Life as Evangelism #7

by | May 25, 2024 | Devotional, Missions | 0 comments

#7: Be Ready

1 Peter 3:15-16

But in your hearts honor Christ the holy Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.

I believe that we are in a season in the life of the big C Church where believers must know the truth of what they believe and learn to articulate it. Open up TikTok, the source of GenZ’s theology, and you will find a million ideas about God and spirituality. In recent months, maybe due to my social media algorithms, I have noticed an increase in the pursuit of transcendence, something bigger and outside of ourselves, a higher power. What do we do with that? I’ll tell you what the world is doing, it is presenting mediums for experiencing and interacting with this transcendent world; crystals, card readings, and the pursuit of good feelings from humanitarian action have become relevant pathways to connection.

There is no shortage of widgets to sell. You and I both know that there is only one truth, but our silence won’t sell it. The word defense that Peter is calling us to in the Greek is apologia, the root for our understanding of Apologetics, defense of faith. For a world that is asking questions, do you have answers? If you cannot provide them or at least be willing to search with them, you can be sure that the enemy will seek to deceive. Here are 3 steps and some resources to help you engage in spiritual conversation.

  1. Be in relationship with non-believers. If you are not, find them.
  2. Be bold to ask questions that might lead to spiritual conversations – “What do you mean by that?” Is a good start – here is an article with some valuable thoughts. 
  3. Be willing to say “I don’t know”, and to seek with them – Here is a good Wesleyan resource to get some insight on tough spiritual topics and questions. 

Like Peter said… it is our call to Honor Christ and be ready.

Got a reflection on this week’s devotional? I would love to hear from you! Email me at clint.wyllie@kingwoodmethodist.org

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