I teach apologetics at South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary, and it is one of my favorite classes. What is apologetics? It means having a reasoned defense for what and why we believe in any particular religious doctrine.
There are several methods used to teach apologetics; Presuppositional Method, Reformed Epistemology Method, Cumulative Case Method, Evidential Method, and Classical Method. I urge you to research these methods on your own and find out which is best for you to learn how to defend your faith to help bring others to Christ. I use a combination of all these methods to show others the love of Jesus; biblical truth, scientific laws, general revelation, miracles, human reasoning, judicial reasoning, and factual findings.
With all the evidence, no one is without excuse, as Romans 1:20a NIV reads:
For since the creation of the word God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.~Romans 1:20a NIV
With all the evidence, without given in love, believers come across as clanging symbols to the ears of the unbeliever. We see this in 1 Corinthians 13:1 NIV, which reads:
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.~1 Corinthians 13:1a NIV
There are many Christians who are judgmental, and instead of offering love, offer condemnation. How can we bring someone to the truth of the love and sacrifice of Christ if you are condemning them in His Name?
Taylor Swift’s new song, “Calm Down,” has a good point. Some Christians need to calm down. God commanded Christians to love one another as Christ loves. The reason we defend our faith is not that we want to be right and prove others wrong, pointing accusatory fingers at people. Rather, everything we do must reflect Christ, who lives within us. Our actions should be for God’s glory and the gospel message.
The reason we defend our faith is not that we want to be right and prove others wrong, pointing accusatory fingers at people. Rather, everything we do reflects Christ, who lives within us.~Lee Ann Mancini, executive producer of Sea Kids animation
The best apologists who walked the earth was Jesus Christ. John 3:17 NKJV explains this:
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.~John 3:17 NKJV
Why are we not doing the same? All sin is sin. Everyone who accepts the Lord Jesus and as their Savior will be saved. I don’t remember reading any exceptions. You shall be saved except if you are an alcoholic, a drug addict, a killer, or a homosexual–these are found nowhere in scripture. Jesus forgives all who come to Him and repent.Everything we do reflects Christ, who lives within us, and our actions should be for God’s glory and the gospel message. #VineWords #LeeAnnMancini #Apologetics Click To Tweet
Theodore Roosevelt stated, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Let’s show how much we care by defending our faith in love, reaching out to the lost, and building spiritual bridges that will help to establish a way for a loving dialogue. In this way we can bring sinners to salvation.
Let us be the Christians who love in the name of Jesus!
As a living epistle, share three ways you can show those around you how much you care.
Heavenly Father, help me to be a conduit of Jesus Christ’s love, and a witness of the Gospel of grace.
In Jesus’ s Name I pray, Amen.
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LEE ANN MANCINI
Meet Our Contributor
LEE ANN MANCINI
Lee Ann Mancini received a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies from Regent University, a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Trinity International University) in addition to two Master’s degrees from Knox Theological Seminary in Biblical and Theological Studies, as well as Christian and Classical Studies.
She is an Award-winning Christian children’s author. She is the author of the Sea Kids book series and the executive producer of the Sea Kids animation series, which can be found on Right Now Media, Pure Flix, Trinity Broadcasting Network, and SeaKidsTV.com. She also hosts a podcast, Raising Christian Kids.
Lee Ann is a Bible study writer for VineWords: Devotions and More, and a contributing author to Love Knots: Stories of Faith, Family, and Friendships (VineWords Publishing).
She holds a board position with South Florida Bible College & Theological Seminary and is an adjunct professor. She also holds a board position with the Alexandrian Forum under the tutelage of Dr. Warren Gage Th.M., J.D., Ph.D. This forum seeks to bring a greater understanding of the Bible by hosting annual Typology Conferences in South Florida, dedicated to the theme of Christ as the center of scripture. Lee Ann speaks to women’s groups regarding the redemptive power of the gospel represented through the types of brides of the Church. She maintains memberships with the Christian Women in Media Association and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association.
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