Apologetic discussions rarely lead a person directly to faith in Jesus, though I have experienced exceptions. Regardless, Christian apologetics serve four important functions. Apologetics:
• Can prove very important in pre-evangelism, clearing away lies that get in the way of understanding the gospel.
• Should strengthen the believer’s own grasp of truth and cause him or her to follow Jesus more confidently.
• Foster internal humility as Christians understand current and past failings.
• Promote external peace through growing love for the lost.