What is Apologetics?

Apologetics may be simply defined as the defense of the Christian faith. The word “apologetics” derives from the Greek word apologia, which was originally used as a speech of defense or an answer given in reply. In ancient Athens it referred to a defense made in the courtroom as part of the normal judicial procedure. After the accusation, the defendant was allowed to refute the charges with a defense or reply (apologia). The word appears 17 times in noun or verb form in the New Testament, and both the noun (apologia) and verb form (apologeomai) can be translated “defense” or “vindication” in every case.

A New Beginning

What happens when I die?

Some people (skeptics) say nothing. Some people say reincarnation. Some people say nirvana. Some people say heaven. With all of those options, can I really know?  Can anyone?

The central theme of the Bible is that we can know for certain when death comes, we will live in the presence of God in heaven. How can we know for sure we will go to heaven?

The Apostle John said, "These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may KNOW that you have eternal life" - 1 John 5.13.

It is as easy as A - B - C



Admitting...
You are a sinner and that you can do nothing to save yourself. 


Admit that Jesus Christ is the ONLY One who can pay your debt to satisfy the wrath of God and save you from eternal separation from God once this life is over.

"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." - Romans 3:23.


Believing...

Believe that there is nothing you can do to save yourself because of your spiritually dead condition. 
Though God had created you as a free 'moral' agent, you are using your freedom with the desire for no boundaries other than the ones you have established for yourself. In essence, man in this condition is man is a "spiritual anarchist."[1]    


"And you were dead in your trespasses and sins,  in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience." - Ephesians 2:1, 2


Believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins as the full payment for your sins. . .

"For when we were still helpless, at the right time, Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." - Romans 5:6-8 

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." - Romans 6:23.

Confessing...

Confess Him by faith, trusting Him as your only Savior."That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." - Romans 10:9

Jesus came on this earth to seek and to save those who were lost. Believe by praying and asking Jesus to be your Savior, and heaven will be your eternal home.

"Dear God, Thank you for working in my life. I know that I have sinned and violated your moral law. I cannot deal with the consequences of my sin on my own merit without your help. I now know, believe, and trust that you have sent your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ to die on the cross and pay for my sins. I repent of my sins and believe in my heart that you have raised Him from the dead,  I believe you will save me. I am placing my faith in Jesus Christ as my only Lord and Master.  In Jesus Name, Amen!"

This prayer is not a "magic bullet" for your salvation, but just a sample.  I do not believe in coercion or forcing a profession of faith.  That means that if you sense your need for salvation, God is working in your heart and mind.  One need not pray this exact prayer or even a prayer to be saved.  Why?  It is not the words of a prayer that saves you but the OUTWARD expressional response to God's grace, mercy and forgiveness being applied to your heart; your prayer expressing your belief to God is a response for what He has done for you. 

Do you believe that Jesus died and is risen for your salvation and justification?  If so, reach out and receive His forgiveness for that gift of eternal life.  Then begin living your life for Him; get connected to a good Bible believing teaching church that will equip you to serve the King of kings and Lord of lords effectively

Sola Deo Gloria! (To God (alone) be the glory!)



Remember that the Bible promises

"that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, 'WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT DISAPPOINTED.' For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call upon Him; for 'WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.' (Romans 10:9-13, NASB)

Semper fide pro Christo et ecclesia (Always faith for Christ and the church),
Rob


Notes:
[1] Anarchy is the pursuit for total freedom from any law. Man, without Christ's salvation, in his spiritual condition is a spiritual anarchist, because of sin being a misuse of freedom that God has given us, thus making us transgressors and outward rebels toward His moral law.