March 13, 2019
Addressing Our Own Unbelief
But in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. - 1 Peter 3:15-16
We should understand that in this “charter of the apologetic ministry” in the Christian church, we have a statement that deals with real-life contexts for real-life people and challenges them to be helpful to others who are in doubt and to deal with that doubt honestly, because there is an answer.
But here is where we find ourselves with another problem. Many times we cannot deal with doubt honestly, because we are afraid there isn’t an answer. This is because we are weak in our own faith. And I need to restate here that the greatest problem for the gospel of Christ today is not the doubt that is outside the church, but the doubt that is inside the church.
We need to understand that the ministry of apologetics is a ministry directed to all people, wherever they may be located, whether they call themselves Christians or not, because these ideas that sit in our heads have us at their mercy.
(Q) As you reflect on your own life, is there something noticeably different about your life due to your confidence in Jesus?
(Q) If not, what are some areas that need to change for others to begin to ask, as this passage indicates, “Why are you hopeful? What’s going on in you?"
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