Equip: How to Defend Your Faith

Equip: How to Defend Your Faith

As worldviews continually clash in our society, we must find a way to defend our faith with gentleness and respect.

WHAT is APOLOGETICS

Christian apologetics is a reasoned defense of Christian belief that starts with a foundation of faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.

APOLOGETICS IN SCRIPTURE

1 Peter 3:15                    2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Philippians 1:7              Colossians 2:8

2 Timothy 2:22-26

WHAT IS A WORLDVIEW?

“A worldview is the perspective through which you understand and approach life and the world.”

1. Origin: Where did we come from?                                 4. Morality: How should we live
2. Identity: Who are we?                                                         5. Eternity: Where are we going?
3: Purpose: Why are we here?

HOW DID WE GET HERE?
  • The Church became anti-intellectual.
  • The separation of faith and reason.
  • The separation of the sacred and the secular.
  • Secular attacks
DEVELOPING A CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW

We must do this to: 

  • Be faithful disciples of Christ. 
  • Learn to engage our culture without compromise.

Know that:

  • Knowledge is not bad. 
  • Don’t act as if you understand something that you don’t.
SHARING A CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW
  • Do not let rhetoric become a substitute for substance. 
  • If you notice that a person’s viewpoint self-destructs, point it out with a question rather than a statement.
  • A person cannot deny absolute truth without affirming it.
  • Our main goal is to share the Gospel, not win an argument.
MAJOR QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER
  • How can you believe there is absolute truth?
  • Creation: God or something else?
  • Is Scripture Reliable?
  • If there is a God, why is there evil and suffering?
  • How can there be absolute morality? (right and wrong)