Apologetics In Your Teaching: Start With the Questions That Matter
by Tom Gilson
Fourth in a series on “How to Use Apologetics In Your Teaching Without Scaring Anyone Away.”
If you want to help your hearers know the answers to their questions, it pays to start with knowing what they’re asking. These questions — their questions — are the questions that matter.
Discovering these questions used to be difficult. Not any longer.
Now, I’ve been encouraging pastors and other teachers to bring apologetics into their churches. I don’t care if you actually use the word apologetics; in fact it’s better if you don’t. I’ve been told the word has only been in use for a little over a hundred years anyway. If the Church got along without it that long, your church can get along without it now.
But it can’t get along with serious unanswered questions. And I’ve heard many horror stories — they never come out well in the short run, though God does redeem them sometimes — of people whose questions have been ignored.
But how do you know their questions? As I said, it used to be harder. College students would come home with challenges from their professors that no one at your church had ever heard before…