If you are a Christian and you are reading this blog, you probably have some degree of interest in apologetics. You may be getting your feet wet, getting your masters in apologetics, or somewhere in between. No matter where you are at in your study of apologetics, hopefully you find it incredibly rewarding and empowering to study the robust defense of the Christian faith. I know I do; as a college student at a pluralistic junior college, I can say that my study of apologetics has helped me effectively overcome objections and obstacles in believing the Gospel.
Studying apologetics often becomes contagious – once you start studying apologetics and discover how helpful and beneficial it is, you usually find yourself wanting to get your friends, family, and coworkers into the field as well. Getting people interested in apologetics starts with you, and here are three simple steps to get people curious about defending their faith:
1) Abide in Christ
Christ makes it clear in John 15 that we are to abide in Christ if we want to bear fruit. If we want to influence our friends and fellow Christians to get interested in apologetics, we need to make sure that we are abiding in Christ, for apart from him we can do nothing.
2) Focus on relevant subjects
What are the most pressing issues facing your particular social context? Religious pluralism? Dogmatic evolutionary naturalism? Rampant moral relativism? Focus on the areas that are most urgent and pressing to your social circles – make the need for apologetics relevant by addressing pressing issues and topics.
3) Talk it up!
Bring it up where you can! Season it in your conversations. Start a book study with an entry level book that handles the subject. Share links on Twitter and Facebook for people to read. Be active and proactive in making people aware of the information. Don’t keep it to yourself!
As Christians we are called to proclaim the Gospel into the world, and apologetics is a powerful tool to embolden and empower people to proclaim the Gospel with assurance that what they believe is true. Abide in Christ, study relevant and pressing topics, and then talk it up and see what happens!