5 Ways Apologetics Strengthens Our Faith
By Dr. Dillon Burroughs
When people hear the word “apologetics,” they often wonder why you are apologizing. However, apologetics is from the Greek word apologeia meaning a defense. Christians use the word apologetics to describe the practice of presenting evidence in support of the beliefs of Christianity.
A form of the word apologeia is used in 1 Peter 3:15-16 where we read:
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. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
These words offer five ways the field of Christians apologetics strengthens our faith.
1. Apologetics Encourages Personal Spiritual Growth
Peter encouraged early believers to, “Always be prepared to give an answer.” His words reflect the attitude of Jesus who often responded to others who criticized his teachings.
How can we be “prepared to give an answer”? Some examples include:
- Practice sharing your personal story of coming to faith in Jesus
- Reading Scripture to know the real story of Christianity
- Studying Christian resources to better understand the Bible’s teachings
- Memorizing Scripture for personal growth and to share with others
Apologetics is not primarily academic; apologetics emphasizes personal growth that helps us stay fresh in our walk with God.
2. Apologetics Prepares Us to Share Our Faith
We are to be prepared to give an answer “to everyone who asks you to give a reason.” This includes family members, classmates, coworkers, neighbors—anyone interested in knowing more about the hope in our lives.
When we prepare to answer the questions of other people, we can more confidently share how Jesus has changed our lives and can someone else. We don’t need to be experts, but we do need to live as experienced practitioners. In other words, we speak from a life that is committed to Christ and seeks to reflect his teachings…