Editor’s note: This post originally appeared on Think Apologetics. Tabernacle of David considers this resource trustworthy and Biblically sound.
So are you are a Christian who is really interested in Christian apologetics? Given this next year is about to start, what do you want to accomplish in in 2019? Here are some of tips:
1. Set realistic and time- bound goals: I can speak from experience and say that unless I set very specific goals with a start and end date, it doesn’t get done! Feel free to check out this Apologetics 315 link as to how to make a contribution to apologetics.
2. Pray over your goals and surround yourself with people who can help you: The good news is that apologists are coming together to accomplish great things for the advancement of the reign of God. I see a lot of synergy between Christian apologists. There are plenty of high quality apologetics blogs/websites that can be utilized. Many of us post and share material on our sites. Rather than just trying to make name for ourselves, God gets glory from his children when they work together!
3. Learning: What areas of study do you want to focus on this year? Remember, you can’t learn everything at once. Maybe you want to spend more time studying philosophy or linguistics? Maybe you want to spend more time focusing on learning about various religions and how to answer their apologetic arguments? There are many areas that are continually being debated .
4. Evangelism: So you have been brushing up on the arguments and building your knowledge. But deep down you know you need to put it into practice. What are your strategies for evangelism? Who is your circle of influence? Maybe God wants you to take the initiative and talk to someone about the Gospel? The point is unless we get out of our comfort zones we will not grow. The busyness of life and personal challenges can make us hardened and complacent to those around us. We need to pray for boldness and ask God to give us a broken heart for people around us.
Also: Over the years, I have read a slew of books on Decision Making and the Will of God. My conclusion is the following. Here are some things that we can be sure are God’s will for your life. God has spoken in the text. Thus, you don’t need to sit around for months and wait for a still small voice telling you what to do. (Note: I am aware nobody does this perfectly and we all fall short in implementing these things). It is God’s will for you to do the following.
- Share your faith and make disciples of others into the person of Jesus (Matt 28:19). So if you are a 20-year-old Christian that still doesn’t know what the Gospel is or how to disciple anyone, you aren’t doing God’s will.
- Abstain from sexual immorality (1 Thess. 4: 3-7).
- Rejoice always, pray continually, giving thanks in all circumstances (1 Thess. 5: 16-18).
- Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—and be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Rom 12: 1-2).
- Pray at all times in the Spirit (Eph. 6:18).
- Promote unity among your brothers and sisters (John 17: 20-23).
- Love radically and unconditionally (1 Cor.13: 4-13).
- Know God and his Son Jesus the Messiah so that you may truly experience the quality of eternal life right now (John 17: 3).
- Try to avoid the deeds of the flesh and experience the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5: 19-25).
- Know the role of the Holy Spirit in your life (John 14-16).
- Know what you believe and why you believe and be able to give a reason for the hope within you to others (1. Peter 3: 15-16).
- Find contentment in God (1 Tim. 6:6-7: Heb. 13: 5).
- Forgive others so you can be set free ( Matthew 18:21-22).
- Work on training your mind to dwell on those things that are honorable, true, praiseworthy, and pure (Phil. 4: 8).
- Try to avoid idolatry (Exod. 20: 23). An idol is anything that consumes you other than God. You find your entire identity in it and grab onto it. If it is threatened, you have a meltdown. Notice how politics can do that!
These are just a few tips for the New Year. May God bless you with the energy you need to accomplish what you lay before Him.