By Jason Jimenez
The method of apologetics is powerful, but the person behind it is even more so. What makes apologetics so effective is not just “giving an answer,” but doing so with “gentleness and respect.”
Therefore, when employing apologetics with someone, always make sure that your content matches the Bible, and that your character reflects Jesus Christ. Greg Koukl offers three provisions every ambassador for Christ needs to employ:
- Knowledge – an Accurately Informed Mind
- Wisdom – an Artful Method
- Character – an Attractive Manner.
Here is an acrostic that I developed that defines more or less what a defender should represent:
“Always be ready to give a defense (1 Pet. 3:15).”
“Put on the Lord Jesus Christ (Rs. 13:14).”
“Obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29).”
“Let love be without hypocrisy (Rs. 12:9).”
“Obedient in all things (2 Cor. 2:9).”
“Give thanks to God always (2 Thess. 2:13).”
“Imitators of God (Eph. 5:1)”
“Speaking the truth in love (Eph. 4:15).”
“Test all things, hold fast to what is good (1 Thess. 5:21).”
There are too many false views being espoused to our young people today. That’s why it’s vital that more Christians (especially parents) be properly trained in apologetics.
Pray to God that you become better trained in the areas of defending the faith. That you will develop the knowledge, skill, and passion to demolish faulty arguments, while holding fast to your faith (Col. 2:6-8).