The Biblical Mandate for Apologetics


Topic: Biblical Mandate for Apologetics

Thread: After completing the presentation and readings for this module: week, answer the following:

  • Explain the biblical mandate for apologetics beyond simply quoting 1 Peter 3:15.
  • List and describe 3 types of apologetic arguments found in the Bible.

Discussion Assignment Instructions

You will complete three Discussions in this course. You will be asked to post one thread of at least 300 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of the assigned Module: Week, and then post at least one reply with a minimum of 150 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of the assigned Module: Week. For each thread, you must completely answer the assigned prompt and offer the needed personal reflections required. For each reply, you must also completely address the areas noted in the prompt and seek to provide helpful commentary and insights on their classmates’ posts. You are encouraged to incorporate Scripture and relevant scholarly/academic support into your threads and replies.


The Biblical Mandate for Apologetics

                                                        Prompt 1

The term apologetics comes from the Greek word “apologia,” which means “reasoned defense.”[1] It is not the goal of apologetics to create uncertainty in the Christian faith; rather, it is to make it more appealing. It’s all about evangelism and better conveying God’s message to clear up any misunderstandings[2]. Paul uses the term apologetics to characterize his ministry in Philippians 1:7. He states, “I am appointed for the defense and confirmation of the Gospel” (KJV). Peter gives a command in 1 Peter, “to always be prepared to answer (apologia) for a reason for the hope that we have.” They were both talking about evangelism. When it comes to apologetics, Christians should have a pure heart, avoid being caught in the middle of conflicts by being doubleminded, speak in the context of holiness, always be ready to face life’s challenges, share the Gospel with respect and gentleness, and be prepared to give a Christ-like answer for “the reason for the hope that we have.” 3:15 1 Peter (NIV)

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[1] McManis, Clifford B. Biblical Apologetics: Advancing and Defending the Gospel of Christ. Xlibris Corporation, 2013, p. 26.

[2] Ibid.

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