Pastoral Encouragement – We Do Not Apologize for What We Believe – May 10, 2019

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We get our English word Apologetics from the Greek word “apologia”.  From the sound of the word, you could get the impression that we are “apologizing” for what we believe, but that is far from the truth.  The Greek word “apologia” means a defense. 

Paul used it in Acts 22:1 when he made his defense in Jerusalem.  A similar word was also used when Paul stood before Festus and Felix in Acts 24-26 and defended himself against false accusations.  In Philippians 1:7 “apologia” was used for the defense of the gospel and in 1 Peter 3:15 we are exhorted to

1 Peter 3:15 …sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence”

That word defense is the Greek word “apologia”.  We are called as Christians to defend our faith and give an account of our hope, but there are times we don’t feel equipped for this task. 

This Sunday, BBC welcomes Apologist, Sye Ten Bruggencate to help you become more equipped to give a defense for your faith. All his life Sye felt a need to share his faith. It was after listening to the debate between Dr. Greg Bahnsen and Dr. Gordon Stein (dubbed “The Great Debate”) that Sye was introduced to the world of “presuppositional apologetics.”  In April 2013 Sye released the film “How To Answer The Fool,” and in February 2015 released the film “Debating Dillahunty.” While he has engaged and continues to engage professed unbelievers on the streets and in formal debates, Sye now directs his efforts mainly to equipping Christians for defending their faith.  He has taught the subject throughout North America and in the U.K.

You don’t want to miss this opportunity! 

In Christ Alone,
Pastor George
Pastor Matt

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