A Case For Christ
" 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." (1 Peter 2:9, ESV)
"For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people" (1 Peter 2:15, ESV)
Apologetics: A Case for Christ
1 Peter 3:13-16
13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 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, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame." (1 Peter 3:13-16, ESV)
"...always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you" (v.15)
BE FANATICAL FOR GOODNESS!
13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous... for what is good? (v.13)
BE PREPARED FOR SUFFERING!
14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed." (v.14)
"For the third year in a row, the modern persecution of Christians worldwide has hit another record high. But the primary cause, Islamic extremism, now has a rival: ethnic nationalism." ~ Christianity Today
...Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, (v.14b)
" 19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:19-20, ESV)
" 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." (Romans 1:16, ESV)
BE PASSIONATE FOR JESUS!
15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy..." (v.15)
Week 6 - Apologetics: A Case for Christ
Apologetics can be defined as “reasoning or arguments in justification of something”. It is a way to provide a defense of something that is coming under attack. Decay is defined as “a gradual falling into an inferior condition; progressive decline, to become decomposed or to deteriorate”. As a group think spiritually, what relationship do these two terms have with each other?