Christian apologetics is for every believer, and not just for a select few. When Peter wrote to the church, he wrote to all Christians. First Peter 3:15 tells us that we are ALL called “to give a reason” for why we believe what we believe (1 Peter 3:15-17). It is not an additional upgrade to a version of Christianity nor is it for a special elite group of believers.
As a minister of the gospel, I believe that Christian apologetics is a part of loving God with our mind and that it has been a forgotten spiritual practice in the church today. Richard Land, the President of Southern Evangelical Seminary, stated not too long ago, that one cannot do evangelism, church ministry, church planting, preaching, and teach Sunday school without undertaking in the task of Christian apologetics. And I agree with that!
Let me ask you a question: If someone were to ask you WHY you are a Christian could you answer them without giving your personal testimony (HOW you got saved)? Could you give a reason for the hope you have without making your challenger think you were brainwashed?
Pastors and Ministry Leaders, are you tired of seeing youth walking away from their faith in their first year away from home or in college, never to return? Did you know that 75%-80% of the kids coming out of Christian homes are walking away. And still there are many more being enticed at a younger age, as young as Middle School. Putting it plain and simple, they are being talked out of their faith, because we have not told them WHY it is TRUE.
Now Pastor, please let me ask this question: How well are you carrying out the part of your job description found in Ephesians 4:12, “equipping the saints for the work of ministry” in this post Christian culture? Are your people able to answer life’s biggest questions, so as to be an articulate witness for the gospel in our culture? What are you doing to equip them to answer those questions?
There has been a tectonic shift in our culture that has impacted the Church in America. If we were to take a poll, I will bet that you could tell me about your children, grandchildren that have heard all the right things. They have been in good schools. They have had great role models, but when they went away to college and now no longer share your faith, your values, or your morality. And we are all scratching our heads, ‘What in the world happened?”
Have you ever tried sharing your faith (the gospel) with a loved one or someone very close to you, only to have them shut you down? Welcome to post truth America!
What We Desire to Do For You: This ministry will train and equip YOU in reaching this post-truth culture with the gospel, by undergirding evangelism with the task of apologetics.
Our goal and desire is to equip you with the ability to articulate your Christian faith to the happy cultured pagan, challenging them to think upon and allow, with the conviction of the Holy Spirit, come to believe the truth of the gospel and trust Christ alone for their salvation.
We call it conversational evangelism undergirded by apologetics. We bring training in to equip you to walk in the spiritual disciplines as a follower of Jesus Christ.
People today have good questions, but sometimes those questions have underlying questions attached themselves to the primary question that the person has really bothering them. In many arenas, we are finding that it is important to answer the questioner, and not the question.
Ravi Zacharias has said, that “the questions have not changed, but rather it is how those questions are articulated and how our answers come across in the culture.”To follow up this with a summarizing thought from a talk from Michael Ramsden, “It is always wrong to give the right answer to the wrong question.”
With the church in a culture proclaiming that “Jesus is the answer, Jesus is the answer,” are we hearing the culture’s response to the perceived “spiritual mugging,” “if Jesus is the answer then what is the question?” America is now an “anti-Christian” culture embracing a post-truth mindset, with a smorgasbord of ideologies, and moral issues fastening themselves to this mindset. This is what is challenging the Christian worldview. This ministry trains you to engage that cultural mindset with the truth of the Christian faith that is centered on the gospel.
Please feel free to check out our website and keep watch for the growing amount of resources coming on to this site. I pray that we might be able to serve, you, or your church, or student ministry on the college campus by coming and sharing with you from a wide range of topics, question and answer sessions or workshops.
Let us work together for the glory of God in the understanding the Great Commandment and the Great Commission and reach the culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ.