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How Christian Women Can Use Apologetics In Everyday Evangelism

By Krislyn Placide

My brother is agnostic. I once was, too, but that changed.

Even though I only came to saving faith in Christ two years ago, I’ve since become so entrenched in church culture that it can be hard to bridge the gap between my brother’s belief system and my own.

But there is a common language that my brother and I can use to discuss the “big questions” — apologetics. Apologetics acts as that bridge between us, a common language with which we can talk about questions like: Is there a God? Is there one truth or several? Why should a nonbeliever trust the Bible?

I’ve seen how difficult it can be for Christians to relate to people from other worldviews. We might feel comfortable serving others a meal, healing their wounds, or washing their feet, but the great barrier arises when it’s time to have a conversation – especially about faith.

As Christian women, we have been called as foot soldiers and partners with God in spreading his message around the world. The harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few (Matt. 9:37). The work of evangelism isn’t limited to the pastor’s pulpit, but should include all the places where women go: home, work, school, errands, trips, in the park, on the phone, on the Internet– anywhere and everywhere, as the Holy Spirit leads.

While we pray for opportunities to share our faith and for the Lord to prepare the hearts and minds of others for an encounter with Jesus Christ, we can also use apologetics as a tool to better understand and relate to people–to listen, to ask questions, to respond, and to share the gospel on their perspective, whether it be rational, evidential, experiential, pragmatic, fideist, or existentialist.

I encourage you to try the following tips in your conversations as an apologist. Follow the Holy Spirit’s leading as you go.

  1. Be quick to listen: Hearing someone’s story is an act of love and kindness. Sometimes we may listen just to prepare a response, but remember that being an attentive listener is more important in this process than having the right response.
  2. Ask questions: During his ministry, Jesus often answered questions with questions instead of statements. Though we may feel like we need to know the right answer to any given question, we’re often missing a chance to dive deeper into the conversation. The deeper into conversation you go, the clearer picture will form of a person’s belief.
  3. Get to the heart of the unbelief: Let’s say you’ve broken through the intellectual barriers to belief in God. Underneath all of the head knowledge, there is often a heart reason that a person rejects God. This is a vulnerable place to go, but be obedient if the Holy Spirit calls you into this space. Ask the Lord how He can use you to minister to any pain or anger the person has, which may be at the root of their unbelief.
  4. Witness to the person’s needs: Your approach is going to be different depending on the individual you speak to: an atheist, an agnostic, a Hindu, a universalist, a Christian, a Mormon, a Jehovah’s Witness, a Muslim, a Buddhist, or a Wiccan will all have different lenses through which they view the world. Though the ultimate goal is to point to Jesus as “the way, the truth, and the life,” (John 14:6) there are many ways to lead a person to that point. Finding common ground is a good place to begin. Relate to them and bring Jesus into it.
  5. Keep the conversation going: You’re not always going to have the entire conversation in one sitting. There’s no perfect strategy for apologetics or evangelism. The truth is, with many of the people you’re witnessing to, these conversations are ongoing. Whether you talk for a few hours or a few decades, what matters is that you’re walking in the calling God has for you—the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20).

If you know a woman who’s apprehensive about learning apologetics, share this article with her. We believe that women have an important role in this ministry and God will use our humblest efforts to advance His kingdom.

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