GATHER WITH US TO DISCUSS CHALLENGING QUESTIONS
Join us at 4pm on the third Sunday of each month in CE-15 to read and discuss challenging questions and issues related to our Christian faith. We meet as a type of small group and welcome adults of all ages and walks of life. If you or your friends, neighbors, co-workers, or family members don't know Jesus, but would like to learn more about how and why we Christians believe what we do, you (and the aforementioned) are welcome to join us and enter the conversation! Email Paul Rupple at email@example.com if you have questions about when and where we meet. If you are a member or regular attender at Grace Church of DuPage, you can also request to join the CCB group below to recieve message updates with announcements and information regarding our next meeting.
Our call as followers of Jesus is to proclaim this message of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration to those who are still lost in their rebellion. This calling is not given to a select few, but to all who follow Jesus. We are all called to make disciples. In the pages within this section, you will find helpful resources to equip you to proclaim the gospel message to your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and total strangers.
When you engage in those gospel conversations, it is inevitable that you will be asked questions and even challenged in what you believe and proclaim. This is where apologetics enters in. The term apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia, meaning literally, “to give an answer back.” Peter writes, “But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame” (1 Peter 3:14-16).
The words, “make a defense” come from the Greek word, apologia. We see the apostle Paul engaging in reasoning with the Jews and making a defense to Festus, Felix, Agrippa, and others. We too are called to be ready to make a defense for the hope that is in us. Within the resources of the website of Grace Church of DuPage you will find resources to present the answers to those questions and responses to those challenges and we trust that you will give them with gentleness and respect for the hearer.