A Brief Biblical Case for Apologetics
by Scott Smith
I was recently asked for a list of memory verses relating to apologetics. Deciding which ones to keep and which to exclude turned out to be quite a challenge. Ultimately, I decided to list them topically in a way that laid out the case for apologetics, with examples, as briefly as possible. Obviously there are more I could have included, but I didn’t want this to get any longer than it already is! If you have a favorite passage that teaches or supports apologetics, feel free to add it in the comments.
What is apologetics, and how should we do it?
- Be prepared to explain your beliefs
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect… – 1 Peter 3:15 (NIV)
- Pick your battles, but don’t avoid conflict
Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. – 2 Timothy 2:23-24
Why should we do apologetics?
- At its root, Christianity is about truth, not feelings
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. – 1 Corinthians 15:3-8
- Paul repeatedly said to
…contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. – Jude 1:3
holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. – Titus 1:9
- Christianity involves training
‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,’ – Matthew 28:19
Note: KJV says “go and teach…” Strong academic focus. Greek word for Disciple (Strong’s 3100) means, “intransitively to become a pupil; transitively to disciple, that is, enroll as scholar: – be disciple, instruct, teach.”
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