How active are you in sharing your faith or doing evangelism? Has anyone ever asked you a question that you could not answer and felt that maybe their question was legitimate and it created doubts of your own? Did you feel like you had lost the connection in the conversation? Did you take the time to go back and find answers?
Many Christians who have a desire to share their faith and do evangelism, often feel this way when objections surface. Some of those objections may be harboring in their own minds. This is why Christian apologetics is necessary in the church today. Apolo-what?
Many Christians get intimidated by the word apologetics. But apologetics is about giving credible answers to curious questions when people ask you why you are a Christian and why you believe Christianity is true. It also serves you when you are sharing the gospel and an objection comes into the conversation. This not a time to bow out. This is a time to sit down with the person and work through their question together.
A Needed Paradigm Shift for Doing Evangelism
There has been a tectonic ideological 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?“
Let me see if I can make it a little more clearer. . .
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? Handing them that tract or sharing the Four Spiritual Laws, or some other tract just put the skids on the encounter. Now I am not saying there is not a place for all that, but we need to take a few steps back listen to the person we are sharing with, to find out where the cultural assumptions lie, and start there.
Pastor, 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? How confident are your church members about their faith and their sharing it with family members and friends? What are you doing to equip them to answer those questions should they arise in a conversation?
As a minister of the gospel, I believe that Christian apologetics is also a part of loving God with our mind (discipleship) 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. Here is where the rubber meets the road.
How We Can Serve You or Your Church:
This ministry will train and equip you and your church toward reaching this culture with the gospel, by helping them to provide answers to the objections that may confront your church members or you.
Our desire is to equip you with the ability to articulate your Christian faith in a winsome and confident manner in any kind of conversation.
We also can train your church to start spiritual conversations in a bookstore or a coffee shop or wherever one finds themselves. Who knows, it may lead to a sharing of the gospel.
We call it conversational evangelism undergirded by apologetics. We bring training in to equip you to walk in confidence within 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?” How do we get beyond this? It is called conversational evangelism.
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, as we grow as disciples understanding the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-39) and carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) to reach the culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ.