|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Living by faith”
Our Bible verse for today: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Don’t apologize, but do be a good apologist”
“Apologetics” does not mean apologizing. It’s exactly the opposite. Apologetics is actually a form of discourse and debate that involves providing well-reasoned arguments in justification of something. It’s an explanation and defense of a position or belief. Although this form of discourse is very common and is used to explain and defend virtually every subject, the term “apologetics” is most commonly used in reference to explaining or defending religious theory and doctrine.
Christian apologetics is the discipline of explaining and defending the Christian faith by means of systematic, logical, and well-constructed lines of reasoning. It’s what Peter was referring to in 1 Peter 3:15 (above) when he told us we should always be prepared to explain our faith, and it’s something every Christian should learn to do at some level. We should all be able to provide a clear explanation of what we believe and why we believe it.
It’s true that there is a formal field of Christian apologetics that is advanced, and for which men and women receive years of training. It’s actually a subspecialty in the world of Christian ministry for which colleges and seminaries award advanced degrees. But you don’t need a Bible College education to do this. Any time we explain or defend our faith we’re engaging in apologetics. A clear, thoughtful, logical explanation of Christianity is the way in which many people need to be approached. For them, the faith has to make sense on an intellectual level.
For people like that, Lee Strobel’s book “The Case for Faith” will be helpful. It is an excellent, clear, and easy-to-read case for faith in God. It would be a good book to give as a gift to the people you know who are struggling to believe.
We don’t have to apologize for our faith, but we do need to be good apologists for it.
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