|The Bible instructs all Christians to be prepared to give an answer to everyone that questions us about our faith. For this to become a regular practice in our lives, we must possess a good understanding of what we believe and why we believe it. We must become proficient at answering the objections and questions of our secularized culture with solid, Bible-based answers.
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 1 Peter 3:15b (NIV)
What is the Solid Rock Faith Defense Institute?
The Solid Rock Faith Defense Institute is a Christian apologetics ministry dedicated to helping train Christians to boldly defend the faith.
Our mission is to provide a comprehensive listing of information, resources, and available studies that will help you understand what the Bible tells us and equip you to "give an answer to everyone who asks".
During the year, Solid Rock will be offering several courses during regular Bible Study hours, group studies and special conferences to enable you to build a strong foundation in God's Word. Visit this page often as new resources will be added as they become available.
What is Apologetics?
Have you ever had to defend an idea that you held? Have you ever used evidence and offered proof to give a reason for your beliefs? Have you ever pointed out inconsistencies and false claims in beliefs you didn’t hold? Have you ever had questions about your own beliefs and searched for answers to see if what you believed was justified? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you’ve encountered apologetics.
Apologetics simply means to give a defense – to say why you believe what you believe. How will you answer when a friend of yours says you can’t prove God exists? What will your response be when you catch a documentary on T.V. that claims Jesus never lived or that there is no evidence he rose from the dead?
When Christians become equipped we become bold and secure in our faith. We become able to convey the content and meaning of our deep convictions and experiences to others in a way that appeals to more than personal experience. With apologetics we will be able to glorify God by giving a defense to anyone who asks us for a reason for the hope that is in us.
Why Study the Bible?
As a believer you may ask yourself, “Why do I need to study the Bible?” After all, you have never been trained as a Bible scholar, and besides, the pastor will teach you what you need to know. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. If you are serious about growing in your faith, you need to know what God’s word says, and you need to learn to apply it to your life.
Studies about how we learn have shown that one of the least effective ways of learning anything is by hearing alone. While the human mind is a wonderful thing, it becomes easily distracted. Think about your own Sunday morning experiences. You are listening to the sermon, when you realize that your mind has drifted off to thinking about what you will be having for lunch, or looking at the baby that just cooed in the row in front of you. Before you know it you have missed several minutes of the pastor’s message. Once the service is over, you will have forgotten over half of the details within an hour.
In order to more effectively learn, you need to be actively engaged in the process. One great way to do that is to read and study the Bible yourself. By being more actively engaged, you will retain a great deal more of the information, and you will be able to draw on it more readily.
When we really study the Bible, we start to push out worldly thoughts and replace them with thoughts of Godly things. Our thoughts begin to become less self-centered and become more Christ-centered. As our thoughts begin to change, the way we live our day to day lives begin to be transformed. We begin to live lives that reflect and honor Christ.
The Bible also reminds us that we are sinners, and that we need to go to Christ daily to repent of our sins. God has provided us with a clear path to salvation through Jesus Christ. That path is clearly revealed in the Bible. By knowing and fully understanding that, we are better able to fulfill the Great Commission, and help lead others to Christ, and to accept the gift of eternal life that was given on Calvary.
So, why should I study the Bible? We do it because God commands us to. His word has revealed that we can spend an eternity with him through the sacrifice of his son, Jesus Christ. By accepting Jesus as Lord our Lord and Savior we can be forgiven of our sins. By reading and understanding the Bible, we can have greater knowledge and wisdom, and will be better prepared to serve Him, and to lead others to Christ.