Dear friends and fellow servants of Christ,
It is a common experience for those of us that are excited about apologetics to have trouble finding the same enthusiasm from pastors and congregants in our churches.
Apologetics (or pre-evangelism) is far too important to remain isolated from most people in the Church. Christians today likely need apologetics more than ever before.
However, helping them understand the true value of apologetics can still be a significant challenge.With all the objections that are confronting the Christian faith, what if we were to rethink our approach and stop trying to convince people that they need to do apologetics? The question would be, “How do you help them learn apologetics if you stop trying to convince them about the value of apologetics?”
What if we focused on efforts primarily on helping Christians to share their faith and have spiritual conversations in everyday life? A recent Barna survey indicated that only 13% of Christians who regularly attend church had a spiritual conversation once a week. Our efforts in apologetics will best serve the Church by helping Christians to seek out spiritual conversations and equipping them to be effective when having those conversations. This will not only lead to more successful evangelism but also building up the faith of those we help train.
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 because there has been a tectonic paradigm shift in our culture that church evangelism ministries are ignoring or totally oblivious to, and this is why Christian apologetics is necessary as a handmaiden for evangelism today.
This tectonic shift has moved us from a postmodern culture to a post-truth culture. Today’s culture thinks nothing of taking personal preferences over propositional truth. Those preferences are rooted in materialism, narcissism, hedonism, relativism, moral preferences, and all kinds of skepticism. I think we do not look have to look too far to realized that we live in challenging times.
In such an age of confusion and chaos how does one find answers to life’s deepest realities and questions? Christian apologist, Ravi Zacharias has said, “We have right to believe anything but not everything we believe is right.”
How are we to reach this culture with all the static in the way of seeing truth and Christ clearly? We call it conversational evangelism (that is undergirded by apologetics). People have good questions, and sometimes those questions have underlying questions attached to their primary question that might hinder a direct answer. With reference culture on a global perspective, Ravi Zacharias has confirmed, 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.” This is why we need a different method of communicating the life changing message of the unchanging gospel. We teach you how to do this: break down the questions to get the message of the gospel through.
In a world where the church is proclaiming with fervency that “Jesus is the answer, Jesus is the answer,” the culture’s response is something along the lines of, “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 which are challenging the Christian worldview.
If you check out our material and resources, I am thoroughly convinced that once you understand WHY Christianity is true, your testimony (HOW) will become more solidified, and you will be ready to share with anybody the credible answers to those questions objecting to the Christian faith.
I hope you will check out this webpage and the services I have to offer. I pray that you will receive encouragement, and possibly some answers, and resources. I would love to sit down with you or visit with you through the medium of Skype or Facebook Live or Google Hangouts and share with you the vision I have for equipping believers to stand firm when their faith comes under assault. It is my practice and my goal is to speak into life’s most curious questions and show you, whether you are a believer or a skeptic, why Christianity is true. And you are a believer, allow me to serve you and let’s get together and sharpen our iron to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.
Giving ’em Heaven daily,