Back in March (2019), right off the back of an adrenaline rush of the intellectually stimulating world of Christian apologetics, I shared the interest with my two close friends about starting a YouTube channel to present matters in the field of apologetics to netizens. Though it seemed out of the blue, it had been brewing in my heart for some time.
Time for a flashback.
My introduction to the field of apologetics took place right when I was a kid, albeit I didn’t know the first thing about apologia. There were questions about “how long did it take God to create the earth” and “whether God wrote our names in the Book of Life after we accepted Christ or even before our birth” (it was a while back that I recalled this and noticed that I had pondered about the highly debated topic of predestination!). My parents were all into honouring and hosting servants of the King and hence I had multiple instances where I sat at the feet of and listened to one of the maestros of Christian apologetics, erudite author, profound theologian, and expert orator Kerala has ever produced – Pastor K O Thomas. Since then debates and lectures on biblical topics would invigorate me into attending them.
But as I said, I didn’t know what apologetics was nor how it helped further the cause of the Good News. Until late 2017.
My long- time mentor, friend, and spiritual father-figure Pastor Jerin Thomas (Canada) pitched the idea of cultivating a habit in reading, particularly in apologetics and theology to make my solo time in hostel productive. That’s when I decided to give apologetics a proper try. I began with getting my hands on McDowell classics like More than a carpenter and Evidence that demands a verdict and Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ.
And there I was. Thrilled by the field of Christian apologetics. Satisfied with how it defended my faith. Wondering why I didn’t start early. Stunned by the plethora of resources out there. Excited to see the Amazon delivery agent soon. Thankful to God for introducing me at the right time.
…And we’re back in.
When I knew God was asking me to start a Christian initiative (of sorts, at least that’s how I saw it back then) I asked him “Why me?”.
Christian apologetics, in my eyes, wasn’t a field that was in a severe dearth of organisations, speakers, history or resources. In fact, since the second century A.D apologists , like Justin Martyr, were prominent. So, God, I asked, what can I, someone who is new to the field, do? His response was a gem that I’ll cherish and impart for the rest of my life;
“I am the gardener. Just be the plant. I’ll grow it. I know how everything will fit into the garden at the end.”
So prayerfully with the support of my friends, I started SAFT Apologetics. We decided podcasts were the way to go ahead and SAFT Podcast was born. Down the line, as they had to part ways with SAFT, God sovereignly brought Ankit (you might know him as Piyush) into the team. Being from a missionary family that has been at the helm of advancing the gospel through India Campus Crusade for Christ in varied positions, the support and guidance Ankit brought were invaluable.
So we carried on. Our trust was, since inception, placed in the One with whom there is no turning of shadows (James 1:17). We knew that the Author and Perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), the One who called us will lead us to fruition, a truth best captured in the words of Hudson Taylor:
“God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply.”
As we begin a new phase of our journey, we invite you to join hands with us as we spearhead this mission for our God and Soli Deo Gloria; and we shout:
‘Onwards to God!’
In service of the King,
To make the case for and defend our faith in the Triune God of the Bible using the tool of apologetics in a manner that can be grasped and incorporated by any lay-man so that they may be equipped.
To break the language and accessibility barrier and make apologetics resources within easy reach for all communities in India and beyond.
Jacob completed his Master's in Economics and has been involved with church and youth ministry (ICPF, India Campus Crusade for Christ). In addition to volunteering at SAFT, he also volunteers as Reasonable Faith Chapter Director in UAE and is an alumni of Arete Academy. His academic interest lies at the intersection of Theology, Philosophy and Economics. He loves music, cricket and is a fan of coffee- black or cream!!
Ankit loves to share the Gospel and indulge in deep conversations about the Bible. He enjoys ministering among the youth as a part of India Campus Crusade for Christ in his college. He has completed various courses such as Rave Lifestyle Journey, Graduate Evangelism Training Programme, a diploma in theology (about discipleship and the book of Galatians) and many others. Right now he is pursuing Engineering with Artificial Intelligence. He loves cooking and is a passionate singer and guitar player.
The Advisory Board of SAFT comprises of God ordained individuals who serve as pastors of prominent churches, leaders and senior staff of global evangelistic ministries and evangelists who are trailblazers for God's Kingdom who have volunteered to mentor, supervise and hold accountable the leadership, management and operations of SAFT Apologetics. The involvement of the Members of the Advisory Board in no way reflects endorsement or involvement of their ministries or churches unless stated otherwise by the concerned Advisory Board Member and SAFT Apologetics. (The following list of Advisory Board Members is not exhaustive)
Neil ReubenChairman, SAFT Advisory Board; Manager SAIACS Regional Centre, Mysore
Brian AutenFounder-Emeritus, Apologetics315
Jerin ThomasGlobal Mission Catalyst, WCD of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Canada
Pradeep CherianProject Manager, SAP Labs India
Rinu MathewSenior People Partner, Blink Health
Author: Another Gospel?
President and CEO, Reasons To Believe
Global Mission Catalyst, WCD Of The Christian And Missionary Alliance, Canada
Global Chapters Director, Reasonable Faith
Senior Pastor, Equippers Kolkata
Executive Board Member & Regional Strategy Leader, Southeast South Asia, Jesus Film Project
Associate Pastor, AG Kolkata
Associate Staff Worker, ICPF UAE
We believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Trinity, the Eternal Word manifested in the flesh, His only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; the third day He rose from the dead;
He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit who is the Third Person of the Godhead, the holy catholic church1, the communion of the saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting2.
We believe the sixty–six books of the Old and New Testament Scripture alone to be verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original text, and that they alone are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of every human being and thus offers salvation as a free gift based on grace alone. We believe justification is a judicial act of God's grace wherein He acquits a person of all sin and accepts that person as righteous in His sight because of the imputed righteousness of Christ. Justification is strictly a work of God's grace, apprehended through faith alone, and solely on the account of Christ.
We believe Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. And since Christ has commissioned His people, the church, to go into all the world to disciple, to baptize, and to teach everyone everywhere to obey His Word, we desire, by His grace, to play our part in reaching the world with the Gospel of Christ.
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ will return to this earth, personally, bodily, and visibly to establish his glorious reign in a kingdom that will never end. As the sovereign Lord, He will resurrect and judge all humanity. Those who have received His offer of life through the Gospel will go to eternal blessings in heaven; those who have rejected it, to eternal conscious torment in hell.
We look forward to the blessed hope, Christ's Second Coming in glory. Amen.
1 Here ‘catholic church’ (Greek- Katholikos) refers to the ‘universal church’ which represents the body of Christ, where all saints are part by salvation through faith alone and whose head is Christ our Lord. 2 This excerpt (until ‘life everlasting’) is based on the Apostle’s Creed, a statement of orthodox Christian faith, traceable to 140 AD.