Christian apologetics involves making a case for the truth of the Christian faith. The Bible commands us to be ready to give a response to anyone who questions why we believe or wants to know why we believe!
But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, I Peter 3:15 NIV
The church must become intentional in pursuing apologetics! It is not optional—it is absolutely necessary. That’s why we believe so passionately about our mission…
Using Christian Apologetics to Shape Culture, Strengthen Faith & Empower Witness
1) Shape Culture
We live in a world that has been saturated with non-Christian talking points—to the degree that they are blindly accepted without question. The simple reality is that the good news of Christianity is never heard in isolation. In other words, in a secular culture the majority of people we meet believe that Christianity is bizarre, superstitious, unreasonable or non-relevant. They look at us like they do a Hindu devotee of the Hare Krishna movement with his shaved head and saffron robe—they will see us as archaic, freakish or maybe even funny!
If the gospel is to be heard as an intellectually viable option for thinking persons it’s vital that the church shape the culture in a way that Christianity cannot be dismissed as mere superstitions. Christians must be trained to provide solid evidence. Arguments and evidence will help create a culture in which Christian belief is a reasonable thing.
2) Strengthen Faith
Too many Christians have a very uncertain of shaky faith! They have never been instructed in what they believe (Christian Doctrine) or why they believe it (Christian Apologetics). Many Christian lose their faith when they go to high school or college. Still others don’t have answers to the many questions they face in the business world. Apologetics can help a person keep the faith in times of doubt and struggle. It will also allow them to be more confident in sharing their faith with others.
We have got to train our children, our students and our families the reasons for why they believe Christianity. In our day and age we can’t afford to bring children into the world without being trained in apologetics.
3) Empower Witness
Apologetics is effective in the process of apologetics! Non-Christians will hear evidence and conviction that they have never heard before. They will be surprised by the boldness and confidence that is represented by Christians. In some cases, they will be motivated to think through the evidence. More and more churches will present evangelism & apologetics hand-in-hand with the result that they will genuinely consider the claims of Jesus. Over a hundred years ago, Princeton Professor, J. Gresham Machen made this timeless observation,
False ideas are the greatest obstacles to the reception of the gospel. We may preach with all the fervor of a reformer and yet succeed only in winning a straggler here and there, if we permit the whole collective thought of the nation or of the world to be controlled by ideas which, by the resistless force of logic, prevent Christianity from being regarded as anything more than a harmless delusion. Under such circumstances, what God desires us to do is to destroy the obstacle at its root.
It is time for the church to mobilize a force of believers equipped to share their faith with the power & conviction of knowing that the truth is the truth! It’s time for the church to live in the power of the truth—just like the first century!