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Defend Your Faith. Lesson 1 Is Faith Reasonable?. Apologetics In An Unbelieving World. What is apologetics? (2 Tim. 4:16) What kind of apologetics do we use? (Acts 17:2-3,16-31)

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Defend Your Faith

Lesson 1

Is Faith Reasonable?


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Apologetics In An Unbelieving World

  • What is apologetics? (2 Tim. 4:16)

  • What kind of apologetics do we use? (Acts 17:2-3,16-31)

  • Who engages in apologetics? (Mt. 11:2-6; Acts 1:3; Lk. 1:1-4; 1 Cor. 15:1-9; 1 Pet. 3:15; 1 Jn. 1:1-4)

  • Why engage in apologetics? (1 Thess. 5:21; 1 Jn. 4:1)


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Presenting Your Case For Faith

  • What faith is (Heb. 11:1,6)

  • What faith is not (2 Cor. 5:7)


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Presenting Your Case For Faith

  • Faith is built upon evidence (Lk. 1:1-4; Jn. 20:30-31; 1 Cor. 15:4-5; 2 Pet. 2:16-21)

  • Faith comes from weighing the evidence of men, scripture, nature, and miracles (Lk. 1:1-4; Jn. 20:30-31; Rom. 1:20; Heb. 2:3-4)

  • Faith leads to trust and obedience (Jas. 2:14-26)


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Presenting Your Case For Faith

  • What is reason? (Acts 17:2,17; 18:4,19; 19:8-9; 20:7,9; 24:12,25; Rom. 12:1; 1 Pet. 2:2)

  • What is the relationship between reason and faith? (Acts 17:4,11-12; 18:4; 19:8)


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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. 20:30-31; 2 Pet. 1:16-21; 1 Jn. 1:1-4).

  • Be careful to avoid two extremes: the anti-intellectual approach to faith (Rom. 12:1; 1 Pet. 2:2) and the human-reasoning-alone approach to faith (Prov. 14:12; Jer. 10:23).


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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. 5:40; 7:17; 9:40-1; Acts 17:32; Rom. 1:25; 2 Thess. 2:10-12).

  • The problem is with their will, not their mind (evidence).


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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 one’s faith be placed.


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Answering Objections to Faith

Objection #4: “Faith Saves, Not Reason.”

  • Yes, faith saves (Lk. 7:50; Eph. 2:8; Jas. 2:14), but faith includes reason because faith is based upon knowledge, and knowledge requires a use of reason (Rom. 10:17).

  • God gives us a mind (reason) and he expects us to use it to serve him (Mk. 12:30; Rom. 12:1; 1 Pet. 2:2). We must use critical thinking (1 Thess. 5:21; 1 Jn. 4:1).


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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.


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Defend Your Faith

  • We don’t want to live without a faith that gives us hope (Eph. 2:12; 1 Thess. 3:14).

  • 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. 7:17)?