Apologetics and Witnessing

[21] Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, [22] and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21-22)

I’m starting to see apologetics and witnessing as two sides of the same coin. Our Scripture passage for this week illustrates this well.

Apologetics is a reasoned defense of the Christian faith. Witnessing is sharing the Good News from Scripture about Jesus. Both are based on God’s Word. Both start and end with Jesus. Both are essential for us as Christians. 

Notice that in Luke 3:21-22 all three persons of the Godhead are present: Jesus is baptized, the Holy Spirit descends upon Jesus and God the Father speaks from heaven. 

This is a powerful passage for defending the Biblical teaching of the Trinity. At the same time, this account provides us with a moving way to share insights about God. 

Too many times Christians fall into the trap of thinking that apologetics and witnessing are only for engaging with non-Christians. The fact is apologetics and witnessing also encourage and equip brothers and sisters in Christ. 

(This devotion is one in a series called “A Second Look,” written for the congregations of the Ohio District – LCMS).


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