Defending the Faith

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15)

You pray fervently for the people around you to come to know Jesus. Then one day someone comes up to you and says: “You seem different. What’s your deal?”

Waaaaay too often, my answer to that question begins something like: “Umm, yeah, well, uh, you know, um, ahh . . .”

Don’t let that happen to you. We’re called to be prepared to answer questions like that.

Other times, I find myself sucked into arguments about God where I become a rude and insensitive blowhard. Don’t let that happen to you either.
We’re called to be gentle and respectful.

Here’s a prayer for all of us:

Dear God:
Help me always to be prepared to give an answer
to everyone who asks about my faith.
Help me always to be gentle and respectful.
And help me live my life in a way
that will communicate your love
in all that I do.
Amen

Bonus: It’s reallllly hard to find anyone in mainstream media defending Christianity. But click here for a recent example that might make you laugh (and maybe even think).

Bonus #2: If you’re looking for books to help you explain and defend you faith, here are some thought-provoking resources: Tim Keller’s The Reason for God, Lee Strobel’s Case for Christ, Doug Powell’s Guide to Christian Apologetics, Peter Kreeft’s Handbook of Christian Apologetics and C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity.

BE PREPARED

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