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  • The Greek word “apologia” provides the textual foundation for what is called “Apologetics”. It is not apologizing for the Christian faith, but is rather describing the discipline of providing cogent arguments and reasons for why the Christian belief system should be considered as being true. In his short letter, Peter is instructing his readers to “always” (literally “continually”) be at the ready to provide an oral defense for why they are a believer in Christ. Peter says they should be able to supply valid reasons for the hope they have in Jesus Christ and do so in a respectful manner with their audience.
  • The age of the early apologists ran from about A.D. 150 to about A.D. 300. The Church originally was not viewed as a threat to Rome or the polytheistic religions around it. However, as it emerged from its small size and began to grow, neglect was replaced by persecution and confrontation (like today…)Pagan scholars rose up to challenge the Church and attempted to denigrate its positions and truth claims. Early apologists like Justin Martyr met the challenge head on, debated Christian’s opponents, and utilized reason and evidence to refute the assertions that came against the faith.In each period since then, Christian apologists have met Christianity’s detractors with respectful and well-formed arguments that showcase why the faith should be believed.
  • The first purpose of apologetics is to validate the truth of Christianity. This aspect of apologetics involves employing philosophical arguments as well as providing empirical and historical evidences for the Christian faith. The end goal is to develop a rational and reasonable case for Christianity in the midst of a world teeming with opposing beliefs and worldviews.
  • The second purpose of apologetics is to save the lost. Apologetics is not employed merely to win an argument, but is instead used to persuade unbelievers of the truthfulness of the gospel message by supplying reasonable arguments and evidence that demonstrate why Christianity should be embraced. The desired end result is the salvation of the unbeliever. The only reason a person should believe the gospel and commit their lives to Christ is because Christianity is true.
  • God in the Dock, pg. 173. http://goo.gl/0ohc5
  • Apologetics can help guide skeptics and unbelievers through today’s bewildering worldview maze by showcasing the facts and evidences behind Christianity that lead them directly to God’s truth and their salvation.
  • http://joshmcdowell.blogspot.com/2008/01/skeptics-quest-my-testimony-part-13.html
  • The third purpose of apologetics is to strengthen the church. Attacks from atheists and skeptics can oftentimes leave believers with doubts and a weakened faith. Apologetics supplies the Christian with rational, logical, and evidential truths that undergird their trust in the Bible and the core teachings of the faith so that they aren’t moved by skeptical attacks and are able to defend what and why they believe.
  • Knowing Scripture, page: 32. http://goo.gl/T9Txh
  • The fourth purpose of apologetics is to refute error. Apologetics is used to meet the oftentimes caustic challenge of atheists as well as refute the erroneous teaching of other faiths and worldviews. The goal is to defend and uphold God’s truth and demonstrate the errors being spread by Christianity’s opponents.
  • The Weight of Glory, pg: 58. http://goo.gl/8QrE1
  • http://www.wnd.com/2005/02/28970/
  • http://www.christianpost.com/news/atheists-rally-for-reason-urged-to-mock-the-religious-72033/, “Reason Rally”, March 24, 2012
  • Apologetics does not only consist of a verbal set of arguments for the facts, evidences, and doctrines of the Christian faith, but should also include a clear message sent through the life of the apologist. Every apologist should reflect Jesus in their character. The fruit of the Spirit, forgiveness, charity, mercy, and more should be clearly seen. The apologist’s life should be one that is markedly different than that of the world. Sadly, the best argument against Christianity can be a life that in no way represents the teachings of Christ.
  • Page 204, the Portable Nietzsche. http://goo.gl/tydI3
  • Lastly, it should be understood that apologetics is not the ultimate cause of a person’s salvation; it is God who saves and it is He who opens the blind eyes and deaf ears so that His gospel message can be accepted. Apologetics is not about ‘talking someone into the faith’, but rather is one of the instruments God uses to drive His truth into people’s hearts and minds.

