The Simple Guide to Christian Apologetics

by Arthur Khachatryan

Christian apologetics – the pursuit of demonstrating the evidence and providing reasons for the truth of the Christian worldview – is commanded in Scripture. Those familiar with Christian apologetics will likely know at least some of how this is best done to be both Scripturally sound and persuasive.

If you think that apologetics is unnecessary or competes with the Holy Spirit in drawing believers, you have the wrong picture. Scripture commands us not only to believe but also to be able to defend the truth of Christianity. Consider the fact that Christ said that we must love God with our minds as well as with our heart, soul and strength (Luke 10:27). Consider that Peter commands us not only to revere Christ as Lord but also to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Peter 3:15). Unfortunately, most Christians do not take this command seriously. I admit that beginning to defend the Christian worldview can be a daunting task. The barrage against Christian beliefs takes no rest on the internet and in the public square, and intimidation is rampant. However, given our delegated responsibility, we have to start somewhere.

As in the insertion of a bud or shoot of one plant into another found in horticulture, the Christian life can and should be augmented by the grafting of the shoot of the life of the mind with the life of the heart. I’ve come up with a mnemonic device, “GRAFTERS,” to help make it easy to memorize. And if you’re already familiar with Christian apologetics, this may offer some helpful tips to help improve in your endeavors…
 
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