Someone pray, asking God to help everyone understand the passage, apply it to our lives, and to love Jesus and love others. Read 1 Peter 3:15-18 and discuss the following.
1. Study through 1 Peter 3:15-18 together. What stands out to you and why?
2. Peter writes here that we should be able to “give a reason for the hope” that is in us. What is the hope in you?
3. The word “defense” in verse 15 is the English translation of the Greek word “Apologia.” This is where we derive our modern word “apologetics” from. What aspects, qualities, or principles of Christianity have you had to defend in the past?
There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously – no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. – C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
4. Lewis here is trying to motivate us to see people as important, as God sees them. What other aspects from Scripture can motivate us to do apologetics and see people as important?
5. Apologetics has many parts to doing it effectively. From building relationships, sincerely caring for others, studying scripture, studying other world views, etc. What is the most difficult part of apologetics for you currently? What can you do to improve?
6. 1 Peter 3:18 gives us reason to see others as valuable, It gives us motivation to do apologetics. What are the reasons found here and how can we consistently live these out?
Christ suffered for us and called us out of darkness. He did the work necessary for us to be saved and have a right relationship with God. Now we have a part in telling the Gospel to others and apologetics is a great tool for that. Let us encourage one another in loving, studying, practicing, and going out and making a defense for the Hope that is in us.
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