I hope you read our Christmas article on the GraceLife Blog yesterday. It’s called The True Meaning of Christmas. Here’s how it started – “Christmas is not about gifts and toys and eating lots of food with family and friends.” Christians are in a battle … Continue reading The Battle for Christmas
Christmas is a time of love, peace and joy – so why think about faith defense at a time like this? Because the beautiful story of God sending His “only begotten” Son into the world to save the world from sin and death is under attack.
Faith defense is necessary because of the constant spiritual danger our young people and families face in a world intent on driving Christianity into the ground. It’s a futile attempt on the part of the enemy, but that’s what the enemy does – attack.
Christians must be prepared and ready at all times “to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 1:3 NKJV) However, contending for the faith does not necessarily mean we come out swinging. No, in fact, Jesus told His disciples “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” (Matthew 10:16)
So, how do we do that? How do we defend the faith as sheep in the midst of wolves? How can we be wise as serpents and harmless as doves? We find the key in Paul’s letter to the Christians in Colosse. “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” Colossians 4:5-6
•Why do you believe that?
•Why do you think that?
•Why would you say that?
•Where did you hear that?
•Where did you read that?
•Do you think that’s true?
How does apologetics work? How can Christians defend Truths of the Faith with people who don’t believe as they do? Here are notes from a recent Bible study about how to defend Christmas – specifically, the Virgin Birth – to unbelievers. The principles of Faith Defense used in this study will work for defending any doctrine of Scripture with unbelieving friends and family members.
Witnesses To The Deity of Jesus Christ
In our last study, we saw that angels are a mighty host of witnesses to the Deity of Jesus Christ. We move next to members of His earthly family. Though Jesus was God, He humbled Himself and became a Man so He would be the Heavenly sacrifice for the sins of the world (Philippians 2:5-8).
Mary and Elizabeth
God chose a young Jewish girl named Mary to become the earthly mother of Jesus. The angel Gabriel told Mary that the Holy Spirit of God would come upon her, and the Power of the Highest would overshadow her, and she would conceive and give birth to “that Holy One” Who would be called “the Son of God.” God did as He said He would do and Mary supernaturally became pregnant with Jesus.