Apologetics is the field of study that seeks to address how Christians should communicate with others, especially unbelievers. Peter, in I Pet. 3:15 says, “but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” The phrase “make a defense” is a translation of the Greek word “aplogia” the word we get “apologetics” from. It is usually translated “defense” and describes a reasoned argument, verbal explanation, or answer given in defense of something.
A problem frequently encountered in the field of apologetics is that many, having come to the conclusion Christians need to “make a defense” of what they believe, think that all that is needed is an informed, reasoned, logical argument. They assume that such an argument will persuade and convince unbelievers of the truth claims of Christianity. However, this never works. There are spiritual barriers both inside and out which get in the way of unbelievers understanding the truth. These spiritual barriers make Christian communication unique among all others.
Therefore, before reaching out to lost people, it is necessary to understand the spiritual nature, disposition, attitudes, and barriers which keep unbelievers from embracing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We will certainly err if we attempt to treat the gospel like any other information. Our methods for communicating the truths of the Bible must take into consideration what the Bible teaches about Christian communication and the unbeliever. If we fail to understand these things we are doomed to failure, frustration, and wasting time that could be better spent in other pursuits. In this four lesson series we will look at 1) why men don't seek God, 2) different apologetic methods, 3) the most biblical apologetic method, and 4) how to apply the biblical method to evangelism.