{1 Peter 3:15-16; NLT}

Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.

“Our approach to apologetics assumes that we are engaging an individual who has a cohesive view of truth and reality. When a person freely and often contradicts himself without regard to continuity and does not see that contradictions as evidence or proof that he is wrong, it leaves Christians frustrated and paralyzed in the work of evangelism…For too long we have hidden behind the rightness of propositional truth and have ignored the question of whether or not it works. Does the faith you advocated get you to God? If people are observing your Christianity and reserving their allegiance to see what team actually wins, is there enough evidence in your life to cause a person to see Jesus as sufficient? What an incredible opportunity we have in a world of uncertianty! We know that God is and that Jesus is his name. There are many things that we don’t know, but what we know is enough.”

Erwin McManus; An Unstoppable Force; p. 58

Questions to consider:

  • What would prompt someone to ask us about the hope that we have?
  • Why is it hard for people to admit that they are wrong?
  • If someone asked you about your hope, how would you answer them?
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