8/26/12

Apologetics 101: 1 out of 4


Apologetics 101: 1 out of 4



WHAT IS IT:
The English word apologetics sounds an awful lot like the word apology (from apologize, as in saying you are sorry for something you did). These words are, however, not so closely related. The English word apologetics comes from the Greek word avpologia (apologian). Apologetics is the defense of the Christian faith using biblical or scientific knowledge.
1 Peter 3: 15 (CREED)
but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense (apologian) to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you;

Philippians 1:16

The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.

o   To obtain a lot of the knowledge we’re supposed to know we must LOOK FOR IT. “The spirit is fed with biblical knowledge. By not feeding the spirit you make it weak and quiet.”
o   We use it all of the time without thinking. Any time defense is taken for God we are practicing in the art of apologetics.
o   One of the earliest and more famous apologists was Apostle Paul.
o   Paul’s Defense against the Jew’s (Acts 13:17-23 & 28-32)
o   17 The God of the people of Israel chose our fathers; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt, with mighty power he led them out of that country, 18 he endured their conduct for about forty years in the desert, 19 he overthrew seven nations in Canaan and gave their land to his people as their inheritance. 20 All this took about 450 years. "After this, God gave them judgesuntil the time of Samuel the prophet. 21 Then the people asked for a king, and he gave them Saulson of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years. 22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: 'I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.' 23 "From this man's descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised.
o   28 Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed. 29 When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. 30 But God raised him from the dead, 31 and for many days he was seen by those who had traveled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now his witnesses to our people. 32 "We tell you the good news: What God promised our fathers
WHY USE IT:
Let’s say that this campus is statisctically what America is with religion. We have 6000 students on this campus. 78% of people claim to be Christian so that is 4680 students. That’s a good number, however only 19% of people claim that Christ is the most important thing in their life. That’s now only 1140 people who actually follow Christ. Out of 6000 people on this campus there are 4860 students who are confused about the gospels and may take in the exact opposite of what it means.
After Paul’s defense at the synagogue we see the fruit of his work and apologetics. (acts 13:43-44)
o   43 When the congregation was dismissed, many of the Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who talked with them and urged them to continue in the grace of God. 44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord.
Think about what happens to a young Christian who does not receive the word, or is mislead by false teachings. (Luke 8:12) Satan will come and twist the word. We must defend the truth and hold strong against the devil.
o   12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.
We are also called not to trust every spirit or word we hear. We have to test every word with the gospels. Test is associated with how silver was tested (purified). It would be placed under great stress and heat. (1 John 4:1)
o   1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
We are also given the spirit to witness. We are called to witness what God has shown us to everyone. This includes bringing truth through spiritual defense. God gave us the spirit of witness so use it. (1 John 5:10 A) In the KJV translation testimony is translated as witness.
o   10 Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son.
HOW TO USE IT:
With all conversations we need to show Gods grace and compassion. Even though we are debating it should be level headed with love as the final motivator. (2 cor 5:14) Christ’s love is what controls us. When we speak we need to speak with grace (col 4:6). In the end we need to remember that every time we defend God it should not be for our own pride or boasting. Defending God is FOR GOD. (Col 3:17)

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