Purpose – To help students:
– become familiar with some of the questions people might ask because of your faith,
– learn techniques in responding to questions
– make the connection between effective answers and effective witness
Endstate – Students will grow in faith and understanding of the Word of God and will develop confidence to be effective in response to questions and challenges to their faith from the curious and the skeptic.
Pencil/pen and paper/notebook
Handouts (given in class)
Optional: Text (see handout)
ROE (Rules of Engagement)
-Be on time
-Bring all your tools
-Participate and stay on subject
-Listen to one another before you respond
-Be prepared to be stretched
-Be afraid to talk
-Hog all the time
-This is not a counseling session
-Let emotions run high
– This is not about being a theological scholar. Its about gaining new information and learning to be more effective with what you already know.
– As you study, make room for the Holy Spirit
– If you have suggestions for this course please get with me after class and let me know
1 Peter 3:14-15
2 Timothy 1:7
*Answer – a solution or result as to a puzzle or problem
*Respond – to act because or at the prompting of something
Curious/Seeker – in general people who are curious or seeking to know or
learn about spiritual things (not restricted to or limited to Christian spiritual things)
Skeptic – in general people who question the validity or authenticity of something purporting to be factual (not restricted to or limited to Christian spiritual things)
**Apologetics – (from Greek ἀπολογία, “speaking in defense”) is the discipline of defending a position (often religious) through the systematic use of information. Early Christian writers (c. 120–220) who defended their faith against critics and recommended their faith to outsiders were called apologists.
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Campolo, T. (2004). Speaking my mind. Nashville, Tennessee: W Publishing Group.
McDowell, J., & Sterrett, D. (2011). Is the Bible true….really?: A dialogue on skepticism, evidence, and truth. Chicago, Illinois: Moody Publishers.
McDowell, J., & Wilson, B. (1993). A ready defense. Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Sproul, R. C. (2014). Everyone’s a theologian: An introduction to systematic theology. Sanford, Florida: Reformation Trust Publishing.
Strobel, L., (2000). The case for faith: A journalist investigates the toughest objections to Christianity. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan.