It is often wrongly assumed that apologetics is only for smart people, professionals, and those in the university. Not so! Apologetics is important for every Christian without exception. Let’s look at 3 pieces of Scripture that call every Christian to do apologetics.
1.We are to Make Disciples
Matthew 28:18-19 – Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
Have you ever considered that some of the disciples were people who would have likely been hostile to Christianity if Jesus Himself didn’t call them personally? Tax-collectors, Pharisees, Zealots, Fishermen. They probably would have been quite happy in their old lifestyle if they weren’t persuaded that there was something better.
Here Jesus is calling us to make disciples. Isn’t it reasonable to assume that we will find people are hostile to our message at first? Didn’t Jesus promise this (John 15:18-21)?
Unfortunately, you’re not Jesus and you can’t simply give people a look that makes them give up their whole lives to be a disciple. You’ll need to be a bit more persuasive than that. Simply preaching at someone without doing any sort of apologetics may work, but it’s less common in today’s day and age. You will get asked challenging questions which leads to the next point…
1 Peter 3:15 – In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, 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
When you step out in faith to evangelize and make disciples, you will inevitably have to make a case for the reasonableness at Christianity. It doesn’t matter if you’re the average Christian who attends church on a Sunday and nothing more, you will need to be prepared to make a case for Christianity when your non-Christian friend, co-worker, family member, asks.
If someone were to ask you in the next 5 minutes to make a case for why Christianity is true, would you be ready? Do you have some sound arguments that you could make with points that support your conclusion that Christianity is true? You could be asked at a moment’s notice and if you’re not ready then you may miss a golden chance to share the Gospel later on.
The aim of apologetics should be to equip you for evangelism. It may be hard work and require some time, but we’ve already seen from the first point that we should be out there trying to make disciples. If we are ready to make a case for Christianity then the end result is the next point…
3.Love God with all Your Mind
Luke 10:27 – “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
If we make disciples and do the hard work it takes to study to prepare to make a case for Christianity, then we are actually worshiping God with our minds. And this is a Biblical command.
Some people are fine with loving God with all their heart, soul, strength, and loving their neighbours… but often miss out on loving God with their mind. If we aren’t loving God with our minds, we must be loving something else with our minds. How much mind-work do you put into other things (hobbies, social media, work/school related information, conspiracy theories, favourite topics, etc.)? Surely, God is more important than all these other areas!
If you put all these three verses in order, we are left with the call for every Christian to engage in making disciples (often called evangelism). When we evangelize, we expect that people will have objections and we prepare to answer those objections (with apologetics). If we are evangelizing and preparing ourselves with apologetics for rejections, then we are loving God with our minds.
The Bible is calling every Christian to engage in apologetics no matter how tough it may be. It’s not just for professionals as is discussed in this post
– Tyson Bradley