Introduction to Apologetics - Lesson 1

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Introduction to Apologetics - Lesson 1

  1. 1. Introduction to Apologetics: Defending the Faith Stephen Russell
  2. 2. What is Apologetics???
  3. 3. Does God exist? Why does evil exist? Did Jesus really rise again? Can we trust the Bible? How can we know truth? What about the other religions? What about evolution?
  4. 4. Apologia (In Defense Of)
  5. 5. Defense against what??
  6. 6. Heterodoxy (False Teaching)
  7. 7. Rob Bell “...it wasn't until the 300s that what we know as the sixty-six books of the Bible were actually agreed upon as the 'Bible.' is is part of the problem with continually insisting that one of the absolutes of the Christian faith must be a belief that 'Scripture alone' is our guide. It sounds nice, but it is not true...When people say that all we need is the Bible, it is simply not true.”
  8. 8. Rob Bell “So this reality, this forgiveness, this reconciliation, is true for everybody. Paul insisted that when Jesus died on the cross he was reconciling ‘all things, in heaven and on earth, to God. is reality then isn’t something we make true about ourselves by doing something. It is already true. Our choice is to live in this new reality or cling to a reality of our own making.quot;
  9. 9. Brian McLaren “I don't think we've got the gospel right yet. What does it mean to be 'saved'?.... I don't think the liberals have it right. But I don't think we have it right either. None of us has arrived at orthodoxy.”
  10. 10. External Challengers
  11. 11. Richard Dawkins “I think we're in the same position the gay movement was in a few decades ago. ere was a need for people to come out. e more people who came out, the more people had the courage to come out. I think that's the case with atheists. ey are more numerous than anybody realizes.quot;
  12. 12. Fictional Future
  13. 13. Richard Dawkins quot;How much do we regard children as being the property of their parents? It's one thing to say people should be free to believe whatever they like, but should they be free to impose their beliefs on their children? Is there something to be said for society stepping in? What about bringing up children to believe manifest falsehoods?quot;
  14. 14. Christopher Hitchens “Faith is the surrender of the mind; it's the surrender of reason, it's the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other mammals. It's our need to believe, and to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something, that is the sinister thing to me. Of all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated.”
  15. 15. What About the Believers?
  16. 16. 69%
  17. 17. But...
  18. 18. Biblical Worldview De ned as believing that: - Absolute moral truths exists - Such truths are de ned by the Bible - Jesus Christ lived a sinless life - God is the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe and He stills rules it today - Salvation is a gi from God and cannot be earned - Satan is real - A Christian has a responsibility to share their faith in Christ with other people - e Bible is accurate in all of its teachings.
  19. 19. 4 9 51
  20. 20. Is Apologetics Biblical?
  21. 21. 1 Peter 3:15 “ but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,”
  22. 22. 2 Corinthians 10:5 “ We destroy arguments and every lo y opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ...”
  23. 23. Paul in Athens (Acts 17:16-34)
  24. 24. Acts 18:4 “And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks.”
  25. 25. Other Motives for Action
  26. 26. Evangelism
  27. 27. Strengthening Your Own Faith
  28. 28. Colossians 2:8 “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.”
  29. 29. Philippians 1:9-10 “And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ...”
  30. 30. Ma hew 22:37 “...You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
  31. 31. One more thing...

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