Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Video: Prepare to Defend Christianity by John Lennox


In this brief video(2:10), Dr. John Lennox explains how followers of Christ can be prepare to share their faith and how to best respond to questions others may have, even if you don't know the answer. The video can be found here.

If you are just starting to study apologetics, this is a great little talk that provides practical ways to put your study into practice.

I encourage our readers to check out more of Lennox's work here.

Also, you may want to check out this debate that Dr. Lennox had with Oxford Professor Richard Dawkins.

Courage and Godspeed,
Chad A. Gross
* The audio version of this brief talk is also available via the video link provided.

6 comments:

cv3946 said...

Thanks Chad for posting Mr. Lennox's very brief but informative video. One of the main reasons I am drawn to apologetics is to defend my faith with friends, co-workers, and family. The way to start that is through asking questions. I have one friend in mind and I keep asking myself "how do I start this process?" Lennox answered that for me today simply by saying "ask questions." And also don't pretend to know what you don't know as that can instantly turn someone off to what you are discussing if they see you digging for answers you don't know to be true. Very simple concepts that I'm praying I can put into practice everyday.

Thanks Chad!

Chad said...

cv3946,

Hey brother! When I was watching this video, I thought of you right away. I know that you had asked a question about how to share your faith with a co-worker a few days back and I felt this was a simple way to get you started!

Further, I would highly recommend Greg Koukl's newest book, Tactics. You can borrow my copy if you are interested. I believe you would really benefit from it. It deals with effective questioning when evangelizing.

Hope you are having a great one and thank you for taking the time to comment!

Godspeed

Chasen said...

This video is short, yet deep. It once again reminds us that we do not have to be all knowing. That if someone comes to us with a question we cannot answer, to be honest with them that we do not know, and then research it and get back to them. Not only will their question get answered, but also our faith will be strengthened and our skill in apologetics will increase. Again, Dr. Lennox focuses us in on the "human dimension." That apologetics is about really caring about people and what they think. Thanks for posting it Chad!

Chad said...

Chasen,

For me, it certainly puts things in perspective when Dr. Lennox states that there is a good chance that he will be asked a question that he doesn't know the answer to.

If that is true for Dr. Lennox, it is without a doubt true for me!

You are correct: "apologetics is about really caring about people and what they think."

Indeed; and I know that I have many times lost sight of that and pray that the Lord will continue to make my motives more like His own.

Chasen, what are some ways that you think apologists could keep their motives in check? In other words, how can the apologist be sure that they are focusing on caring for the person and their ideas and not winning the argument?

If anyone has any ideas, please chime in!

Godspeed

Jake said...

Whats up fellow Truth Bombers!!

Dr. Lennox does an excellent job explaining how to prepare your defense of Christianity even when you don't know the anser.

With my job, I have so many opportunities to witness to co workers and so called "customers". Anyway, I used to have such a problem with asking questions about someones faith or why they believed a certain way. I always felt that if they in turn asked me a question, that I wouldn't know it and that I would look foolish. However as my faith has grown stronger, God has worked through me and given me the strength to ask questions.

Also, when you start asking questions about someones faith, you might have just planted a seed in them, or better yet watered a seed that someone else planted.

See ya soon, and keep truthbombing!!
Jake

Jake said...

cv3946,

Whats up man!! Hey just a little bit of encouragement. You have already "started your process" with your co-workers by your actions around them everyday. They are watching, and they notice that there is something different about you, something glowing because you have the light of the world living inside you.

This Bible verse has helped me: Isaiah 55:11 "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." (NKJV)

Praying for ya and keep up the great work you are already doing!!

Jake