Apologetics Answers

Lesson 1

Point 2: (1) Peter 3:15; (2) From the Greek word “apologia,” meaning to give a defense. (3) Do it with gentleness and respect.

Lesson 3

Point 2: (1) Relativism, pluralism, naturalism; (2) relativism says there is no absolute truth; pluralism says there is no religious truth (all religions are equally valid); naturalism says there’s no supernatural truth (the only truth is what we can observe with our senses). (3) The Christian faith makes exclusive claims to being true and includes a supernatural worldview. (4) Apologetics helps us respond to questions prompted by the worldviews of the culture we live in and remove intellectual obstacles to the gospel.

Point 3: (1) Apologetics is a theoretical discipline that explores the rational justification for the Christian faith. Evangelism is practically sharing the gospel. (2) We should never let apologetics become a substitute for the presentation of the gospel. Focus on Jesus, not on our favorite arguments. (3) Apologetics would be useful when the unbeliever has questions or objections.

Lesson 4

Point 2: (1) Paul was preaching that Jesus is the Son of God, and that He is the Christ (Messiah). (2) It says he “proved” these things and confounded the Jews (implying they didn’t have any good answer to his claims). (3) In response, the Jews plotted to kill him. (4) The Hellenists tried to kill him too. (5) You might have your own answers; something I thought of is that proving your case and winning a debate doesn’t necessarily mean that people will come around to your way of thinking. They might just be even more against you than before.

Point 3: (1) He spoke boldly and argued persuasively (or something slightly different in different translations). (2) He left with his disciples and started regular discussions somewhere else.

Point 4: (1) Both Jews and Greeks.

Lesson 5

Point 2: (1) Act wisely towards them, making the best use of the time. To me this means show them love and be aware that God put you in contact with them for a reason. Pay attention and think about what that reason might be. (2) Your speaking with them should be “gracious,” meaning kind and polite, and “seasoned with salt.” This phrase could mean that there is something about our speaking, our conversation, that is attractive, interesting, pleasant, “tasty,” we might say. That “something” comes from the Spirit of God who lives in us if we are believers. The mouth speaks naturally what the heart is full of.

Point 3: (1) We should be careful not to stuff our minds full of knowledge but ignore our hearts. Be careful not to think we understand and know everything, and not leave room for mystery. We need to focus on a relationship with God, and remember that people matter. We need to not forget why we are doing apologetics – it’s for the “Great Commission.”