One of the coolest things has happened lately. When I was a Jr. High Youth pastor, I started getting in to Apologetics. I tried teaching about it and weaving it in to my messages almost on a weekly basis. My students got in to it, but I could never really tell how much.
Flash forward 5 years later and now these same students, in their first year of college now, are diving head first in to the study.
Now if you have been following us you know that the tour we have been on has kept us very busy and which is awesome. However we have recently got to be at a small group Bible study at our home church which these students also attend. They started asking questions and furthering discussion about apologetics and evangelism and philosophy which made my head spin in a good way.
It’s just like building muscle. You have to apply the skills that you have learned in the correct way in order to grow stronger and deeper in your study and understanding of scripture. If you are lazy at the gym you won’t grow, likewise in your spiritual life.
What I discovered is that this time to get together with other believers and chew on ideas and discussion has furthered and deepened my own passion for study. The thing that really awes me though is the intensity in which this next generation is focusing on sharpening their faith and really taking 1 Peter 3:15 at its word and being ready to give an answer for the hope that is in us.
So how does this apply to you? Are there certain questions or concerns that you have been hearing lately that trouble you? Old advice might say to bottle that up and not to worry about it. On the contrary though I’m encouraging you to actively grow and learn from these questions.
After all 2 Cor 10:5 says
5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Take those thoughts captive. Renew your mind.
Friends or Enemies?
So today is a quick post to get you thinking. Some people I’ve talked to have an aversion to apologetics because they fear that it creates a “win the argument not the person” mentality. This is a slightly unfair criticisms since this is not what the approach to apologetics should be at all.
As you know one of my hobby horses is evangelism. Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone we encounter as commissioned to us by Jesus himself in Matthew 28. What I have discovered is that using apologetics IN evangelism is a very useful tool for some people.
There are really only two kinds of disbelief. Those who do so out of scientific knowledge and those who have an emotional block. You may be tempted to say that only the scientific doubter would be the person who could be reached with apologetics, but you’d be thinking too small. When it comes down to it, it is the Holy Spirit who does the work in someone’s life to make them new, but using something such as the moral argument to help people understand the true hopelessness without God can be an effective bridge to sharing the Gospel.
We will dive more in to this at another time, but I wanted to let you know that apologetics and evangelism can definitely go hand in hand.