Weekly Blog - Mark Kelly - Does Using Apologetics Help with Christian Mission?
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Posted on: 23rd May 2024

Apologetics might sound like a fancy term, but it's simply the practice of explaining and defending the Christian faith. You might wonder if this practice actually helps with the mission of spreading Christianity. 

The answer is a resounding yes!

Let's briefly explore why without making it too complicated. First, think about conversations. When someone asks, "Why do you believe in Christianity?" it's much easier to have a ready response. Apologetics equips you with answers to common questions and objections such as, "Why does God allow suffering?" or, "How can I believe in God in an age of science?". Instead of mumbling or getting flustered, you can confidently share your reasons. Becoming proficient in basic apologetics is like having a cheat sheet for life's tough questions.

People are curious. They want to know why you believe what you believe. Apologetics helps to show that faith in Jesus isn't blind but based on solid reasoning. This can be pretty eye-opening for those who think Christians just believe without any evidence.

Another benefit is that it strengthens your own faith. When you study the reasons for your beliefs, your confidence grows. You feel more secure in your faith, which naturally shows in how you talk about it. People notice when you're genuine and confident, making them more interested in what you say.

Moreover, apologetics can break down barriers. Many folks have misconceptions about Christianity. They might think it's anti-science or just for the unthinking. By using apologetics, you can clear up these misunderstandings. You show that faith and reason can go hand in hand. 

Now, let's not forget the fun part. Engaging in apologetics can be enjoyable. Imagine having a friendly debate with a friend over coffee, discussing the evidence for the resurrection or the historical reliability of the Bible. It's like a mental workout that leaves you both better informed.

For those interested in diving deeper, here are some excellent resources:

"Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis - A classic that explains Christian beliefs in a very
accessible way. Find it HERE.

"The Case for Christ" by Lee Strobel - A former atheist journalist investigates the
evidence for Jesus. Find it HERE.

Reasonable Faith: Dr. William Lane Craig's website has many helpful articles and
resources. Visit the website HERE.

"Tactics" by Greg Koukl - A great guide on how to discuss your faith with others without
being pushy. Find it HERE.

Stand to Reason - Another excellent web resource for learning how to defend your
faith. Visit the website HERE.

I firmly believe that apologetics helps with Christian mission. It prepares you to share your faith confidently, helps others understand Christianity better, and strengthens your belief. Plus, it can be a lot of fun. So why not give it a try?

Finally, remember, sharing your faith is about conversations, not confrontations.

Happy sharing!

Mark Kelly

authorNetwork Leeds

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