This Online Apologetics Study Is Not Your Mama’s Bible Study

Biblical illiteracy is a national tragedy in American evangelical Christianity. 64% of American Christians do not feel comfortable in their ability to effectively share their faith. 74% of Christians are reluctant conversationalists when sharing their faith. And almost half of Millennials (47%) agree at least somewhat it is wrong to share one’s personal beliefs.

What if you could be more confident in your faith conversations and feel more effective in those conversations?

I am on a mission to equip Christian women to be bold and fearless for the Gospel. So I’m launching a simple, online apologetics study where we will learn the evidence for the trustworthiness of the Gospels.

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Can you trust the Gospels? How do you know?

Biblical apologetics is the area of Christian apologetics concerned with providing a defense for the reasonableness of Christianity through evidence for the authorship and dating of the biblical books, and biblical inerrancy.

To combat the national tragedy of biblical illiteracy, I’m launching a Fearless for the Gospel Challenge community study of the reliability of the Gospels. Knowing the evidence for the trustworthiness of the four Gospels is a crucial component of apologetics, but the added benefit is it can strengthen your own faith. Nervous about your ability to be bold and fearless for the Gospel? Here is your personal invitation to begin an adventurous faith.

P.S. Even if you don’t suffer from evangelism jitters you’re still invited.

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You can be bold and not nervous when the questions come

Look, I know you don’t have a lot of time. You’ve got the family to take care of, the job to do. Your boss is annoying and those kids ain’t gonna feed themselves. You’re probably reading this from the bathroom right now, with the kids banging on the bathroom door. I know how it goes. I’m a busy mom, too. So I hunted down a book that’s doable and came up with a format that will work for us superheroes.

But you need to make the time to get equipped to answer the tough questions by the everyday people in your life. The Buddhist guy who owns the sandwhich shop around the corner. What about your “spiritaul-not-religious” cousin? Instead of freaking out when you open the door for the Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormon missionaries, you’ll feel confident to answer the questions that come at you at the oddest times – like the grocery checkout line.

How will our online apologetics study help you?

Do you ever feel like you lack confidence in being able to communicate what you believe? Maybe you want to be able to articulate what you believe, but have trouble thinking quickly on your feet. Or struggle with wanting to share the Gospel, but not wanting to offend the people you care about? Do you ever just freeze up in the middle of a faith conversation?

By the end of our time together, you will feel more confident in addressing some of the most common objections people have:

  • Jesus didn’t actually exist. He’s a myth.
  • How do you know the Gospel accounts were not just made up?
  • The biblical texts have been corrupted over time
  • The Bible has too many contradictions to be believable

Who can join the Fearless for the Gospel Challenge community?

Usually, our Facebook communities are open only to Evangelical Protestant Christian women. But I’ve decided to make this community also available to women who identify as:

  • None (meaning you have no particular religious persuasion you claim)
  • Spiritual, not religious
  • Non-traditional Christian
  • Christian, but not a church-goer

A couple of words on who cannot join our Fearless for the Gospel Challenge community:

No guys – sorry fellas. No hardened, angry, unwilling-to-learn women. If your mind is made up that Christianity is just a myth and we’re all crazy, this will not be the community for you. (But we still love ya!)

How the online apologetics study will work:

Our study of the trustworthiness of the Gospels will be 11 weeks long. The first week we will spend learning some basic (but fascinating!) information about the literature of the Bible and history of the biblical texts. Week 2 we will spend reading the Gospels.

Here’s just some of what we will learn over 8 weeks:

  • The historical sources outside the Bible-what they have to say about things written in the Bible
  • What the Four Gospels actually are
  • What the Gospel authors really knew
  • Crazy, undesigned coincidences in the Gospels
  • Do we have Jesus’ actual words?
  • Has the text been changed?
  • Contradictions in the Gospels

Our final week will be a wrap-up of the study, with a final Q & A session. Each week we will have some homework to do (it’s not a lot, I promise!) and a Facebook Live video chat hosted by yours truly.

What you need to do:

  1. Join the Fearless for the Gospel Challenge community (Super important! We start March 7!)
  2. Buy the book – see below
  3. Do the assignments
  4. Engage in the discussions

Conclusion

Learning how to engage in faith conversations with grace and truth is not an easy task. Sometimes we struggle with knowing how to answer tough questions, especially when we are surprised by them in unlikely social situations. So right now, before you leave the bathroom, join the Fearless for the Gospel Challenge community. You can do this! We’ll cheer each other on every step of the way.

I’d love to hear what you think

How do you think knowing the evidence for the trustworthiness of the Gospels will help you in your faith conversations with the everyday people in your life?

Get this book:
Not feeling confident in your ability to effectively share your faith? Join us for a community online apologetics study for Christian women.

Presenting a case for the historical reliability of the Gospels, New Testament scholar Peter Williams examines evidence from non-Christian sources, assesses how accurately the four biblical accounts reflect the cultural context of their day, compares different accounts of the same events, and looks at how these texts were handed down throughout the centuries. Everyone from the skeptic to the scholar will find powerful arguments in favor of trusting the Gospels as trustworthy accounts of Jesus’s earthly life

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