and we see many with masks. President Trump declared a travel ban from Europe just at the time we were leaving.  We considered reversing course, but decided the […]

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Dr. John Oakes is teaching for various churches in Indonesia 3/13-3/25/2020.  Notes, power points will be posted. All lessons will be in English with translation into Bahasa Indonesia.  Hebrews Living by Faith Notes    Hebrews Living by Faith PPT  Hebrews 11 Bahasa Audio  Hebrews Bandung PPT    Hebrews Notes    Hebrews Bahasa I    Hebrews […]

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We are excited to announce a brand new book by Dr. John Oakes and Robert Carrillo.  It will be available in two weeks, but can be pre-ordered now from Illumination Publishers, International.  www.ipibooks.com   Here is the link for purchasing the book.  https://ipibooks.ecwid.com/#!/Hebrews—Living-By-Faith/p/168762906/category=18671191 See below for a brief excerpt from the introduction to the book. Hebrews: Living […]

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Dr. John Oakes taught a class, along with Dr. Nick Zola on teachers and teaching in the New Testament for the teacher’s conference Conversations on 3/6/2020.  Much of this material comes from Dr. Glenn Giles who was originally scheduled to teach this class.  Thanks, Glenn.   Teachers in the NT PPT    NT Teacher Audio   […]

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John Oakes is teaching a class on Hermeneutics in Bakersfield, California in February. This class focuses on the means to best interpret and understand the Bible.  Classes are at 9:00 at 3010 Amber Canyon Place, Bakersfield (except 2/8 at 1:30). Notes, power point and audio are included.  Hermeneutics Notes    Hermeneutics PPT    Hermeneutics Audio […]

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Many in our churches who spend time on our college campuses have come across the rather strange sect which teaches about the Mother Goddess. I had not come across this group personally until a recent experience while sharing my faith at Bakersfield College in Bakersfield, California. Normally, I like to avoid writing against groups I […]

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Dr. John Oakes and Robert Carrillo gave a six hour workshop on the Book of Hebrews in San Diego 11/2/19.  Notes, PPT and recordings are attached.  Unfortunately, only the teaching by John Oakes is included in the recordings. (Intro, 4:13-12:5).  Hebrews PPT    Hebrews Notes      Hebrews Audio 1  Hebrews Audio 2    Hebrews […]

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Dr. John Oakes is doing a very brief teaching tour in Mexico, specifically in Tlaxcala and Puebla.  These two cities are part of old Mexico. Tlaxcala is the location of the first Catholic diocese in Mexico and is the route through which Cortex conquered Tenochtictan/Mexico City.  Heb 11 Living by Faith Tlaxcala   Viviendo por la […]

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Dr. John Oakes gave a class titled “Devoted to Prayer in Bakersfield 12/3/19.   Audio, ppt and notes are attached.  Devoted to Prayer    Devoted to Prayer PPT    Devoted to Prayer Notes                                        

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Dr. John Oakes gave a public lecture at Bakersfield College on the Christian and other worldviews.  Worldviews such as materialism, postmodernism, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim and Christianity are described and it is proposed that the Christian worldview is the only one consistent with reality and which answers the questions that people really care about.  What Is […]

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Dr. John Oakes is giving a series of lessons on the Book of James for the Bakersfield Church of Christ.  Notes, PPT and audio will be attached.  James PPT    James Notes  James Part I     James Part II     James Part III    James IV                   […]

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Dr. John Oakes is on a teaching tour in Poland, Denmark, Norway, Estonia and Latvia.  Recordings, power points and notes will be posted.    Problem of Suffering Polish    Problem of Suffering Russian/English Audio    From Shadow to Reality Russian    Shadow to Reality PPT Russian    Shadow to Reality PPT English   Evidence for Jesus […]

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Dr. John Oakes is teaching a twelve hour class on Christian evidence specifically for a group of campus ministry interns in Fresno, California July 11-12. Power Point presentations and audio will be uploaded from the class.

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Dr. John Oakes taught a class on the biblical doctrine of predestination for an all-Mexico conference in Toluca, Mexico 7/20/19. The class includes biblical evidence against “once saved, always saved,” a history of the doctrine of predestination, a description of Calvinism, a refutation of Calvinism and a presentation of the biblical doctrine of predestination. Notes […]

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Dr. John Oakes taught a six-part class on the Book of Romans in Bakersfield In May and June. Notes, PPT and audio are below.  Romans Notes  Romans PPT   Romans Audio I Romans Audio II    Romans Audio III    Romans Audio IV   Romans Audio V   Romans Audio VI    Romans Audio VII   Romans Audio […]

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Dr. John Oakes gave sermons on Mother’s day and Easter.  The first is Mary: A Mother’s Heart.   Mary A Mothers Heart Notes   Mary A Mother’s Heart PPT   Mary A Mother’s Heart Audio    The second sermon is on why we can believe that Jesus was bodily resurrected from the dead, on the power of the […]

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Many who use this site are familiar with a Bible study on the Coming of the Kingdom of God. This study was problematic both doctrinally and theologically for a few reasons, but many really liked using it (including myself).  I was asked to produce an updated version of the study, minus its theological errors. Here […]

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Dr. John Oakes is teaching a class on the Kingdom of God at a singles conference in San Diego this weekend.  Notes and power point are included, as well as expanded notes.   Kingdom of God Catalyst Notes   Kingdom of God PPT  Kingdom of God Extended Notes                   KOG Catalyst […]

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Dr. John Oakes is giving a two-week series of lessons on the kingdom of God in Bakersfield.  Notes and power point are here. Audio will be posted.   Kingdom of God Notes    Kingdom of God ppt     Kingdom of God I Audio    Kingdom of God II Audio

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Dr. John Oakes is teaching a series of four classes on the Book of Daniel on Saturdays 9:00-10:45 beginning 2/16 at 3010 Amber Canyon Place, Bakersfield, CA 93313.  Notes, power point and audio will be posted.  Daniel PPT   DANIEL Notes   Daniel I Audio    Daniel II Audio    Daniel III Audio     Daniel PartIV     Daniel Part V    Daniel […]

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Dr. John Oakes taught a class on the history of Christianity for the Los Angeles School of Ministry and Missions Nov 30-Dec 1 2018 and March 8-9, 2019.  Notes and power point are here:  church history notes Part I    Church History Notes Part II    Church History PPT    Church History audio 1     Church History Audio […]

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Dr. John Oakes is doing a teaching weekend for the Pioneer Valley Church of Christ March 1-3.  This includes a class on Science and God at the University of Massachussetts, Amherst on Friday evening and a lesson on the existence of God on Sunday AM.  For more information, contact Lee Callan at leemichaelcallan@gmail.com    or go […]

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[Editor’s note: When this question came in to the web site, I was absolutely shocked to find that I had never posted an answer to this most basic of questions. So, I am publishing this as an article as well.] Question: While sharing my faith with a person of another religion, he was questioning me […]

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