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  • HopeWhy Apologetics? Hurting For TheThe Defense of the Faith A Study in 1 Peter www.confidentchristians.org
  • Introduction What is Christian Apologetics? The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • “…but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being readyto make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” – 1 Peter 3:15“. . . knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel” – Philippians 1:16 The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Word Study Greek Meaning apologia ① A speech of defense, reply ② The act of making a defense Arndt, W., Danker, F. W., & Bauer, W. (2000). A“…but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament and other early Christian literature.being ready to make a defense to everyone whoasks you to give an account for the hope that is inyou, yet with gentleness and reverence” (1 Peter 3:15) Interpretation & Application •The Greek word “apologia” provides the textual foundation for what is called “Apologetics”. •Describes the discipline of providing cogent arguments and reasons for why the Christian belief system should be considered true. •Peter instructs his readers to “always” (literally “continually”) be at the ready to provide an oral defense for why they are a believer in Christ. The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • The Rise of the Apologists • The age of the early apologists ran from about A.D. 150 to about A.D. 300. • Pagan scholars rose up to challenge the Church. • Early apologists like Justin Martyr met the challenge head on using reason and evidence. • In each period since, Christian apologists have met Christianity‟s detractors with respectful and well-formed arguments. The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Why Apologetics?Why is apologetics necessary and what value does it provide? The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Why Apologetics? The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • #1: Validate Christian Truth • The first purpose of apologetics is to validate the truth of Christianity. • Involves employing philosophical arguments, empirical and historical evidences for the Christian faith. • Goal: to develop a rational and reasonable case for Christianity against opposing beliefs and worldviews. The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Validate Christian Truth “And according to Paul‟s custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and giving evidencethat the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, „This Jesus whom I am proclaiming to you is the Christ‟” - Acts 17:2-3 The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Why Does Truth Matter? Because eternity is an awfully long time to be wrong… The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • #2: Save the Lost • The second purpose of apologetics is to save the lost. • Goal is not to win an argument, but instead to persuade unbelievers • The desired end result is the salvation of the unbeliever. The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Save The Lost “Nearly everyone I know who has embraced Christianity in adult life has been influenced by what seemed to him to be at least a probable argument for theism.” - C. S. Lewis The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Example – Lee Strobel “Essentially, I realized that to stay an atheist, I would have to believe that nothing produces everything; non-life produces life; randomness produces fine-tuning; chaos produces information; unconsciousness produces consciousness; and non-reason producesreason. Those leaps of faith were simply too big for me to take, especially in light of the affirmative case for Gods existence and Jesus resurrection (and, hence, his divinity). In other words, in my assessment the Christian worldview accounted for the totality of the evidence much better than the atheistic worldview.” -Lee Strobel Saved via apologetics The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Save The Lost “The goal in most conflicts is to destroy your opponent. The goal in apologetics is to win your opponent.” - Ravi Zacharias The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • One Example of Why Answers MatterGotquestions.org is the #1 Christian Q&A site on the Web. In 2012 they saw…• 37 million visitors• 75 million page views of questions and answers• 135,000 people indicated through the web site that having their questions answered resulted in them becoming Christians in 2012! The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Save The Lost• Apologetics helps guide skeptics and unbelievers through today‟s worldview maze.• Uses facts and evidences that lead to God‟s truth and their salvation. The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Example – Josh McDowell “The more I examined the evidence, the more it took me to the oppositeconclusion of what I wanted to reach- that the Bible is the very word of God, and Jesus Christ is His Son, and He was raised from the dead on the third day. I had finally arrived at the conclusion that what my mind told me was true.” Josh McDowell Saved via apologetics The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • #3: Strengthen The Church• The third purpose of apologetics is to strengthen the church.• Attacks from atheists and skeptics can leave believers with doubts and a weakened faith.• Apologetics supplies the Christian with rational, logical, and evidential truths that undergird their trust in the Bible. The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Strengthen the Church “As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ” - Ephesians 4:14–15 The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Strengthen the Church "But solid food is for the mature, who because of practicehave their senses trained to discern good and evil." - Hebrews 5:14 The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • The Importance of the Mind “The Bible is addressed primarily, though not exclusively, to our understanding. That means the mind. This is difficult to communicate to modern Christians who are living in what may be the most anti-intellectual period of Western civilization. Notice, I did not say anti-academic, anti- technological or anti-scholarly. I said anti-intellectual. There is a strong current of antipathy to the function of the mind in the Christian life." - R. C. Sproul The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • #4: Refute Error • The fourth purpose of apologetics is to refute error. • The goal is to defend and uphold God‟s truth. The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Refute Error “The Lord‟s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth” – 2 Timothy 2:24–25 “He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sounddoctrine and refute those who oppose it.” – Titus 1:9 The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Refute Error “Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.” - C. S. Lewis The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Refute the New Atheists"We are a nation that is unenlightened because of religion. I do believe that. I think that religion stops people from thinking. . . . I think religion is a neurological disorder. . . . I am just embarrassed that it has been taken over by people like evangelicals, by people who do not believe in science and rationality. It is the 21st century.And I will tell you, my friend. The future does not belong to the evangelicals.The future does not belong to religion." - Bill Maher The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Refute the New Atheists “Mock them, ridicule them in public. Dont fall for the convention that were all too polite to talk about religion.” -Richard Dawkins The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Refute the New Atheists The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Refute Error “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” - 2 Corinthians 10:5 The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Conclusions Final Thoughts The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Why Apologetics? 1. Validate Christian Truth 2. Save the Lost 3. Strengthen the Church 4. Refute Error The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Final Important Points… • Apologetics should also include a clear message sent through the life of the apologist. • Every apologist should reflect Jesus in their character. • Sadly, the best argument against Christianity can be a life that in no way represents the teachings of Christ. The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • “They would have to singbetters songs for me to learn to have faith in theirRedeemer: and his disciples would have to look more redeemed.” - Frederick Nietzsche The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • How Are Christians Perceived Today? Impressions of Christians by Un-Believers Bad impression Neutral Good What are Christians best known for? 92 90 88 86 84 82 Anti-Homosexual Judgmental Hypocritical The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • Final Important Points… • Lastly, it should be understood that apologetics is not the ultimate cause of a person‟s salvation. • God is the one who saves. • Apologetics is not about „talking someone into the faith‟, but rather is one of the instruments God uses to drive His truth into people‟s hearts and minds. The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • It is God Who Ultimately Saves… “A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.” – Acts 16:14 The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • For More Information/Presentations www.powerpointapologist.org www.confidentchristians.org The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • For More Apologetics Resources www.apologetics315.com The Essentials of Apologetics – Why Apologetics?
  • HopeWhy Apologetics? Hurting For TheThe Defense of the Faith A Study in 1 Peter www.confidentchristians.org