1 Pet. 3:15 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear”
The Greek word translated as “answer” is apologia. This is obviously a cognate for our word apology. Is Peter then telling us that we should always be ready to apologize for what we believe? Of course not. The KJV (and other translations also) render the word correctly as “answer”. It means, then, that if Christianity is true, it is capable of an intellectual defense. Only rarely will an intellectual defense lead the questioner to saving faith in Christ, but it is important for both the questioner and the one being questioned to know that receiving Christ does not mean abandoning your intellect.
While the mantra “God said it, I believe and that settles it for me” is fine as far as it goes, it does not go far enough. In the first place, people who say this usually can tell you little of what God says and they believe. Secondly, the person who stops with that declaration is either selfish or intellectually lazy. It is selfish to say essentially “I’m convinced, and if you’re not, that’s your problem.” It is lazy to believe without reasons. Maybe they believe the Bible because the preacher says it is true. Then what happens if the church gets a new preacher who casts doubts on the Bible?
For these reasons Berean Baptist Church will not shy away from apologetic ministry.