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Commitment to Christ - Witness

on Wed, 11/11/2015 - 16:22

:: 25::  Whenever anyone asks you to speak of your hope, be ready to defend it. (1 Peter 3:15b)

Witnessing to Jesus is a two-fold task and includes inviting others to the life of discipleship and answering the doubts, questions, and difficulties that those inside and outside the church have concerning our Christian faith. As Alister McGrath writes, “Evangelism could be said to be like offering someone bread. Apologetics would then be about persuading people there is bread to be had and it is good to eat.”

When we are asked concerning our hope, First Peter instructs us to “be ready to defend it.” We are to seek answers actively that address the questions our world is asking, and to respond in thoughtful, reasonable ways.

You may feel ill-equipped to witness to others. But the good news is that as you take a step in your commitment to prayer, bible reading, and worship you will be given the resources to help you, foremost among them the presence of the Holy Spirit. Ask God to guide you, so that when you are asked about your hope in Christ, you can provide an answer that gives Jesus glory and honor.

Lord Jesus, my hope rests in you. Equip me to answer questions in a reasonable and intelligent manner. Amen.