Thursday, March 17, 2016

What Is Apologetics and Why Should We Do It?

Apologetics is the discipline that deals with a rational defense of Christian faith.  It comes from the Greek word apologia which means "to give a reason or "a rational defense."  The most important reason to do apologetics is that God has commanded us to do so.  

The classic statement in 1 Peter 3:15, which says, "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."-1 Peter 3:15.

This verse tells us to be ready. Being ready is not just a matter of having the right information available, it also entails that we are making Christ holy in the very seat of our emotions (our hearts). It is also conveys and encourages an attitude of readiness and eagerness to share the truth of what we believe. 

This is essential to both pre-evangelism as well as evangelism in the 21st post-modern culture we find ourselves in today. (Norman Geisler, Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics, 37). The task of Christian apologetics is all but lost as a spiritual discipline in the church today. Richard Land, the President of Southern Evangelical Seminary, recently stated that one cannot do evangelism, church ministry, church planting, preaching, and teach Sunday school without undertaking in the task of Christian apologetics.  

Let's get together and start a "Thinklings" group to start talking about how we can better do evangelism and apologetics together.  Contact me either through Facebook or by email at roblundberg@me.com.

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