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Title: Defend Your Faith


1
Defend Your Faith
  • Lesson 1
  • Is Faith Reasonable?

2
Apologetics In An Unbelieving World
  • What is apologetics? (2 Tim. 416)
  • What kind of apologetics do we use?
    (Acts 172-3,16-31)
  • Who engages in apologetics? (Mt. 112-6 Acts
    13 Lk. 11-4 1 Cor. 151-9 1 Pet. 315 1 Jn.
    11-4)
  • Why engage in apologetics? (1 Thess. 521 1 Jn.
    41)

3
Presenting Your Case For Faith
  • What faith is (Heb. 111,6)
  • What faith is not (2 Cor. 57)

4
Presenting Your Case For Faith
  • Faith is built upon evidence (Lk. 11-4 Jn.
    2030-31 1 Cor. 154-5 2 Pet. 216-21)
  • Faith comes from weighing the evidence of men,
    scripture, nature, and miracles (Lk. 11-4 Jn.
    2030-31 Rom. 120 Heb. 23-4)
  • Faith leads to trust and obedience (Jas. 214-26)

5
Presenting Your Case For Faith
  • What is reason? (Acts 172,17 184,19 198-9
    207,9 2412,25 Rom. 121 1 Pet. 22)
  • What is the relationship between reason and
    faith? (Acts 174,11-12 184 198)

6
Answering Objections to Faith
  • Objection 1 Faith lacks evidence and is simply
    a blind leap in the dark.
  • No, faith is grounded upon evidence (Jn.
    2030-31 2 Pet. 116-21 1 Jn. 11-4).
  • Be careful to avoid two extremes the
    anti-intellectual approach to faith (Rom. 121 1
    Pet. 22) and the human-reasoning-alone approach
    to faith (Prov. 1412 Jer. 1023).

7
Answering Objections to Faith
  • Objection 2 Many intelligent and educated
    people do not believe in Christianity because
    there is no evidence to believe.
  • When intelligent people refuse to believe, it is
    not because of a lack of evidence, but rather a
    lack of honesty and integrity (Jn. 540 717
    940-1 Acts 1732 Rom. 125 2 Thess.
    210-12).
  • The problem is with their will, not their mind
    (evidence).

8
Answering Objections to Faith
  • Objection 3 Unbelievers rely upon facts
    (evidence) and believers rely upon faith (no
    evidence).
  • Both rely upon facts and faith.
  • Everyone believes (has faith) in something (Big
    Bang) or someone (God). It is not a matter of
    having faith, but in what or in whom will ones
    faith be placed.

9
Answering Objections to Faith
  • Objection 4 Faith Saves, Not Reason.
  • Yes, faith saves (Lk. 750 Eph. 28 Jas. 214),
    but faith includes reason because faith is based
    upon knowledge, and knowledge requires a use of
    reason (Rom. 1017).
  • God gives us a mind (reason) and he expects us to
    use it to serve him (Mk. 1230 Rom. 121 1 Pet.
    22). We must use critical thinking (1 Thess.
    521 1 Jn. 41).

10
Defend Your Faith
  • Faith is based upon truth and truth is objective
    and rational. Faith is the reasonable and
    rational response to the evidence that God has
    given to mankind.
  • Belief (faith) is more reasonable and rational
    than unbelief.
  • There is evidence for the existence of God, the
    Bible as the Word of God, Jesus as the Son of
    God, etc.

11
Defend Your Faith
  • We dont want to live without a faith that gives
    us hope (Eph. 212 1 Thess. 314).
  • Faith in God and his word gives us reason to
    live. It makes the day brighter, our life
    sweeter, and everything meaningful.
  • Do you have the will to believe today (Jn. 717)?
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