Apologetics of the Resurrection
Wednesdays, April 24--May 22
Jesus is risen! Everything depends upon this.
As St. Paul put it to the Christians in Corinth: “If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” There’s no middle ground here; no wiggle room. Either Jesus died and rose again, in which case we have hope, or He did not, in which case we’re deluding ourselves, and might as well pack up our bags and head home in shame.
Christians don’t gather on Easter morning or any other time on account of the good people we are (!) or hope to be, or on account of the good we can accomplish together. We gather together on account of our confession of faith—our trust in the promise of Jesus’ death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins, salvation, and life everlasting. In Christ, God makes particular promises to us and faith is believing Him; trusting His word. His promise to us is this: “ But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead” (1 Corinthians 15:20).
Jesus lives! Everything depends upon this.
Our Wednesday Night Bible Study in the weeks after Easter Sunday will focus on the apologetics of the resurrection. Apologetics does not mean saying we are sorry for the faith we confess; it means defending the faith. We do not study apologetics in order to argue people into the kingdom of God; we do so in order to make a clear and intelligible confession of what we believe.
When it comes down to it, our faith is based on a historical claim that Jesus really did die and really did rise from the dead. Come and see why you can believe this not only with your heart, but with your head, too!