APOLOGETICS:WHY YOUR CHURCH NEEDS IT
Apologetics is the rational, intellectual defense of the Christian Faith. The Bible exhorts us to be ready to give a defense “apologia” for the hope (faith) that we have within us (1 Peter 3:15). Today in our nation, Christianity is under severe attack from secularists, atheists and people of other faiths. Christians and churches find themselves facing opposition about their beliefs in a society
that rejects the concept of truth and absolute moral values. Secular Humanism has become the dominant worldview in our culture; the basis of all important political and moral decision making. Christians are being pressured to abandon their beliefs and conform to a humanist worldview. Unfortunately many churches and christians do not know how to respond to this opposition and some of them have compromised and even abandoned their Faith. Many of our Christian youth have serious questions and doubts about Christianity because they have been exposed to arguments against it at secular colleges and universities. Unless these questions are dealt with, many of our young people will lose their Faith (Colossians 2:8). Secular Humanism is invading
the hearts and minds of the people of God, undermining the very foundations of their Faith. The biblical antidote to combat this insidious attack is Apologetics, the defense of the Christian Faith (1 Peter 3:15). In this book Austin examines several reasons why every Church needs to have an Apologetics Program, to teach their young people and congregations how to defend their faith. In this book he examines what Apologetics is and then gives a brief history of the subject. He examines several important reasons why all churches and Christians must engage in Apologetics in today’s climate. Churches must do Apologetics because Christianity is a religion of the mind as well as the heart (Mark 12:30). In the scriptures, Christians are exhorted to love the Lord their God with their heart, soul, mind and strength (Deuteronomy 6:5, Mark 12:30). Churches must do Apologetics because their congregations are under attack and a failure to recognise and combat it will mean some Christians will lose their Faith. Churches must do Apologetics so that they can begin to combat the false philosophies and worldviews that are seeking to dominate our society. In the final chapters of the book, Austin discusses practical steps that Pastors and Church Leaders can do to begin to implement Apologetics Programs in their churches.
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Publisher:Spirit of Revival Evangelism (2019)
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