“[A]nd on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” -Jesus, Matthew 16:16-18
The meaning for Solid Rock Apologetics is twofold; however, let me start by sharing what apologetics is. The word “apologetics” comes from the root word apologia which simply means to give a defense. For example:
1 Peter 3:15-15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense [or apologia] to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.
Now the idea of the solid rock is clearly from the revelation that Simon Peter had when he answered the question about who Jesus is. Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” to which Jesus responds “and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” “Rock” in this case is referring to the revelation that Simon Peter had, regardless of the fact that “Peter” means rock also.
The aim of this blog is to bring that revelation to skeptics, seekers and believers in a winsome and thoughtful way, right here on the solid rock of Vancouver Island! The Island is way more laid back but the people are thoughtful and inviting and most of all need to know about Jesus.
Apologetics strives to equip believers to share their faith and validate the truth claims of Christianity. Apologetics also strives to remove obstacles for the skeptic or seeker so that as the Holy Spirit moves on their hearts they are able to respond with trust, unhindered.
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.