The Importance of Studying Apologetics Regularly

by Alan Shelmon

I was recently asked, what is the role of apologetics? What is the value for the average Christian in studying apologetics? Is there any profit to doing so? This is a great question. I see apologetics not as an end in itself but rather a means to an end. In other words, when I’m talking to people who don’t share my faith convictions, for example, non-believers, I don’t bring up apologetic issues. It’s not like I start off by trying to talk about stem cell research, or abortion, or Islam, or homosexuality, or evolution. Rather, when I talk to someone who doesn’t share my faith, I want to present to them the gospel, Jesus Christ.

I’m an ambassador for Jesus, and I’m called to proclaim the message of reconciliation to these people, and so that’s what I do. That’s how I start off. Chances are, they’re not going to want to accept the message of reconciliation that God has. Chances are that they’ll have a reason why they don’t want to do that…

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