Apologetics

Apologetics

CHURCH
  • Mt. 16:18-19 – upon this church I will build my church
  • Mt. 28:18-20 – go baptize and teach all nations
  • Lk. 10:16 – whoever hears you, hears me; rejects you, rejects me
  • 1 Tim. 3:15 – Church is the pillar & foundation of Truth
CHURCH IS BODY OF CHRIST
  • Col. 1:18 – he is the head of the body, the church
  • 1 Cor. 12:20-27 – you are Christ’s body, individually parts of it
  • Eph. 5:30 – we are members of his body
  • 1 Cor. 6:15 – don’t you know your bodies are members of Christ
THE CHURCH MUST BE ONE
  • Jn. 10:16 – there shall be one fold and one shepherd
  • Rom. 16:17 – avoid those who create dissensions
  • I Cor. 1:10 – I urge that there be no divisions among you
  • Phil. 2:2 – be of same mind, united in heart, thinking one thing
APOSTOLIC CHURCH
  • Jn. 15:15 – Jesus chose special men to be his Apostles
  • Jn. 20:21 – Jesus gave the Apostles his own mission
  • 16:18 – Jesus built church on Peter, the rock
  • Lk. 22:32; Jn. 21:17 – Peter appointed to be chief shepherd.
AUTHORITATIVE CHURCH
  • Mt. 21:18020 – Jesus delegates all power to Apostles
  • Jn. 20:23 – power to forgive sin
  • 1 Cor. 11:23-24 – power to offer sacrifice (Eucharist)
  • Lk 10:16 – power to speak with Christ’s voice
GOOD WORKS
  • Mt. 7:21 – not Lord, Lord, but he who does the will of Father
  • Mt. 19:16-17 – to have life, keep the commandments
  • Jn. 14:21 – he who keeps my commandments loves me
  • Gal. 5:4-6 – nothing counts but faith working through love
CELIBACY
  • Eph.5:21-33 – marriage is good: holy symbol of Christ & church
  • Mt. 19:12 – celibacy praised by Jesus, who was celibate
  • Jer. 16:1-4 – Jeremiah told not to take wife & have children
  • 1Cor.7:32 -35 – celibacy recommended by full-time ministers
MOTHER OF GOD
  • Lk. 1:43 – Elizabeth called her “mother of my Lord” = God
  • Mt. 1:23 – virgin bear a son, Emmanuel = “God is with us”
  • Gal. 4:4 – God sent his Son, born of a woman
ASSUMPTION
  • Mt.27:52 – Many saints who were falling asleep were raised
  • 1 Thess. 4:17 – caught up to meet the Lord in the air
  • 1Cor. 15:52 – we shall be instantly changed at last trumpet
  • Rev. 11:19 -12:1 – ark in heaven = woman clothed with sun
FASTING
  • Mk. 7:19 – Christ declare all foods clean
  • 1 Tim. 4:4-5 – everything created by God is good
  • Dan. 10:3 – Daniel refused to eat choice foods for 3 weeks
  • Mt. 9:15 – Christ followers will fast once he is gone
CONFESSION
  • Mt. 9:2-8 – Son of Man has authority to forgive sin
  • Jn. 20-23 – whose sin you forgive/retain are forgiven/retained
  • 2Cor. 5:17-20 – given us the minister of reconciliation
  • Jam: 5:16 – confess your sins to one another
ANNOINTING THE SICK
  • Mk. 1:12-12 – anointed with oil many sick, cured them
  • Jam. 5:14-15 – presbyter pray over sick, anoint, sins forgiven
  • Lk. 22:19 – do this in memory of me
  • Jn. 20-22 – As Father sent me, I send you…receive Holy Spirit
DIVORCE & MARRIAGE
  • Mal. 2:14-16 – for I hate divorce, says the Lord
  • Mk. 10:11-12 – if either divorces and remarries = adultery
  • 1Cor. 7:10-11 – if wife separates, stay single or reconcile
  • Mt. 5:32-33 – to divorce or marry divorced wife is adultery
VENERATION OF SAINTS
  • Jos. 5:14 – Joshua fell prostrate in worship before angel
  • Dan. 8:17 – Daniel fell prostrate in terror before Gabriel
  • Tob. 12:16 – Tobiah & Tobit fall to ground before Raphael
  • Mt. 18:10 – angels in heaven always behold face of God (we venerae angels because of their great dignity, which come from their union with God. Saints also unite with God)
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