9 Bible Verses on Apologetics
The word “apologetics” is not actually used in the text of the Bible. That word was coined sometime around 1725 according to Dictionary.com and is widely used today. Apologetics means “the branch of theology concerned with the defense or proof of Christianity”. Even though the word is not used in the Bible, there are verses on apologetics — or the defense and proof of Christianity.
Here are 9 of them:
1 Peter 3:15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.
Always "being ready" to explain our beliefs, means a measure of study and effort on our part. Being ready for something implies forethought and preparation before the situation even comes up.
Jude 1:3 Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.
Acts 9:22 Saul’s preaching became more and more powerful, and the Jews in Damascus couldn’t refute his proofs that Jesus was indeed the Messiah.
This verse was really interesting to me because it tells us that there is proof that Jesus is the Messiah. Christian apologists such as Lee Strobel give us proofs and examine the mountains of evidence in their books like “The Case for Christ”, and so does Norman Geisler and Frank Turek in their book “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist”, as well as David Limbaugh in “Jesus on Trial”.
It also shows that Paul was an apologist and thought it was important. He did not just tell people to trust what he was saying - he proved it to them!
Acts 18:27-28 Apollos had been thinking about going to Achaia, and the brothers and sisters in Ephesus encouraged him to go. They wrote to the believers in Achaia, asking them to welcome him. When he arrived there, he proved to be of great benefit to those who, by God’s grace, had believed. He refuted the Jews with powerful arguments in public debate. Using the Scriptures, he explained to them that Jesus was the Messiah.
Public debate can be a powerful thing, can’t it? I also think it is interesting that he showed Jesus was the Messiah using Scripture. Back then, this meant he used the Old Testament. This challenges the claim that some modern-day Christians make that the Old Testament isn’t that important or relevant.
Acts 19:8-10 Then Paul went to the synagogue and preached boldly for the next three months, arguing persuasively about the Kingdom of God. But some became stubborn, rejecting his message and publicly speaking against the Way. So Paul left the synagogue and took the believers with him. Then he held daily discussions at the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This went on for the next two years, so that people throughout the province of Asia—both Jews and Greeks—heard the word of the Lord.
I love this verse because it shows Paul “discussing” the Gospel and theology with people. He did not just give monologues about what was true. They were discussions at a lecture hall. There was critical thinking and debate going on. Our modern-day sermons in churches are just monologues that are basically motivational speeches, if anything. I know I get a lot more out of a study when there is discussion and involvement.
Acts 17:2 As was Paul’s custom, he went to the synagogue service, and for three Sabbaths in a row he used the Scriptures to reason with the people.
Acts 18:19 They stopped first at the port of Ephesus, where Paul left the others behind. While he was there, he went to the synagogue to reason with the Jews.
Again, these verses show the importance of reason in the Christian faith. Paul did not tell the Jews to just “take it on faith”, he used reason and logic to persuade.
Proverbs 9:7-8 Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return. Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt. So don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you.
You see this a lot in comment sections. You try to correct mockers of Christianity and you get insulted. Many skeptic's "questions" are not really questions, but just attacks in the form of questions.
I don't believe this means we should always just ignore mockers. Sometimes I will reply to comments attacking Christianity simply because I know other people are reading. I know the mocker is not interested in constructive dialogue, but I reply to the challenge for the sake of other people reading - I am showing other Christians how to respond and hoping to persuade people who might be "on the fence" about the issue.
If you know of any other verse on apologetics, I would love to hear from you in the comment section below. I might even add them to the list!