"Apologetics is Biblically commanded of every Christian."
Prof. Craig Parton, J.D. began the first session yesterday with this statement. I had never seen apologetics (defending of the faith) as something Christians are commanded to do but here he was stating this as fact. Then, he opened the Scriptures and read the following,
...always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15, ESV)
As believers we are to know the faith so that we may proclaim the truth to the unbeliever. I'm not just talkig about know the basics but to, as the Bible says, "study to show yourself an approved worker..." (2 Tim. 2:15) However, those who want to engage often feel they are not prepared or equipped with the tools they need to actively answer the questions of unbelievers. Not only are many believers ill-equipped but they fear saying the wrong thing. They want to make an impact but just don't know how.
So, rather than running into an intellectual retreat, we should be equipping others with the tools necessary to help them answer the questions of unbelievers. Just think the value we place on training others for various tasks such as a roofer or builder, doctors and lawyers, those in the military or secur