I recently saw the movie God is not Dead. My own reaction to the movie is somewhat mixed to the movie. But a wise evangelist could suggest this movie to a truly seeking friend and allow it to open further conversational opportunities. This movie will likely not successfully engage those who’s minds are already made …
One skill in personal evangelism is apologetics, the ability to rationally explain and give defense for what you believe.
The word “apologetics” comes from the Greek word “apologia,” pronounced “ap-ol-og-ee’-ah.”
It means, “a verbal defense.”
It is used eight times in the New Testament:
- Acts 22:1;
- Acts 25:16;
- 1 Corinthians 9:3;
- 2 Corinthians 10:5-6;
- Philippians 1:7;
- 2 Timothy 4:16, and
- 1 Peter 3:15.
But it is the last verse that is most commonly associated with Christian apologetics.
“…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,” (1 Peter 3:15).
“Apologetics is the work of convincing people to change their views.”
Ravi Zacharias of RZIM is one of my favorite apologists. His Youtube video channel has over 2,000,000 views and I could spend a day watching each video. The strength of his ministry is an apologetics and philosophy. If that is your evangelism style, his material will help you.