Monday, November 25, 2019

Apologetics in the New Testament

Christian scholar Robert Bowman has compiled a list of 15 of the 27 books of the New Testament that were written for apologetic purposes!  The list is as follows:

Matthew- Answer Jewish criticisms that Jesus abrogated the Torah

Mark- Explain why Jesus died if he was the mighty Son of God


Luke- Acts Show that Christianity was not an illegal or superstitious religion

Gospel of John- Persuade people that Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of God

Romans- Defend the gospel against the claim that it was contrary to Scripture

1 Corinthians- Refute claims that the gospel was not philosophically reasonable

Galatians- Refute the errors of those who said Gentiles needed to be circumcised

Colossians- Refute the belief that Christ was just one of many divine powers

Hebrews- Defend the gospel’s superiority to the Mosaic covenant

1 Peter- Preparing to live by the gospel and to defend it when challenged

2 Peter- Remembering what Christ and the apostles taught when unbelievers scoff

1 John- Refute those who taught that Jesus only seemed to be human

Jude- Urge Christians to defend the gospel against those distorting it

Revelation- Assure persecuted Christians that Christ will conquer evil and death

This is a great list to have on hand when someone claims that apologetics is not necessary!

A special thank you to Mr. Bowman for allowing me to publish this list!

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad

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1 comment:

Jesse said...

That list is neat.