The Battle Plan 

"15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.  16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.
Always be ready to explain it.

1.   How do we know there is a God?
2.   Can miracles really happen?
3.   Why would a good God allow evil to exist?
4.   Is the Bible Trustworthy?
la. How do we know there is a God? Logically"

1.   How do we know there is a God?
Romans 1:19-20(NLT)
19 They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. 20 For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

Exodus 3:1-6 (NLT)
1  One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Sinai, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn't burn up. 3 ""This is amazing,"" Moses said to himself. ""Why isn't that bush burning up? I must go see it."" 4 When the LORD saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, ""Moses! Moses!"" ""Here I am!"" Moses replied. 5 ""Do not come any closer,"" the LORD warned. ""Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground. 6 I am the God of your father-the God of Abraham, the God oflsaac, and the God of Jacob."" When Moses heard this, he covered his face because he was afraid to look at God.

2 Peter 1:16-18 (NLT)"
"16 For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes 17 when he received honor and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, ""This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.""  18 We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.

2. Can miracles really happen?
1 Corinthians 3:18-20 (NLT)
18 Stop deceiving yourselves. If you think you are wise by this world's standards, you need to become a fool to be truly wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God. As the Scriptures say, ""He traps the wisein the snare of their own cleverness."" 20 And again, ""The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise;he knows they are worthless.""

3. Why would a good God allow evil to exist?
Psalm 119:68 (NLT)
8 You are good and do only good;teach me your decrees.
 Mark 10:18 (NLT)
18 ""Why do you call me good?"" Jesus asked. ""Only God is truly good.

So if God is good, does he care for us then?

John 3:16-17 (NLT)
16 ""For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

4. Is the Bible Trustworthy?
 Number of books and authors
There are a total of66 books in the Bible, written by about 40 different authors, all telling an impossibly coherent story from beginning to end. One mark ofreliable documentation is that it comes from multiple independent sources. On top of that, there are over 5000 copies in the original Greek of the New Testament."

4b. Historical and Archeological Evidence
. The Pool of Bethesda mentioned in John 5:1-9 was excavated in 1888.

4c. Embarrassing Details
If you were to come up with a story about a Messiah, you would most likely not include certain embarrassing stories about yourselves... such as Jesus calling Peter ""satan"" in Matthew 16:23.