What is Apologetics?

Apologetics may be simply defined as the defense of the Christian faith. The word “apologetics” derives from the Greek word apologia, which was originally used as a speech of defense or an answer given in reply. In ancient Athens it referred to a defense made in the courtroom as part of the normal judicial procedure. After the accusation, the defendant was allowed to refute the charges with a defense or reply (apologia). The word appears 17 times in noun or verb form in the New Testament, and both the noun (apologia) and verb form (apologeomai) can be translated “defense” or “vindication” in every case.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Dear Pastor and Ministry Leader, What is Your Church Doing to Equip Your People?

This is a unique post, but I am feeling a little concerned right now thinking some very poignant   thoughts about the condition of the church in our current cultural condition.  We live in a culture that is laced with all these ideologies, and we see Christians compromising on matters of truth, sexuality, and morals in general.  

I am not angry, just very concerned why church pastors do not see the need to train their church members to defend their faith.  Why do they not understand that the average person sitting in the pew may not accept what they are preaching because they are not hearing why they should see it relevant for their lives.  Why do they not see that 60-80% of their young people from ages 18-30, leaving the faith and becoming skeptics.   

I am thankful to be in a church, whose pastors see this need. But we are looking to not be a part our churches ministry.  I also looking to "get off the porch" and be a part of holding events here in the Fredericksburg area, whether it is at a church, a neutral setting or the local college and university campuses. So with this little rant, let me ask you, the pastor and ministry leader some very straight forward questions.

If you are a pastor or a ministry leader, may I ask you a few questions? 
  1. In the past year, what have you stopped doing to communicate and defend the faith? Have you ever started anything since you have been at your position?
  2. What, if anything, have you started doing to equip your church? If nothing, why?
  3. How could a trained apologist assist you in reaching the lost and equipping your church? 
  4. Over the long-haul, what questions or issues do you see undermining your members' ability to stick it out with Christ?  How can our team of trained apologists help?
  5. What are the greatest obstacles preventing the average church and Christian school (K-12 and undergrad) from being more involved in teaching apologetics? 
  6. What steps can be taken to overcome these obstacles?

Please feel free to leave your comments below.  I would love to dialogue with you and share more with you about the "problem" in our culture and a solution to come alongside you and assist you in  strengthening your church to stand in this post Christian culture.  You can also find more information on the "project" here on this page.

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