Most of us Jesus-followers get STUCK when it comes to SHARING our faith with others! These messages are being delivered to the saints at Crossroads Fellowship Church in Augusta, GA (website: crossroadschurchinaugusta.com). My tenure there as preaching pastor will end on Sept. 24 (sniff).
In the issue of SHARING our faith with others, we need to focus on having conversations (not necessarily conversions) with others and show that we are open to listening to their stories. The text we have been looking at is I Peter 3 which says:
13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats[b]; do not be frightened.”[c] 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
It’s a whole lot easier to SHARE our faith when we are asked about it! And the questions that ought to come up (according to this text) would something like: “How can you suffer so patiently?” “Why aren’t you afraid of being harmed by others?” “Where in the world do you get your hope?” “I’ve heard rumors that you are misbehaving. Are they true?”
Our lives ought to provoke questions! If we are not provoking questions and stimulating curiosity, it might be argued that we are not sufficiently living Christian lives!