Doing Apologetics!

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Every Christian should learn to do apologetics because of these commands

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Doing Apologetics

but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;” (, NASB95)
[CONTEXT] The context of this verse is when you are treated unjustly - persecuted.
One of the first topics to cover in this is learning what certain terms mean.
Proof and Evidence - What does someone mean when they ask, “Can you give me proof?”
Well, no. I can’t give you proof, but I can present evidence to you [evidence]
We’re looking at something that requires faith - and we’re presenting evidence that is the best possible explanation for events that took place. For someone to refute the evidence they have to present a better explanation of the events or evidence we’ve presented.
WHAT HAPPENS is you learn an argument, present it, and the person you’re speaking to shrugs their shoulders, or presents a counter argument, or uses an escape hatch to duck out of the argument.
The New American Commentary: 1, 2 Peter, Jude (1) The Blessing of Suffering for Christ (3:13–17)

We should not understand the heart as our inner and private lives, which are inaccessible to others. The heart is the origin of human behavior (cf. 1:22; 3:4), and from it flows everything people do. Hence, setting apart Christ as Lord in the heart is not merely a private reality but will be evident to all when believers suffer for their faith. The inner and outer life are inseparable, for what happens within will inevitably be displayed to all, especially when one suffers.

The New American Commentary: 1, 2 Peter, Jude (1) The Blessing of Suffering for Christ (3:13–17)

The exhortation here is instructive, for Peter assumed that believers have solid intellectual grounds for believing the gospel. The truth of the gospel is a public truth that can be defended in the public arena. This does not mean, of course, that every Christian is to be a highly skilled apologist for the faith.244 It does mean that every believer should grasp the essentials of the faith and should have the ability to explain to others why they think the Christian faith is true.

the Christian is never to evade or to put him off, he is to be ready to present his case, his defense, to render account as to what his hope embraces, and as to why he holds it in his heart. We may say that he is to be ready always to testify, to correct ignorance about Christ, to spread the gospel light, to win others for Christ, to justify his own hope, and as Peter adds here (v. 16), to silence evil speakers with his good conduct which certainly speaks for itself and puts slander to shame.

But . . . Don’t fear
Sanctify Christ - in your heart
Always be ready
To make a defense
To everyone who asks
Give an account
for the hope that is in you
Gentleness and faith
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