The term apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia which means a verbal defense or answer. Therefore apologetics is that branch of Christianity that defends and establishes the Christian faith, convincing people to change their lives. it deals with answering critics who oppose or questions the revelation of God in Christ and the Bible, or it can simply be giving an answer to a question about Jesus. The end goal of apologetics is to bring a soul to Christ.
I Peter3:15-15 is a foundational text for apologetics. During those years, Christians were suffering from persecution because of the gospel of Christ. He was encouraging the saints to remain faithful and stand in their belief by being ready to give an answer for the hope, and to remain humble, and reverent. "But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks for a reason for the hope that you have that is in you; yet do this with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that when you are slandered by those who rebukes your good behavior in Christ, they may be put to shame." IPeter 3:15-16 (ESV)
This course is based on Ten Who Changed the World, a powerful tribute to the transformational work done by some truly inspiring Christian missionaries. With each profile, the student will journey into the heart of that gospel servant's mission-minded story and makes a compelling connection to a similar account from the Bible.
- Teacher: Judy Harris