Welcome to EFCC’s Apologetics Ministry
“There can’t be a good God with so much suffering and evil in the world.” “The Bible is full of contradictions.” “Christians are narrow-minded.” “The Bible has been changed over the years.” “No reasonable person could believe in miracles these days.”
Ever heard statements like those above? Do you feel confident you could defend Christianity against the many attacks it is facing today? EFCC’s Apologetics Ministry seeks to help believers fight the good fight of faith, and present them with effective arguments to defend their beliefs. The end result is to better equip Christians and provide them with far more confidence in the truth of Christianity.
What Is “Apologetics”?
The word “apologetics” comes from a Greek word meaning “a defense.” It simply means making a case for the key beliefs of Christianity — why we believe there is a God; why there really was a Jesus of Nazareth who lived, died, and rose again; why we trust the reliability of the gospels; why miracles are reasonable to believe in; why Christianity is the best worldview for making sense of reality, etc.
Apologetics aims to present a rational basis for the Christian faith, defend the faith against objections, and expose the flaws of other world views. It is an effort to show that Christianity is not irrational, that believing in it is not against human reason, and that in fact it contains values and promotes ways of life more in accord with human nature than other faiths or beliefs.
There is one key verse which is the cornerstone for Christian apologetics. It’s found in 1 Peter 3:15: “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
Many other verses challenge Christians to develop apologetics thinking: Colossians 2:8; Colossians 4:5-6; 2 Corinthians 10:5; 2 Corinthians 5:20; and Titus 2:8. Paul used logic to argue for the truthfulness of Christianity repeatedly in his travels: Acts 14:15-17; 17:2-31; 18:4; and 19:8-10.
Get Connected With EFCC Apologetics
The EFCC Apologetics Ministry connects with the community in various ways. For example, we hold weekly classes for high school age and above (all interest levels) dealing with issues such as scripture reliability, science and Christianity, the existence of God, and the resurrection of Jesus. Contact Gary & Sharon Zacharias (760-738-0601) for more information.
We also hold special events with well-known speakers like Greg Koukl, J. Warner Wallace and Sean McDowell. Please visit our Facebook page (EFCC Apologetics).
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