How to Use Apologetics

Today,, we’re talking about how to practically use apologetics to share the Gospel. Let’s take a lesson from the Apostle Paul. In Acts 17, Paul was in Athens, a city full of false teachings, and one with no knowledge of the true God. Paul wanted to evangelize these people, but soon realized that he needed to begin with apologetics.

  • First, Paul showed that he understood the Greeks’ beliefs. He noted their altar to an “UNKNOWN GOD” and offered to explain who the “unknown God” was. Of course, he was referring to the One True God, the God of the Bible.   
  • Next, Paul quoted two Greek poets, Epimenides and Aratus, as evidence of what the true God’s nature was really like.
  • Last, Paul used the credibility he had just established to tell of Christ and His resurrection. 

In the same way, we can use apologetics to show others we understand their beliefs, to cite credible evidence of the truth, and to use what we have explained to share the Gospel. 

But what should our ATTITUDE be when using apologetics? We’ll address that another time. Until then, find more apologetic resources at Stay bold! 

Carl Kerby is the founder of Reasons for Hope and co-creator of the DeBunked apologetic video series. His radio feature, Fast Facts, is heard weekly on VCY America, Saturdays at 9:25 AM Central.

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