Case-Making 101: Why Do Christians Need To Understand and Practice Apologetics?

by Teri Dugan

What is Christian Apologetics?

  • The word “apologetics” comes from the Greek word “apologia,” pronounced “ap-ol-og-ee’-ah.” It means, “a verbal defense.” It is used eight times in the New Testament: Acts 22:1; 25:16; 1 Corinthians 9:3; 2 Corinthians 10:5-6; Philippians1:7; 2 Timothy 4:16, and 1 Peter 3:15.
  • Apologetics is the Biblical call to all Christians to give a defense of their faith. Apologetics, apologia in the Greek, means to give a defense, like one would do in a court of law.
  • Christian Apologetics seeks to address misconceptions and defend the Christian faith from an intellectual point of view along with a Biblical worldview. It deals with the pursuit and defense of GOD’S TRUTH.
  • Apologetics helps point people to truth found in Scripture and the ultimate truth that came in the person and teachings of Jesus.

Is there a Biblical Model for Apologetics?

Jesus used apologetics:

Jesus disclosed His fulfillment of the Old Testament Law and prophecy:

  • “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.  Matthew 5:17-18

Jesus defended the importance of understanding the Scriptures:

  • “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.”  -Matthew 22:29

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