HOW DO WE GIVE AN ANSWER?
DATE TAUGHT: Friday, February 8
TEACHER: Thaddeus Maharaj
How do we give an answer for our faith?
Our REASON FOR HOPE WORKSHOPS
1 Peter 3:15 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…”
This verse describes what is called “apologetics” – giving a reasoned defence for the hope in us.
Christian apologist, Cornelius Van Til, said that “It is not kindness to tell patients that need strong medicine that nothing serious is wrong with them.” As Christians, we believe that the Gospel of faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ is the only hope of salvation for a world lost in sin and darkness. This is the message we are tasked with to proclaim to everyone. However, this exclusive message may seem too narrow-minded to many.
This workshop series seeks to help us be prepared to give a gracious answer to a world that believes a very different narrative to Christianity.
This first workshop in this series is foundational to addressing the “HOW” of giving an answer. In this first workshop session, we seek to establish our method (or the ‘how’) of giving an answer from what the Bible says about apologetics.
- How does the Bible define apologetics?
- What does the Bible tells us about how we are to give an answer?
- Does the Bible equip us for this task?
We address these questions and much more in this first workshop.
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Workshop Audio MP3 (2 Parts)
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HOW DO WE GIVE AN ANSWER (PART ONE)
HOW DO WE GIVE AN ANSWER (PART TWO)
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Print and Other Materials
These are the materials used during this workshop. Feel free to use them if you’d like to go through the workshop personally or together with a small group or Bible study.
These are the teacher’s notes from the workshop. You can download and print the PDF here. This would be a good resource for leading a small group through the material in this workshop.
Other Helpful Resources for Apologetics
Below is a short list of recommended resources to aid you in your growth.
The “INTRODUCTORY” materials are a great place to begin if you’re new to the topic and are written to be easily understood and applied with suggestions for further reading. The “FURTHER” resources are for those who have already had some exposure to the topic of apologetics and are wanting to dig a little deeper.
Expository Apologetics by Voddie Baucham
Know Why You Believe by K. Scott Oliphint
Always Ready by Greg Bahnsen
The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist by Andy Bannister
Ultimate Proof of Creation by Jason Lisle
The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism by Tim Keller
Presuppositional Apologetics: Stated and Defended by Greg Bahnsen
Apologetics: A Justification of Christian Belief by John Frame
Covenantal Apologetics: Principles and Practice in Defense of Our
Faithby K. Scott Oliphint
Defenseof the Faith by Cornelius Van Til
The Roman Catholic Controversy by James R. White
The Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin & Ravi Zacharias
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