Eight Lessons on Being an A-Paul-ogist
by Tim Barnett
Every follower of Christ is commanded to be an apologist. Many verses could be cited, but the most well known comes from the apostle Peter. Writing to Christians in Asia Minor who are facing intense persecution, Peter encourages them to be ready to engage those who oppose the gospel. He writes,
[I]n your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15)
The Greek word translated “defense” is apologia. It’s used eight times in the New Testament and always denotes a formal defense (or reasoned argument) for one’s position.
So, the Bible tells us to be apologists. But does the Bible show us how to be apologists?
I think Acts 17 definitely answers this question. If we want to be effective apologists, we should…