In the early days of American transportation families often ventured out on
road trips– vacations planned not around a single destination, but a journey filled with memorable stops for sightseeing and learning along the way. One of the most iconic road trips in American history was the infamous Route 66, a highway stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles, winding its way through the heart and soul of America. Many a family spent summers “getting their kicks on Route 66.”
While there’s undoubtedly an actual Route 52 highway out there somewhere, “myroute52” is not a road or highway upon which to drive, but a journey through the Bible, filled with memorable stops for learning along the way.
Sadly, recent statistics indicate fewer Americans actually know and understand basic Bible truths, and have many questions. Where did God come from? Who was Jesus and how do we know He was whom He said? Aren’t all religions essentially the same? Aren’t most people basically good, and thus deserving of Heaven? If God is so good, why does He allow so much suffering in the world? Why should we believe the Bible since it’s such an antiquated and outdated book?
In the first century, the Apostle Peter wrote to Believers scattered across the region to encourage them in the midst of great persecution they were facing for their Christian faith. Ironically, he reminded them they still lived in a world of people with spiritual questions and they were to be always ready with answers. The word used in 1 Peter 3:15 is the Greek word apologia, from which we get our English word apologetics, meaning a defense.
Truth is, it often seems we live in a world of skepticism and cynicism when it comes to the Bible, truth, and the Christian faith. But rest assured, there are answers for every questioning mind and a defense for every disputing word.
Come along and join the Route 52 journey here at First Coast as each Sunday morning in 2019 we tackle big questions about the Bible and seek answers in which we can have confidence and share truth with a wondering world.
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you… (1 Peter 3:15)