Being Prepared When People Ask
Posted: Tuesday, November 25
1 Peter 3:8-4:6
Verse of the day:
If someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. (1 Peter 3:15)
Peter’s words imply that if we live for Jesus, people will notice; when they notice, they will ask us questions; and when they ask, we must be ready. The time to prepare is now, before the test comes. The three ways we can be ready to give the reason for our hope include: 1) the reasons to believe, 2) your personal testimony, and 3) a clear Gospel presentation.
The “Reasons to Believe” are many. Romans 1 :20 says, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” The Apostle Paul is saying that the evidence for God is all around us. And when we point others to the evidence, many will sense these truths already resonating within their hearts. I’ve discovered that most non-believers don’t hate God or Christians. Many times, people have serious questions that hinder them from trusting God. People need answers.
Your “Personal Testimony” is the story of how God changed your life. Pastor Brooks often says “A man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument.” Your testimony is your experience with God. It is succinct, no more than ninety seconds long, and it’s made up of three parts: 1) what your life was like before you became a Christian, 2) the when, where, and how you chose to follow Jesus, and 3) how God has and is changing you. Writing it down and saying it out loud is a good way to prepare to share it.
Lastly, a clear Gospel presentation is crucial. Take some time to learn how to effectively share the Good News. Visit www.billygraham.org where you can check out some simple ways to share what Jesus has done. “Just Walk Across the Room,” by Bill Hybels, is another great resource with several compelling Gospel illustrations.
I was sharing my faith with a new friend, Christy, about two weeks ago. She had both great questions and serious doubts. After talking for about ten minutes she responded, “That’s so simple.” Smiling, I replied, “Yes, it is.”
Some questions for you:
1. What has held me back from proclaiming my faith in Christ? (weak faith, fear, unpreparedness, etc.)
2. What motivates me to dig deeper into a better understanding of the reasoning behind my faith?
3. What are the areas that I want and need to prepare further?