Apologetics: Why your church needs it

Posted: September 17, 2011 by revivalbiblestudy315 in Apologetics
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      We are told in the Scriptures to be prepared to give answers for our faith in Jesus Christ.  1 Peter 3:15 says “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”
      The word apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia, which means defense. In the passage above the word we translate answer is the Greek word apologia.
     Apologetics on the academic level is “the branch of Christian theology that seeks to address intellectual obstacles that keep people from taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ seriously.” So why should we, as Christians, study apologetics on the local church level? First, we are told to be prepared. Second, it is hard to defend the faith that you believe in, when you don’t know what you believe.

Orders to Prepare

In Matthew 22:37 we are commanded to love God with our mind. “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” We are not suppose to have blind faith. Our faith is not blind, it is more than a feeling, it has an intellectual aspect to it.

Paul regularly reasoned with the Jews from Scripture, because they knew Scripture. But when he debated the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers in Athens he started from where they were in order to introduce the Gospel to them (Acts 17:18-34), because unlike the Jews they did not accept the authority of Scripture.

In Matthew 22, Jesus interacts with the Pharisees and Sadduccees who were the Jewish scholars of the day. He exposes their misconceptions of Gods’ Word(Matt. 22:46). He used the Scriptures to correct them, and then He explained Psalm 110:1 to them and they did not answer Him, nor did they ask Him anymore questions.

*definition of apologetics comes from “Apologetics: Why your church needs it” by J.M. Njoroge posted on www.RZIM.org

 

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