What apologetics does for believers…

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

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