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Christian Apologetics:

Giving Credible Answers, to Culture's Questions

The Mission: Reach the world for Christ The Message: The Gospel is about GOD. The Mentality: Much of today's world is

Introduction:

Atheistic, Naturalistic, and Relativistic. The Method: We cannot effectively evangelize the world unless we first pre-evangelize them. We must help them see that the personal Triune GOD exists, immaterial entities exists, and that Truth and Morality are absolute and objective.

Christian Apologetics is vital to fulfilling the Great Commission!

Attacked by the Critics

82 % of Gospels False 16 % Doubtful 0 % of John is True Jesus was not God No Resurrection Jesus eaten by Dogs

Attacked by the Cults

All Deny the Orthodoxy of Christianity!

Attacked by the Culture

All Deny the History of Christianity!

Outline:
I. What is Apologetics? II. What is its Role in Evangelism? III. Why We Need to do Apologetics?

Outline:
I. What is Apologetics?
1. It is Giving a Reason for our Hope

Always being prepared to [give] a reason (Gk: 'apologia') for the hope that is in you. - 1 Peter 3:15

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I. What is Apologetics?
1. It is Giving a Reason for our Hope
Q: Has GOD has made us rational beings?
(Gen 1:26)

Shouldn't we then use our reason to glorify Him? (Mt 22:37)

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I. What is Apologetics?
2. It is Defending the Gospel

I am put here for the defense of the Gospel. - Philippians 1:7

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I. What is Apologetics?
2. It is Defending the Gospel
Q: Should we 'defend' GOD? (Spurgeon) Acts 1:3, 2:22; John 5:31-47, 14:8-11 Exodus 3; 1 Kings 18; Isaiah 44-46

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I. What is Apologetics?
3. It is Answering Good Questions

Let your speech be always gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. - Colossians 4:6

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I. What is Apologetics?
3. It is Answering Good Questions
Q: Do unbelievers have legitimate questions that need answers? I did... 2 year investigation!

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I. What is Apologetics?
4. It is Contending for our Faith

I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. - Jude 3

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I. What is Apologetics?
4. It is Contending for our Faith Q: Which issues and ideas might Christians need to contend for in today's culture?

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I. What is Apologetics?
5. It is Reasoning with Unbelievers

So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews [and] some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. - Acts 17:16

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I. What is Apologetics?
5. It is Reasoning with Unbelievers Q: Is GOD logical/reasonable? (Jn 1:1) Should our worldview be as well? Jn 8:32; Acts 17:11; 1 Thess 5:21

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I. What is Apologetics? II. What is its Role in Evangelism?

It is Needed for Pre-Evangelism


Often we cannot effectively evangelize until we first pre-evangelize!!

There cannot be:


the Son of GOD, the Word of GOD, and salvation of GOD,

unless there is a GOD!

Outline:
I. What is Apologetics? II. What is its Role in Evangelism? III. Why We Need to do Apologetics?

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III. Why is Apologetics Needed? A. The Scriptures teach it!
1. Give a reason for your hope (1 Pt 3:15) 2. Defend the Gospel (Phil. 1:17) 3. Answer every question (Col. 4:6) 4. Contend for the Faith (Jude 3)

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III. Why is Apologetics Needed? A. The Saints practiced it!
Justin Martyr Tatian Athenagoras Tertullian Augustine Aquinas Jonathan Edwards C.S. Lewis Francis Schaeffer Dr. Alvin Plantinga Dr. Norman Geisler Dr. Phil Fernandes Dr. William L. Craig Dr. Ravi Zacharias

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III. Why is Apologetics Needed? A. The Secular Culture needs it!
The Christian Worldview teaches:
- Existence of Absolute truth, in relativistic culture. - An Exclusivistic message, in a pluralistic society. - That Supernatural acts occur, in a naturalistic age.

Christianity preaches a theistic message In a world that is mostly non-theistic!

How Much of the World is Non-Theistic?

Approximately 50% of it!

III. Why is Apologetics Needed? A. The Scriptures teach it. B. The Saints practiced it. C. The Secular Culture needs it. D. The Skeptics prove it.

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Apologetics Helped St. Augustine:


- He reasoned his way from skepticism. - A Christian debater helped deliver him from Manicheanism. - A philosopher helped him escape materialism.

Astronomy leads to belief in GOD

Now we see how the astronomical evidence leads to a biblical view of the origin of the world. The details differ, but the essential elements in the astronomical and biblical accounts of genesis are the same: the [world began] suddenly and sharply at a definite moment in time, in a flash of light and energy" - R. Jastrow, God and the Astronomers

Biochemistry helps Atheist Reason to a Designer


"Biochemical systems are Exceedingly complex, so much so that the chance of their being formed through random shuffling ...is insensibly different from zero." So, there must be "...an intelligence, which designed the biochemicals and gave rise to the origin of carbonaceous life" - Sir Fred Hoyle, Evolution from Space

Physics Led Einstein to Belief in a Divine Mind


"The harmony of natural law...reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection"
- Heeren, Shew Me God

Atheist Philosopher believes in God


Nor do I claim to have had any personal experience of God or any experience that may be called super- natural or miraculous. In short, my discovery of the divine has been a pilgrimage of reason and not of faith (93). (93

Moral Law Leads Atheist to God


[As an atheist] my argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust. But how had I got this idea of just and unjust? A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line.
- C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Atheist Scientist Finds GOD Through Genetic Research


Why would such a universal and uniquely human hunger [for God] exist, if it were not connected to some opportunity for fulfillment?... Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water
- Francis Collins The Language of God

Historical Evidence Convinces Skeptic of Christ's Resurrection


- Skeptic converted in attempt to disprove Christianity - The first chapter was titled The Book that
Refused to be Written.

C. S. Lewis Explains Why Apologetics Must Be Done


"To be ignorant and simple now--not to be able to meet the enemies on their ground--would be to throw down our weapons, and to betray our uneducated brethren who have, under God, no defense but us against the intellectual attacks of the heathen. Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.

Why Apologetics?
A. The Scriptures teach it.
B. The Saints practiced it. C. The Secular Culture needs it. D. The Skeptics prove it.

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