Do you ever feel unsure why we, as Christians, believe what we believe? Have you ever had someone ask about your beliefs, but you didn’t know how to answer? It’s not always obvious, even to ourselves, why we believe certain things; for example, could you explain to your neighbor why Christians believe that Jesus is the only way to God or give reasons for believing that the Bible is the Word of God? We don’t have to be experts, but the Apostle Peter tells us, “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.” (1 Peter 3:15).
The words “give an answer” translate a Greek word that we bring into English as “apology.” We’re not apologizing for our faith; rather, “to make an apology” originally meant “to speak in one’s defense,” to defend a belief or action as being right. God calls upon us to confidently tell people why it’s reasonable for us to believe what we believe, to unapologetically defend our faith.
If you would like to be prepared to winsomely “give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have,” then join us after church beginning January 13th for a six-week class, “Unapologetic,” where we’ll look at some of the typical challenges to our faith. Fr. Jack will lead the class. The following is a sampling of topics:
- How do we know God is real?
- Why should we believe the universe is created?
- If God is good, then why is there suffering?
- How do we know Darwinian evolution isn’t true?
- How do we know Jesus was resurrected?
- Why do we believe the Bible is the Word of God?
What is the one question you hope no one ever asks you about your faith?