Does the idea of sharing your faith with others and having spiritual conversations make you nervous?
If so, then be encouraged because you live in a day and age where you have more spiritual truth resources available to you than at any other time in history. All it takes for you to become comfortable talking about spiritual things and sharing your faith is time and experience – time spent reading, studying and thinking about Biblical truth and doctrine and experience talking with others about these things.
Apologetics is the term used for the taking about and defending the tenets of one’s faith. The term “apologetics” comes from the Greek word “apologia” (ἀπολογία), which means “speaking in defense.” Apologetics is not the practice of “apologizing” for one’s beliefs, as one might assume, but rather making statements about and sometimes even defending one’s beliefs.
Many Christians never take the initiative to share their faith with others because they are afraid that someone will ask them a question that they do not know how to answer.
The good news is that there are many websites and books available to help believers understand the answers to various “tough” questions that might be asked by someone investigating Christianity and faith in Christ.
Here are four things to remember when sharing your faith:
1) God calls us to share the Good News of Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit and leave the results up to Him. It is not your skill or persuasiveness that will lead someone to faith in Christ as his/her Savior. We simply need to plant seed of the Gospel and water seeds that have already been planted, and allow God to cause the growth (1 Corinthians 3:1-8).
2) Pray before, during and after your witnessing opportunities.
3) Never argue when sharing your faith. Arguing seldom, if ever, gets you anywhere.
4) Do not put anyone down for questions they may ask about faith in Christ and Christianity, no matter how seemingly absurd a given question may seem. Questions are good and indicate a willingness to understand and learn; downplaying or criticizing someone’s questions is bad and pushes people away from God.
This being said, listed below are some great resources for sharing and defending your faith and gaining greater understanding of other systems/doctrines of belief. These resources deal with everything from tough Bible questions, interpretation of tough Bible passages, understanding cults, evolution and more.
Excellent Apologetics Websites
Christian Ministries International – website of world renowned apologist Ron Carlson
Probe Ministries – articles, podcasts, powerpoint presentations, newletter, etc.
Ravi Zacharias International Ministries – powerful insight into a wide variety of apologetics issues. Ravi Zacharias is one of the most brilliant and profound of all Christian communicators in the world today.
Josh McDowell.org – articles, audio resources, free PDF books and more from one of the world’s best apologists, Josh McDowell
Lee Strobel – a video-based apologetics resource from the author of The Case for Christ and the Case for Faith.
GotQuestions.org – over 280,000 questions about the Bible answered.
Christian Research Institute – featuring Hank Hanegraaff – “The Bible Answer Man”
Walter Martin – articles and info from founder of the Christian Research Institute
Saints Alive In Jesus – resources dealing especially with several cults
The Case For Faith, Christ, Jesus, Creator, Student Pack by Lee Strobel
Answers to Life’s Difficult Questions by Rick Warren
Life’s Ultimate Questions by John P. Newport
To Everyone An Answer: A Case For The Christian Worldview – a variety of authors edited by Francis J. Beckwith, William Lane Craig and J.P. Moreland
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
Basic Christianity by John R. W. Stott