- What is Apologetics? A rational and reasonable defense of the truth claims of Christianity.
- What is the value of Apologetics? It can be a springboard to sharing the gospel with others, it can remove (or ease) intellectual and emotional barriers to faith, it can strengthen our own faith in God. Apologetics cannot make a person a Christian, answer all spiritual questions, or solve all your problems. Apologetics is a tool to lead us to the Bible and ultimately to the cross of Christ.
- What should Apologetics accomplish? It should never be merely an intellectual exercise (a spiritual game of chess with the world). It should be practical, relational, humble, and loving.
- Who should be involved in Apologetics? 1 Pet 3:15 teaches us that all believers who are asked by anyone for a reason for our hope should be prepared.
- Why should we be concerned about Apologetics? God commands us to be ready, the world is watching the church, we are to be good ambassadors for Jesus Christ.
- When should we be engaged in Apologetics? We should always be ready for a wise response fitting to the situation and audience.
- How should we do Apologetics? Many “methods” that have pragmatic value including Classical (“Come let us reason”), Evidential (“What does the weight of the evidence point toward?), and Presuppositional (“You must assume the Christian worldview because it is the only coherent worldview”). Apologetics as a Defense and as an Offense. Because it is a tool, we may wisely use any number of methods depending on the situation.
What are some of the most common spiritual questions and objections that people ask? We shall look at six in the next six lessons.
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