Apologetics

<<logical explanation of Bible truths>>

This term is not related to being sorry or apologising, rather it is the reasoned defense of Christian teachings against critics or explanation to those seeking to know the truth. Apologetics is based on logical rationale and scriptural knowledge, not myth, opinion or narrow-mindedness.  Paul started with the known facts about God and from that foundation moved into the unknown. He affirmed what people accepted and then presented Christ, leaving the final decision with them (Act 17:2,3,23). On numerous aspects of the faith, Christians hold differing views. However, do not argue over minor doctrinal differences. Be united in those many areas of common belief, pray with and for them, and present a unified witness for Jesus. If they have a few wrong beliefs but are open to God, the Holy Spirit can convict them. However, they might be right and your views incorrect!

If they are determined, it is difficult trying to convince others of their error (Jn 10:22-39). The truth is not threatened by debate or investigation. Aquila and Priscilla observed that Apollos was not fully conversant with the message of Christ. They explained it more completely to him and then he was more able to “prove from the scriptures that Jesus was the Christ” (Act 18:24-28).  It is not our views and opinions that count, rather it is presenting the truths of the Bible.

We should “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Pet 3:15). This means we have studied and formulated logical responses for those who enquire about the Christian faith. It is knowing why we believe what we believe, and taking captive every opposing thought

         Can I clearly and convincingly                  explain my belief in Jesus?

to make it obedient to Christ (2 Cor 10:5). Being able to refute unbiblical doctrine is a requirement of church leaders (Tit 1:9).

A reasoned ‘in plain words’ explanation of the gospel is at the heart of witnessing.

See also: Apollos, Aquila and Priscilla, belief/believe, doctrine, evangelism, facts, proselytize, reason, truth, witness/witnessing.

 


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