APOLOGETICS

APOLOGETICS!!!  This isn’t about how to “apologize” for our beliefs. No, Apologetics comes from the Greek word apologiawhich means “a reasoned defense“.  We see this in the Scriptures in 1 Peter 3:15

, where believers are called to “always be ready to give a defense” for the hope that they have in Christ.

15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 1 Peter 3:15

(emphasis mine).
The apostle Paul also calls believers in Jesus to tear down strongholds and cast down arguments that are set forth against God.

1 Now I, Paul, myself urge you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am meek when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent! 2 I ask that when I am present I need not be bold with the confidence with which I propose to be courageous against some, who regard us as if we walked according to the flesh. 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. 5 We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, 6 and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.  2 Corinthians 10:1–6

 (emphasis mine)

Here are a few quick points to remember about Apologetics:

  • The primary mission Jesus Christ gave the Church was to go into the whole world and make disciples of him (Matthew 28:19-20). Apologetics is an essential tool in fulfilling this mission.
  • Apologetics is the science and art of defending the Christian faith. The word apologetics comes from the Greek legal term ‘apologia’, which means ‘to give a defense’.
  • Apologetics is necessary for believers as we are called to actively “contend earnestly for the faith” with non-believers and false worldviews (Jude 3).
  • The skill of apologetics is also helpful as Christians are called to be ready always to provide answers to those who ask us about our faith (1 Peter 3:15).
  • The manner in which we answer non-believers and “do“ apologetics is as important as the words we express (1 Peter 3:15).
  • Remember, you can win the intellectual battle yet lose the war for a person’s heart! We are not simply trying to win arguments…people’s eternal destiny is on the line!

For further study, check out these links:

What is “Presuppositional” Apologetics?

Fool-Proof Apologetics

Faith vs. Reason?

Is There an Ultimate Proof of Creation?

Apologetics Video Clip


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