Some Christians question the usefulness or significance of studying the defense of the Christian faith, since as 1 Corinthians 2:13-14 teaches that, "This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned."
Because of this apologetics should not center too much on convincing people to believe based on logical persuasion. However, there is a clear mandate in scripture for apologetics. For examples check out 1 Peter 3:15 and
2 Corinthians 2:5 on your own.
At the end of an Apologetics test, I threw out a free question which was simply, "What is the most significant thing you've learned so far during this course?"
Here are two of the responses:
"It strengthened my own faith tremendously because it answered a lot of my doubts. Also now if any of my friends or someone I meet has any doubts or questions, I can answer them and help strengthen their faith as well."
"I think this lesson definitely strengthened my faith and ability to explain the reasons why I believe certain things. The most significant thing I learned was about the time gaps. I never realized that the Bible was written so closely to when the actual events happened."