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12/21/2015

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Being An Apologist For The Faith


"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer (a defense) to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect" (1 Pet.3:15).

In college or professional sports, do you have a favorite team? That would make you a "fan," or more succinctly, an apologist. Even when things are not going well for your team, you remain steadfast, always ready to tell folks about how good your team really is... One of the main reasons that Peter wrote this epistle was to help Christians who were about to undergo an immense amount of persecution. (1 Pet.4:12) Though this is probably not true for us today, the principle remains the same about defending one's faith. The Greek word for "give an answer or defense is "apologian." It is the root word for our term "apology." The Greek word does not, however, convey the idea that Christians need to apologize for their faith. It actually means that a Christian should be able to give a verbal defense for their belief, as one would do in a court of law. From this Greek word comes the important English word, "apologetics," which is a branch of theology that is devoted to defending the evidence that supports Christianity... The apostle Paul was always defending his faith, and becomes a model for us to emulate. "It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of good will. The later do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel" (Phil.1:15-16). When in Thessalonica, Paul said this; "As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead. 'This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ,' he said" (Acts 17:2-3). How well do we defend our faith? This week we will learn a little bit about it... Hopefully we will become apologists for the faith that lies within us...

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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