Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. – Jude 1:3 (NLT)
We’re talking about apologetics this week. Apologetics might seem like a big scary word. It doesn’t have to be too overwhelming. If we break it down, it’s simply giving an answer or a defense for what you believe.
In our world, there are increasingly more and more people that don’t follow the Christian faith. As Christians, our response should be to stand up and give answers for our belief in Jesus. Often there are just small things that keep our friends and family from believing in Jesus. We can give them the answers they need and remove the things that might keep them from following Jesus. That’s why we study apologetics.
You might think that apologetics is apologizing for what you believe or learning to argue really well. It’s not. Instead, it’s sharing your hope in Jesus and giving good answers for the questions others might ask you about your faith in Jesus.
For example, some people feel the Bible is not relevant or it’s outdated. Others may feel like God is distant and not loving, so to respond to them, you should know what you believe and why you believe it. Then you can confidently stand up for what it is you believe and for the hope you have in Jesus.
Today’s Truth: Stand up and give a defense for your hope in Jesus.
You might be the only chance some people have to hear the gospel. So you should study and make sure you know what you believe and why you believe it. God has called you to be bold and stand up and defend your faith. Today choose to begin to study and know both the Bible and why it’s important to your day-to-day life.
Pray: God, I ask for your help in sharing my faith. Give me opportunities today to stand up and boldy share my hope in Jesus. Amen.
- Do you feel equipped to share your faith? Why or why not?
- How can you begin today to prepare yourself to give a defense for your hope in Jesus?