Hello, My name is Rob Lundberg.
Welcome and thank for you for coming by my website. As a former pastor, and professor, I have noticed that there has been a tectonic ideological shift in our culture which has impacted the Church in America. What are evidences of this shift in the culture’s ideology?
According to a Barna study, 95% of all professing Christians have never attempted to share their faith. Out of that 5%, only 2% share on a regular basis.
So if you share a part in the 5%, how active are you in sharing your faith or doing evangelism? If you are not in the 2%, the chances are pretty good that you have run into someone with an objection that has attempted to close down the conversation or they have left you scratching your head on an objection.
In some cases, a question is asked that you might not be able to answer. Have you ever had the question, that you have been wondering about yourself “put in your lap” to answer during a “good news encounter?” While we might not be able to answer every question from the one we are speaking to, there are ways to keep the conversation going.
This is why we as Christians need to be making a case for what and why we believe is necessary in the church today.
Let’s admit it. Many Christians get intimidated by the word “apologetics.” But every Christian is called to “set apart Christ as Lord” and “be ready to give a reason (apologia) for the hope we have” in Christ. These are the two universal commands found in 1 Peter 3:15 which was written to the Church in the First Century and to today’s Church at large.
Apologetics is not about apologizing for believing what we believe. It is not about adding a dose of confusion to make the gospel sound more profound. 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. It is not a time to bow out of the conversation. This is a time to sit down with the person and work through their questions together.
When are we willing to admit, that 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?“
Having served as a pastor and a professor, and still 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 Can I Serve You or Your Church to Do Conversational Evangelism?
We 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 our 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.
I am here to serve you and your church, for the glory of God, to help in equipping more confident disciples and teaching them to do the same by growing in the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-39) in order to carry out the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) to reach the culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ.