Christian Apologists: Do you know who’s in your audience?
by Robert Weston
Have you ever read something, whether it be in the Bible or some other piece of literature, and some word or phrase stood out that you had not noticed before?
I fear that sometimes verses we hear and read regularly can become so familiar that they become dull. One time, while reading through 1 Peter 3, I recognized something in verse 15 I had not really seen before. That verse reads:
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
Much of the focus in apologetics is the answer – being ready to give answers for our faith. But who are we to be ready to give an answer to? This verse says everyone.
How does one do this? In my mind I categorize people into four different audiences for Christian apologetics.
1. Myself. I admit it. There are times when I wonder if I have been duped into thinking that Christianity is real and if there is a god at all. In those times, I use what I have learned through my study of apologetics to give my faith a bit of a boost.
2. Believers. I have learned that I am not the only Christian that has times of doubt. Being ready to give my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ an answer for our shared hope in Christ is a way to carry their burdens. Believers will usually accept the Bible as a reference point, so you can use Scripture to help give them reasons for that hope…
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