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1 Peter 3:13-16
“Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened." But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”

Firm Conviction: Christ as Lord
We are all like blind men groping around in the dark. We won’t know what the truth is like unless the King who sees everything reveals Himself to us, tells us the truth and corrects our mistakes. And that is exactly what the gospel is all about. God has already done that in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ so we can know the truth.

What Is Apologetics?
“Apologetics” is not apologizing (sorry!) or defending God (He is big enuff to defend Himself). It is the art of giving seekers or critics a reason for the faith we have in Christ. It could involve removing obstacles to faith, evaluating other religious claims and giving positive evidences for the Christian faith. (2 Corinthian 10:5 – making every thought captive to Christ)

Jesus and Samaritan Woman Source: http://www.HeQiArts.com/

Informed Mind: Know What You Believe
Be ready, be prepared to give us an answer or reason for our faith. To do that, we obviously need to know something about what we really believe and why we believe the things we believe. - Read well and think through our beliefs. The CDPC library has lots of resources to help us do that. -Be curious. Learn how others think about life and God
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Winsome Character: Gentleness & Respect
Do you know of people who win arguments and lose the soul? They can debate like champions but offend everybody with a proud, knowit-all attitude. People are just put off. But good ambassadors for Christ are humble, gentle or respectable to others. They speak the truth but they speak the truth in LOVE. Because the ultimate apologetics is love.

Artful Method: Asking Questions
The gospel message is eternal, unchanging but the ambassador learns how to adjust his method depending on the person/situation so the gospel is heard in clear and compelling way. The power of asking questions: -Opens up hidden assumptions -Clarifies and gathers information -Helps a person discover on his own -Points out weaknesses in their current ways of looking at life/God
Francis Schaeffer and C.S. Lewis influential Christian apologists

The Medium And the Message: “The only appropriate media for communicating the gospel are lives and words. Christians have to wrap themselves up in the good news of Jesus Christ, live that mystery together in the fellowship of the church, and give the world something worth seeing. And they have to explain it in the form of sound doctrine, explaining biblical truth, making the message clear as only words can. There is a strong temptation these days to seek refuge in the claim that “my life is my testimony,” as if preaching is replaced. But the gospel is wordy, just as it is lifey. It just isn’t very bumper stickery." Fred Sanders, Scriptorium Daily