by Rob Lundberg
I am sure the title of this post might stir a question like, “What do you mean apologetics helps our spiritual development?” Living in a post Christian culture, apologetics is needed more and more in our evangelism. And it has been said at the National Conference on Christian Apologetics, a few years ago that apologetics is needed in many facets of how we “do church.” So if apologetics is helpful in how we do church, and since we are part of the church, I believe there are four ingredients that apologetics injects into our spiritual development.
- Apologetics can deepen our relationship with God. When you’re in a relationship with someone, knowing more about that person can take that relationship deeper. Thinking of God is the Prime Mover, the Uncaused Cause, and Designer of the universe. With these ideas for understanding more about God, you and I come can come to a deeper appreciation for the very first verse of the Bible (Genesis 1:1), “In the beginning God created. . . ” That is because the more we know about God, the God of the Bible, the more we will love Him. This is where apologetics helps deepen our understanding and relationship with God.
- Apologetics provides us a greater sense of awe towards God. Springboarding off the first ingredient, and thinking about God, when we learn the arguments and think them through, we can acknowledge true things about God. Think of God and praying to the One who got the universe started. Think of God as the One holding all the molecules together and creating the matter around us to live and move and have our being. When we see His power, thinking apologetically, our sense of awe about the God we worship increases.
- Apologetics puts us in positions where we find the need to trust God. We don’t know the path the investigation of truth and the knowledge of God will take us. There are things that happen in life, where we have to trust God in a deeper way. When we find ourselves in tense time, we can have the assurance of the fact that the Lord knows what is going on behind the scenes of eternity. All we need to do is trust Him through those times of the unknown. Because of the attribute that God is all knowing, we can know and have the assurance that He is not caught by surprise by anything and has His plans and our benefit for His glory in mind.
- Apologetics, properly understood, brings us to a place of humility. The more we study apologetics, the more we realize there is much we don’t know and the more opportunity we have to study and work through the answers. At some point, humility is needed to accept those moments when we do not have all the answers, which opens up an opportunity for faith. It also causes us to open the tools to study for answers and deeper our knowledge and faith.
Thinking about how fast the culture is declining, and where the church is, you and I need a deeper discipleship that incorporates the heart, the soul and the mind, and goes as far as teaching or reacquainting us with critical thinking. That is where apologetics comes in. Apologetics works as a discipline to aide us in our spiritual development. It deepens our relationship with God. It helps in understanding God and drawing us closer to a deeper sense of awe. It reinforces our trust in the Lord on deeper levels. And lastly it should keep us humble.
Rob is a blogger, writer and public speaker on a mission to equip the believer to think and articulate what they believe and to communicate the message of the gospel to a confused culture in a chaotic, “brave new world.”
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