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The Number One Reason to Learn Apologetics

The Number One Reason to Learn Apologetics

 

 

The number one reason for Christians to learn apologetics.

 

Although the following reasons are good,

  • To remove obstacles that hinder people from thinking that Christianity is a valid option.

 

  • To help believers become more confident by bolstering the truths claims of Christianity.

 

  • To win arguments at the family bbq.

 

The most important reason is that the Bible tells us to!

The Bible = Word of God says,” always being ready to make a defense..” By the way, defense is translated from the greek word apologia which is where the word apologetics comes from. 

(Defense = apologia = apologetics) This sounds like a simplistic answer, but there is more to this than you may think.

 

In 1 Peter 3:15 

 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

To begin the journey of learning apologetics, start with these 5 biblical references to this unique greek word ‘apologia.’

 

Peter’s use of ‘apologia’:

1 Peter 3:15 

 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

 

Paul use of ’apologia’:

Acts 22:1 

 “Brethren and fathers, hear my defense which I now offer to you.”

 

1 Corinthians 9:3 

 My defense to those who examine me is this:

 

Philippians 1:7 

 For it is only right for me to feel this way about you all, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of grace with me.

 

Philippians 1:16 

 the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel;

Exercise: Write down what is being defended in each of the above 5 verses.

According to the above verses, what is being defended?

 

 

Written by : Nick Mitchell

Nick is a member of New York Apologetics since its foundation and also serves as an associate pastor at Abundant Life Church of God for the past 23 years.

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Are You Ready? Apologetics Now

Are You Ready? Apologetics Now

Apologetics – The Term

Even though the word Apologetics sounds like it is connected to the word apologize, it isn’t.  Apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia, which means a legal defense as in a court of law. Apologetics is used to make a case for the truth of Christianity.

Peter uses the word apologia in:

1 Peter 3:15 (NASB95)

but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense (apologia) to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

Notice Three Important Aspects of this Verse

  1. Always be ready or prepared to make a defense
  2. To everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you
  3. Yet, with gentleness and reverence

So what’s the take away?

  • The English word Apologetics is derived from the biblical Greek word apologia. (1 Peter 3:15)
  • Apologia means to make a legal defense.
  • We are to be prepared to make this defense to anyone or everyone who asks.
  • Apologetics is to be handled gently and respectfully.

The Bible and Apologetics

You may be asking yourself, are there examples of Apologetics in the bible?

Here are 3 Biblical Examples of Apologetics in use:

  • Jesus defended himself in John 14:11, notice how Jesus defends his position.

John 14:11 (NASB95)

 “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves.”

  • Paul argues the existence of God through His physical creation in Acts 14:17.

Acts 14:17 (NASB95) and yet He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.

  • Again Paul argues from nature in Romans 1:20

Romans 1:20 (NASB95)

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.


Why Should I Learn Apologetics?

  1. The culture is departing from biblical truth.
  2. The culture is becoming the basis of what’s acceptable in society, replacing biblical truth.
  3. The truths of the Christian faith are under intense scrutiny, being reassessed so that publicly Christianity is no longer considered the societal norm, but quickly becoming an outdated fringe ideology.
  4. Apologetics will help ground our young men and woman in a way that will help them as they encounter skeptics in their high schools and universities.

As the culture gets darker we are commanded to let our light shine. (Matt. 5:16)

Are you ready?

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