The Forgotten Part of Apologetics
by Michael C. Sherrard
The power of the Holy Spirit in the lives of believers and His role in leading one into truth are the forgotten parts of apologetics. Evidence is good, argumentation is needed, sound logic is powerful, but they are not the fullness of truth imparting. I hold firm that we must be better than atheists at their game, that we must be better at history, textual criticism, philosophy, rhetoric and such. But we must also display the power of God that is privy only to us who believe. We must display what they have yet to possess.
In our attempt to rationally explain the Christian Faith, we must not forget the role of the Holy Spirit. It is not only us that lead people into truth. Moreover, the power of the Holy Spirit displayed in our lives is a powerful sign to an unbelieving world. This balance is hard found. Extremes are the easy road. But effective evangelism requires us to be able to give both the reason of our faith and a powerful demonstration of it (1 Cor. 1:4).
Let this truth undergird your apologetics and gospel sharing. As much as we ought to focus on knowledge and rhetoric, we ought to focus on abiding in Christ even more. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit’s work in our life combined with a renewed mind, the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:1), is the kind of apologetics that must be practiced…
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