Some would think that the attitude of Advent and those often expressed via Apologetics, are at odds with each other. Advent actions and attitudes are often described with words like patience, waiting, and hope. Apologetics is often associated with abrasiveness, pompous posturing, and pithy argumentation.
What if we adopted an attitude of Advent in our apologetics all the time?
This series will conclude with 1 Peter 3:15, everyone’s favorite apologetics verse. Until then, I’d like to look to some other texts that I believe are important to any discussion on apologetics. Todays text is Acts 6:8-10
“And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people. But some men from what was called the Synagogue of the Freedmen, including both Cyrenians and Alexandrians, and some from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and argued with Stephen. But they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.”
Of particular interest is the last sentence, “But they were unable to cope with the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.” The NIV translates it this way;
“But they could not stand up against the wisdom the Spirit gave him as he spoke.”
When they could not answer Stephen’s arguments as a well known debaters, they prosecuted him as a criminal. They could not resist the Spirit that was in him. Later, Steven would say concerning them; “How stubborn can you be? How can you be so heartless and disobedient? You’re just like your ancestors. They always opposed the Holy Spirit, and so do you!”
Often, apologetics is centered on intellectual prowess or keen debating skills. It is also primarily focused on the spoken word. Steven’s apologetic contained three critical components;
- Action or deeds
2. Being present amongst others
3. Spiritually empowered disposition and discourse.
An Advent Apologetic includes all three.
Thomas a Kempis once said;
“For truly it is not deep words that makes one holy and upright; it is a good life which makes one dear to God. I had rather feel contrition than be skillful in the definition of it. If you know the whole Bible, and the sayings of all the philosophers, what should this profit you without the love and grace of God?”
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