The art of explaining the faith in such a way as to make a reasoned defence against its detractors. Paul’s Areopagus sermon is a classic example of biblical apologetics, which can be of value to all who are called upon to defend the faith today.
Paul’s Areopagus sermon, a classic example of biblical apologetics
Paul speaks to his listeners on their own ground, starting on their own terms Ac 17:22-23
Paul presents the Christian position Ac 17:24-27
Paul supports his argument in a culturally appropriate way Ac 17:28 Paul quotes from two secular writers, first from the Cretan poet Epimenides, and secondly from the Cilician poet Aratus.
Paul concludes his argument and calls for a response Ac 17:29-31
Apologetics as a regular feature of Paul’s ministry
Apologetics is part of the work of church leaders
All Christians share responsibility for the task of apologetics
Other examples of Christians engaging in apologetics
Apologetics alone is an inadequate way of presenting the gospel
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