As we engage in the work of explaining to others the truth of the gospel, we must not let the work of apologetics distract us from the power of the apologetic embedded in the message itself. That is, that “God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself.”

His love, forgiveness, and willingness to be Lord of our lives is the greatest apologetic of all. And it speaks to the deep felt needs of every human heart. —Jerry Root (from, What Are Christian Apologetics, and How Do They Relate to the Gospel Anyways?)