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As a witnessing tool, NCA has developed a series of acronyms to help you readily defend the essentials of the Christian faith.  To learn more about the categories of evidence provided within each acronym, click on its corresponding letter.

 

1. The Inspired Word of God

One objective of Christian Apologetics is to demonstrate, through evidence and reason, that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.  If we can accomplish this, we can answer many questions by appealing to Scripture alone.  To make this evidence memorable, we've organized it around the acronym "PSALM."  This is to remind us that at the center of every Bible is the book of PSALMS.  And at the center of our understanding of the Bible is its unique standing as Holy Scripture; the literal Word of God.  As King David said in Psalm 18:30, "The Word of LORD is flawless."

P  = Predictive Prophecy
S  = Statistical Probability
A  = Archaeology
L  = Light of Christ
M = Manuscripts


2. The Doctrine of God

God's holy ACTS of infinite love, grace, and forgiveness define the Christian "Doctrine of God."  Accordingly, we've chosen the acronym "ACTS" to remind us of these central characteristics of God's nature.  However, "ACTS" can also remind us of God's continuing works of kindness and mercy in each of our lives.  "All nations will come and worship before You, for your righteous ACTS have been revealed" (Revelation 15:4).  "Who can proclaim the mighty ACTS of the LORD or fully declare His praise?" (Psalm 106:2).

 

A = Attributes
C = Creator
T = Triune
S = Spirit

 

3. The Deity of Christ


Even as Jesus Christ is the central figure in all of human history, so His deity is central to His role as both Messiah and Savior.  We've arranged the evidence for Christ's divinity around the acronym "WISE."  This reminds us of what the first WISE men did -- and what WISE men still do -- upon encountering Jesus Christ. "They bowed down and worshipped Him" (Matthew 2:11).

W = "Who do you say that I AM?"
I   = I AM
S  = Signs and Wonders
E  = Eternality


4. The Virgin Birth

The two natures of Jesus (divine and human) could only have been accomplished through the virgin birth. We've used the acronym "SENT" to organize the evidence for this essential of the Christian faith; not only because Jesus was SENT by the Father, but because we were SENT by Jesus.  "As the Father has SENT me, I am sending you" (John 20:21).

 

S = Seed of a woman
E = Equality with God
N = Natures of Jesus
T = Tempted but without sin


5. Atonement

 

Jesus' sacrificial death for the sins of the world -- by which God reconciled human beings to Himself -- is called "atonement."   We use the acronym "LIFE" as a memorable way to present the evidence for our atonement. We've chosen "LIFE" because those who accept Jesus' sacrifice receive LIFE everlasting.  "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal LIFE and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to LIFE" (John 5:24).

L = Lamb of God
I  = Impact of Sin
F = Faith
E = Eternal Life


6. The Resurrection

The reality of Jesus' bodily resurrection from the dead is the core doctrine of Christianity.  Perhaps that's why those who would oppose Christianity often start by redefining it.  Characterized as spiritual, allegorical, mythological, metaphorical, symbolic, poetic, legendary, or fraudulent, the resurrection is attacked as being anything but REAL.  Accordingly, "REAL" is the acronym we've chosen to present the evidence for the bodily resurrection of Christ.  When Jesus presented the evidence to the Apostle Thomas, he exclaimed, "My LORD and my God!" (John 20:29).  Let's follow Christ's example.  Present the evidence and see what God will do.

 

R = Roman Death through Crucifixion
E = Empty Tomb
A = Appearances
L = Life Changing Experiences

 

7. Salvation


We've developed the acronym "SALT" as an effective way to present God's plan of salvation -- by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.  We chose "SALT" because it reminds us that Christian Apologetics is to be practiced with gentleness and respect.  "Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with SALT, so that you may know how to answer everyone" (Colossians 4:5-7).

S   = Sin
AL = Alones (by Grace Alone, through Faith Alone, in Christ Alone)
T   = Trust


8. Applied Christianity

In a Christian's life, there is no substitute for prayer.  The acronym "PRAY" reminds us that before we do anything else, it is essential to spend time with God.  Allow Him to guide your witness, trust in the Holy Spirit to open doors, and PRAY for those that the Lord has placed in your life.


  P  = Power of Questions
  R  = Resurrection (The "Minimal Facts" Approach)
  A  = Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime
  Y  = Your Living Witness

 

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