Before I move past the topic of what apologetics does for people, let me encourage you with a few thoughts on what studying and telling others about the evidence and logic behind our faith does for us as believers:
- It helps us grow in understanding our own beliefs as we learn about the evidence, the Bible, and other belief systems in the effort to help our friends move toward Christ.
- It gives us clarity on what we believe, much as a final test in school helps us pull together all that we’ve learned—or should have learned—during the semester.
- It gives us confidence concerning why we believe what we believe as our faith stands up to scrutiny and challenges.
- It gives us spiritual stability, preventing us from being “tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching…” (Eph. 4:14).
- It matures us in our faith and helps shape us for leadership in the church as ones who can “encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it” (Titus 1:9).
- It expands our capacity to “love … God … with all [our] mind…” (Matt. 22:37).
— Mark Mittelberg, from Reasons for Faith, Norman Geisler and Chad Meister editors, p. 23