Today I want to discuss what I call practical apologetics. Furthermore, how said apologetics applies to evangelism, from a Christian perspective. Now, as an aside, I’m referring to Christian apologetics, but if you’re from a different religious sect, the same principles apply. This post will not be exhaustive teaching on apologetics, more like a quick start guide. So, let’s begin with some practical apologetics so that, as a Christian, you will be equipped for evangelism whenever and wherever the opportunity presents itself.
What exactly is apologetics?
The simple definition of apologetics is the branch of theology that deals with defending religious doctrines through argumentation. Here is a Wikipedia link for detailed information on the word apologetics and history of its origin: Apologetics
Do I need to acquire buku amounts of information?
For practical apologetics, no, you only need to understand some basic principles and rudimentary information. With that being said, if you desire to learn more about using apologetics to defend your faith, here is a great place to start: CARM
Why should I learn apologetics?
The most relevant answer: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15, King James Version).
Can you explain what practical apologetics means?
I use the term practical apologetics to describe an uncomplicated yet effective method for evangelizing. Traditional apologetics can be complicated and consists of several categories like classical, evidential, and presuppositional. However, for our purposes, the goal is to keep everything simple and practical.
Practical Apologetics 101
Goal – The only aim of practical apologetics is to bring individuals to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Period. We cannot convert or save anyone because we don’t have that power.
Presuppositions – There is only one God, his son Jesus Christ (God incarnate) is the only way to salvation, and the Christian Bible (God’s words) is both true and accurate. Also, we are all sinners in need of God’s salvation because that salvation with save us from eternal damnation, allowing us to spend eternity in Heaven.
Required learning – As Christians, we should be reading our Biles and studying God’s Words regularly; nevertheless, below are seven key verses you need to understand and be able to locate.
Genesis 1:1 and 1:27 (In the beginning God created Heaven, earth, man, and woman.)
Exodus 20:3-17 (To provide a list of God’s standards that we cannot meet.)
Matthew 1:23 and John 10:30 (Jesus is God incarnate.)
John 14:6 (Jesus is the only way.)
Romans 10:13 (Everyone can receive salvation.)
Daily application – The method for using practical apologetics is easy; you speak about the things of God in your conversations with everyone you come in contact with—whether they are a Christian or not. Accordingly, either they will quiz you about religious matters, or you can initiate by asking questions.
Example 1: You are speaking with a coworker regarding the upcoming weekend.
Coworker: “I can’t wait for the weekend. I’m looking forward to getting some extra sleep.”
You: “Yeah, I’m looking forward to the weekend, too. I love going to church on Sunday.”
Coworker: “You go to church?”
You: “Yes, I love singing songs about Jesus. Hey, do you know who Jesus is?”
Example 2: An individual at the grocery store compliments you for helping an older adult.
Customer: “That was considerate of you to help him with his groceries.”
You: “Thank you! But it was nothing.”
Customer: “Well, most people wouldn’t have helped him.”
You: “I like helping others because it demonstrates the love of Jesus. By the way, do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?”
Now, after you get a conversation going, you use your knowledge of Scripture to answer questions and dispel erroneous beliefs. That’s all there is to it. Simple. You have created an opportunity to evangelize by talking about the things of God.
And there you have it. You are now sufficiently equipped to begin implementing apologetics when having an evangelical conversation with someone. Will you be nervous the first time you attempt to use this technique? Yes, but that’s okay because, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13, King James Version).