TiO 15 – {Un}Apologetic – Existence

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The Main Idea

Apologetics, reasoned arguments in defence of something, are not just for professional theologians. The ability to have a reason for what you believe is fundamental to belief itself. This week Todd began a series called {un}Apologetic. This week began with the question of existence: Where did we, and everything else, come from? His answer, ultimately, everything came from God.

Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)

Q1: It has been said that a cultured person should never talk about religion, politics, or how much money they make. What do you think about that?

Q2: How would you describe the world view (life philosophy) of your parents?

Q3: What is the difference between and apology and a defence?

The Word

Read the main passages aloud: 1 Peter 1:14-16

But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defence to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame.

Apologetics can be intimidating. We feel as though we need all the answers and need to be able to win debates with people.

Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • It is not about winning and losing, but about listening to the stories that other people would tell you.
  • You need to be able to give an answer to questions of your hope in Jesus not science or philosophy
  • In any conversation with someone who has a different view of the world or a specific topic than you have (even if that view seems crazy) your primary obligation is gentleness and reverence. Because, in the end, that is going to be far more convincing than winning a debate or making them back down.

Q1: Are there aspects to your faith walk where you are unsure of why you believe what you believe? What are they?

Q2: Are there people in your life who you would say about: “I need to change my focus from debate to gentleness and reverence”? Talk about them, if you are comfortable doing that.

Prayer

Pray together for confidence, wisdom, and for gentleness and reverence with people who you do not agree with.

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