Scripture: 1 Peter 3:15 NASB “How To Apologize”
” . . . but set apart Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence . . .” 1 Peter 3:15
I took several courses in seminary on apologetics. What is apologetics, you may ask? They were courses on how to apologize! That comes in very handy in the ministry.
Sorry. Sorry. Sorry. OK. Just kidding. Apologetics is the field that studies how to defend what we believe. We studied things like how to prove that God exists, whether the Bible has errors, and proofs that Christ rose from the dead. Things like that.
Peter says that all Christians should be able to defend what they believe. Oh, wait. Does he really say that all Christians should be able to explain what they believe? I must be mistaken there.
Nope. That’s what it says.
Now you might not have to go to school and get a doctorate in apologetics but it would be helpful if you could, at least, explain how you got saved or how someone can be saved. All Christians should learn at least that much.
One of the most exciting things you can do in life is lead someone else to the Lord. It doesn’t really require a lot of information but it does require a little.
Today would be a good time to write out your testimony or prepare what you would say to someone who asks, “Are you a Christian? What does that mean?”
I did that years ago. I asked someone what it meant to be a Christian and now decades later I am writing this because he knew how to answer a few basic questions.
Can you do that?
If can, you will find an excitement you never had in your life and you will also find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!
What would you say if someone asked you why you were a Christian? Would you be able to tell them? Would you be able to answer simple questions about Christ rising from the dead?
If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?
Do you know basics of the faith so that you can “apologize” properly?
Now would be the time to assemble some information you can share like the basics of being saved (see my home page and look for “How To Be Sure You’re Going To Heaven (no fine print, no caveats)”). Write out your answer and learn it so you can use it. Learn the “Roman Road” as outlined on my home page.
Be ready (cf. 1 Pet. 3:15).
The purpose of Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: Diet And An Exercise