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November 20, 2014

thinking over feeling

One of the “tags” or topics on my devotional site is the word  “apologetics” I’ve gotten several readers asking why I use that phrase and what it means. I’ve also received a few emails implying that “apologetics” is force feeding or being “scripture bossy” (their lingo not mine).

 

So hopefully we can see here that’s it’s not a bad thing.

 

The word “apologetics” comes from the Greek word apologia, meaning “to offer a defense”—and it’s something the Bible says every Christian is supposed to do. Peter says, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Pet 3:15).

The Greek word for “defense” in that verse is apologia, so, in a broad sense, the Bible is saying we’re all called to be apologists.

 

Jude 3 tells us to “contend for the faith delivered once and for all to the saints,” and 2 Cor 10:5 talks about “… tearing down arguments and all pride that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” Paul says in Phil 1:7 that he was active “in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.” Acts 28:23 describes him in his last days in Rome as working from morning until evening, “attempting to convince them about Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the prophets.”

 

Learning about the intellectual basis for Christianity bolsters the faith of Christians—especially those who may be experiencing doubts—and prepares them to share Christ with others. Offering evidence and presenting arguments for Christianity can be an effective way of sharing the gospel with nonbelievers, as doing so may help resolve questions they have about God.

 

Prayer requests,

For John as he battles cancer, Roberta for emotional battles, Sara for holiday depression, Tina wants a godly partner, Tomas, for guidance. And for Craig, this thanksgiving will be his first without his wife. And for my friend Richard his dementia is now full blown, it is so sad to see a brilliant and funny guy reduced to diapers and a feeding tube.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

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