There is today, a dire or urgent need, for professing Christians, to become conversant with the fundamental truths of Christianity. And there isn’t a particular age bracket associated with this need because it literally covers the full spectrum. The reality of the Christian walk is that we need to be much more knowledgeable about what God’s Word actually says, we need to understand and be conversant with the Bible’s history, the reliability of the Scriptures, plus a host of other Christian related subjects.
The English word “apology” comes from a Greek word which basically means “to give a defense.” Christian apologetics, then, is the science of giving a defense of the Christian faith. There are many skeptics who doubt the existence of God and/or attack belief in the God of the Bible. There are many critics who attack the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible. There are many false teachers who promote false doctrines and deny the key truths of the Christian faith. The mission of Christian apologetics is to combat these movements and instead promote the Christian God and Christian truth.
One of the pages on this website is devoted to covering the basics of Defending Your Faith. The direct link to this page is https://bcooper.wordpress.com/defending-your-faith-101/
One of the biggest criticisms that Jesus had for the Sadducees, who were a sect or group of Jews that was active in Judea during the Second Temple period, starting from the second century BCE through the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE, was that they did not know the Scriptures or the power of God. (Matthew 22:29 NIV) Sadly, the criticism that Jesus addressed to the Sadducees is even more rampant today.
I personally think that every Church should have classes scheduled where the basics are covered. It literally is ludicrous to think that new Christians are going to pick this up all on their own. Is it possible? Yes it is, but extremely unlikely. Mature Christians within the Church have a responsibility to take new Christians from the milk of God’s Word into solid food. It is absolutely vitally essential and extremely important.
The kicker is that it takes time, precious time, for all concerned. My wife and I raised five children, I know how limited time can be. The long and the short of it is that superficial dedication and time invested produces superficial results and that is exactly what we are seeing.
There are four essential areas that each new Christian needs to become conversant with and learn to practice on a regular schedule:
1) Prayer (Matthew: 6:8-13, 11:25-26, 26:39, 27:46; Luke: 10:21, 22:42, 23:34, 23:46; and John: 11:41-43, 12:27-28, 17:1-26)
2) Bible study (Deuteronomy 6:5-7; Proverbs 7:1-2; Matthew 22:36-40; Acts 17:11; Timothy 2:15; 2 Timothy 3:16;1 Peter 1:22-25)
3) Christian Apologetics
4) Discipleship (Hebrews 10:23-25; The book of Acts and most of the Epistles gives us a glimpse of how early Christians lived in community and how they shared their faith with others)
I’m going to provide one video, given by Dr. William Lane Craig who, according to most in the field, is in the top one percent of Christian philosophers and debaters of all time. It’s approximately 45 minutes long, which I admit is a fair amount of time, but his presentation on what Christian Apologetics is and the need to be able to defend your faith is well worth it.
And, should anyone need assistance, with any of the material provided at my Defending Your Faith 101 page link given above, please just let me know and I would be happy and honored to assist.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!