Too many churches…do not make apologetics part of their teaching, preaching, or outreach. Some even ridicule it as hostile to faith. But when you read through The Book of Acts, you find that the church grew through the reasonable defense of Christianity as well as by signs and wonders. The Holy Spirit was behind both. Peter and Stephen argued that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah. Paul reasoned with the Greeks and other non-Jewish unbelievers. When he preached in Athens, he gave a profound and intellectually challenging defense of the Gospel as well as calling up short the false religions and worldviews of the Athenians (Acts 17:16-32).
Jesus Himself had a sharp intellect and did not shy away from intellectual engagement concerning His identity and teaching. He taught that the greatest commandment was to love God with all of our being, including our mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40)…Jesus was, in fact, a brilliant apologist and philosopher, and he is our model. —Douglas Groothuis (from, Apologetics in the Local Church)