TACTICS IN CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS: An Introduction to the Strategic Aspects of Christian Apologetics/Evangelism Defending the Christian Faith: Presumes 4 essential presuppositions: (1) Knowledge: An accurately informed mind; (2) Wisdom: An artful and cogent application of knowledge; Defending the Christian Faith: Presumes 4 essential presuppositions: (3) Character: An attractive manner; a person of biblical integrity in daily living; (4) Dependency: A disposition of moment-by-moment dependency upon the God of the Bible (1 Thess. 5:22-23) Defending the Christian Faith: Regarding Dependency upon God you must: (a) yield to God (Rom. 12:1; Rom. 6:22); (b) separate from sin (Psalm 119:11; Gal. 5:16- 23; Rom. 8:4; 1 John 1:9); (c) actively grow (2 Cor. 3:18; 2 Pet. 3:18). Defending the Christian Faith Involves Three On-Going Strategic Aspects: (1) Strategy: deals with content, information, & reasons why someone should believe Christianity is true; (2) Tactics: entails “arranging” your resources, employing your knowledge, the orderly, immediate, hands-on maneuvering of the particulars; (2) Spiritual Self-Assessment: involves seriously examining our spiritual maturity. This involves both vivification and mortification. Where do we stand in our intimacy w/ God? Strategy in Apologetics Involves: Defensive Apologetics: responding to the challenges and answering the problems when Christianity is challenged (e.g., reconciling the goodness of God and the reality of evil); Offensive Apologetics: making a positive case for the truthfulness of Christianity (e.g., evidence for the existence of God). Strategy and Tactics in Apologetics: Strategy is the big picture: 1. Planning & directing the large scale operation; 2. Positioning prior to actual engagement; Strategy and Tactics in Apologetics: Strategy is the big picture: Always remember that… Christianity is well positioned (strategic superiority) in the larger context of religious alternatives & ideas because we have the best answers to the deepest questions (creation; sin; redemption). Tactics in Christian Apologetics: Tactics involves the detail of actual engagement: 1. Literally “the art of arranging”; 2. Maneuvering in an engagement in the face of an enemy; 3. Deploying assets, putting them into action to gain an advantage; 4. Often a clever commander can obtain the advantage over a large force through superior tactical maneuvering (e.g., General George Patton). Spiritual Assessment for Christian Apologetics: Spiritual Self-Examination involves the following: 1. Investigation of my sinful tendencies (e.g., the mortification of habitual sins; the confession of sin; avoiding temptation); 2. Investigation of my intimacy with God (e.g., am I walking by means of the Holy Spirit, actively pursuing the God of the Bible; meditating upon Scripture; meeting the needs of others above my own; being a person of prayer).
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