First, what is apologetics? A standard definition of the term is: “reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine.” While this definition is generic, we most often use the word referring to the defense of the Christian faith. The word is greek (apologia) and means ‘speech of defense.’ We consider it a biblical exercise because the word is used here:
in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you
— 1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)
The phrase “a defense” is the word apologia.
So, from this, we gather that it is our job as believers to “make a defense” for our faith. Being able to explain and protect the validity of the faith we uphold.
As stated, there are many excellent sites. To begin, we will just list some, and then in the days to come, we will add some posts about each, discussing strengths and weaknesses (from our point of view).
Two verses outline the instruction:
“Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity” (Hebrews 6:1).
And the apostle Peter says,
“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
There are a number of approaches to growth, and a list here would inevitably be unsatisfactory. But a list we will attempt, just to get you started.
But first, a little explanation of what we mean by growth. Our tendency is to see it as an effort on our part to earn our salvation. This is not what we mean. Growth is a work of the Holy Spirit, and our “discipline of growth” is learning to let God be in control by learning how to surrender self.
The measuring stick of growth is the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). By the very nature of this phrase, we can see that it is the Spirit that is doing the work. We are the beneficiaries.
This does not mean we sit idly back and let the Spirit work. That doesn’t happen. The process of “letting go and letting God” is actually hard work. It requires a study that increases our knowledge and awareness of who God is and what He has done, it requires being a disciple and being a discipler, it requires practicing of spiritual disciplines that improve our ability to live a life of self-denial – with the goal to be able to say, not I, but Christ in me.
To begin the process, we would recommend two steps: start reading your Bible daily. Use a read through the Bible (suggestions will be listed above) approach; and, second, pray.
Prayer is a big part of the Christian life. Many believers struggle with this critical part of spiritual growth. We will recommend books and guides to help. So, stay tuned to this page.