It takes much more than an excitement or appreciation about apologetics to be a good apologist. You can have read dozens of apologetics books and have listened to all the best podcasts and still be ineffective as an apologist.
Here are four Rs that can get you started on the road to being an effective apologist.
Our society has gotten used to quick answers. For some people, a Facebook meme provides all the information they are looking for. Do not fall into this trap. Take the time to research the topic you are going to talk about. With all of the good tools available on the internet, there is no excuse not to research.
What is it that you are going to talk about? Apologetics is not for you to show off how much you know about your favourite subject. Apologetics is providing a reason for your faith in order to bring someone closer to Jesus. Make sure that what you are going to say is relevant to the person you are talking about.
We are called to provide a reason for the hope within us. What are those reasons? Work through the reasons why you became a Christian and why you still believe. The reasons can be on the intellectual level, but experience can be a reason as well.
The manner in which we present our reasons is just as important as the content of those reasons. The moment we become disrespectful, we have shut down the conversation. The more respect we show the person, the more likely they will listen to what we have to say.The manner in which we present our reasons is just as important as the content of those reasons. Click To Tweet