This month, I’ll be running an introductory apologetics course at my church. The course will begin tonight and run for ten weeks. It’s open to anyone. Here are the details:
When: Tuesdays, 7pm (beginning on Feb 12)
Where: Encounter Christian Centre 495 Rosebank Road Avondale New Zealand
The apostle Paul, writing about the necessary qualifications for a minister of the gospel, says “He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.” (Titus 1:9). It’s not enough to merely explain what Christianity is, Paul argues that it must also be defended. Apologetics is exactly this – providing a rational defense for the Christian truth-claims.
This course is for everyone who wants to dig deeper into the evidence for Christianity, confront honest questions about God and the Bible, and develop tools to talk effectively and meaningfully about the Gospel. Over ten weeks, we’ll examine topics like the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection, why God allows suffering, and how to declare the Gospel in a world that doesn’t believe in objective truth anymore. If you have ever wanted to connect your head with your heart or sharpen your evangelistic witness, this course can help you.
What the Bible tells us about giving reasons for why we believe, and the broader benefits of apologetics.
- What is the nature of truth and faith
- Knowing and showing the truth with grace
- What makes a good argument
- Argument from sufficient reason
- Argument from the beginning of the universe
- Intelligent Design and the argument for a cosmic designer
- What does it mean if evolution is true?
- On the Moral Argument for God’s existence from objective moral values and duties
- Assessing the trilemma of Lunatic, Liar, Lord
- Jesus’ radical self-conception in the Gospels
- The problem of miracles: are they possible, and can we know it?
- Historical evidence for the resurrection of Jesus
- Assessing the problem of evil and providing an explanation for the suffering in world and why it seems that God hides from us.
- Answering common objections to the problem posed by religious diversity and those who never hear the gospel.
- A sketch of the external and internal evidence for the New Testament and how to deal with alleged discrepancies in the Bible.
In association with: Thinking Matters and Encounter Christian Centre