What is apologetics? Apologetics is learning how to apologize in an elegant way right?
Um, no. Apologetics is defined as a “reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something.” So why does this matter, well it matters because you, Christian, are called to be an apologists for the Christian faith, no I’m not saying you have to go debate the Science Guy, but you are to stand up for what you believe in.
Jude 1:3-4 says “Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”
Jude wanted to write about salvation, but instead he, out of necessity, he wrote about apologetics. Contending for the faith. This is something that Christians back then had to do and we have to do too. This is important for more than just sharing the gospel. Jude said people crept into the church who are ungodly, who pervert the grace of God, and deny Christ. Not only is it your job to be an apologist to the unsaved but also to the saved. You cannot just assume every pastor is 100% correct 100% of the time, but you need to have a grasp on not just the bible, but also the evidence for the gospel.
Did you catch the part in the definition that said “reasoned arguments”? Not talk about something you think happened 2,000 years ago where a guy said a thing. You need to train yourself to be an apologist for the faith, always ready to give a reasoned argument to anyone who opposes it.
If you do not know what that evidence is then it’s time to start studying. Summer is here; no more studying, right? Wrong! I challenge all of you this summer, to learn how to contend for your faith. I have listed some resources below buy and read one of (all of) these books, dig deeper. God asks you to love Him with your heart, soul and MIND. Use your mind so you can give a reasoned argument for Christ.
1 Peter 3:15 says “...always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…”
For further study read, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be An Atheist - Turek, Case for Christ - Strobel, Cold Case Christianity - Wallace.