Sadly, we’re finding less and less Christians are prepared to answer important questions from those outside of the faith. As you might know, studies have revealed that only 11% of Christians have read the entire Bible and that most never will.
Here at RelearnChurch, we want to equip Christians with the tools to defend and explain their faith to those who are sincerely curious.
2nd Timothy 4:1-3, 5 tells us, “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching… But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
In other words, Paul is saying, “Be eager to share the Gospel whether the times are prosperous or impoverished, whether it is convenient or when it is difficult, whether there is an opportunity and when there is none, strive to make one. The Judge is at the door and Satan is playing for keeps.”
Peter continues in support of this instruction with his infamous command found in 1 Peter 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear”
In the Greek, that word “defense” is Apologia and it’s where the church gets their word Apologetics.
However, in Matthew 10:16 Jesus offers us an additional layer of practice for our consideration, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.” That is to say, we are to evaluate and discern if those who ask for a response are an honest or dishonest skeptic. Does the individual have a sincere heart of curiosity or are they seeking to fight and cause strife?
Again Jesus reminds us of another principle in Matthew 7:6, “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”
So when discussing the defense of the Bible, we must remember that much of the world finds it very strange to hear that people would stake their lives on the words of a book. And unfortunately, in the case of someone asking a Christian why they put their faith and trust in this book, the most common response is, “Well, I just have faith that it’s true.”
The fact of the matter is, that response is not going to hold up to the average unbeliever and, in many cases, it even affirms their doubts. It tells them, “These Christians don’t even know why they believe in their own holy book.”
Here at Relearn Church, we want to help you mature in your understanding of the Bible. We want to help Christians find a biblical church, have a love for the Scriptures and generate a passion to share the Gospel. We believe the first step having a firm understanding of the book we claim to be the priority in our lives.
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