Coronavirus Response Edition
- Have you encountered the idea that Christians should simply believe and not need reasons? Has that been part of your own approach to faith? Having heard and read material from this introductory session, what is your opinion of it now?
- What led you to decide to follow Christ? What reasons did you have?
- Some people come to faith for reasons that they know are good, but which they cannot showare good. For example, “I was overwhelmed by the power of God speaking through the gospel message.” This is valid; God can and does do that. In your opinion, though, what advantage is there in knowing reasons that others can investigate for themselves, reasons we can show are good reasons to believe?
- What, in your opinion and your own words, was Peter telling his readers in 1 Peter 3:15? What additional insight do you find in the verses before and after?
- How do you react to the discussion of “arguments” for Christians, from 2 Cor. 10:3-5?
- Based on this session material and your knowledge of the book of Hebrews (and knowing that not all Christians have studied it, though now would be a great time!) how do you respond to the idea that it was a book of apologetics to a fellowship of believers under pressure to give up their faith?
- Do you see any parallels between the pressure they were under and the pressure we’re under today? If so, what?
- From the list of six reasons people may not study apologetics, which resonates most with you? Given that we’re commanded to be ready to give reasons (1 Peter 3:15), what attitude readjustments and/or steps might you take to push through and move toward equipping yourself that way?
If time allows in your group, go ahead to the Self-Check Questions, pair up, and see how well you can answer them with each other. Or you can go through them individually as well.