Can you de­fend your faith?

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But sanc­tify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready al­ways to give an an­swer to ev­ery man that as­keth you a rea­son of the hope that is in you with meek­ness and fear: (1 Peter Ch. 3 verse 15).

Be ready to give an an­swer when some­one asks you about your faith. In sem­i­nary, we call this apolo­get­ics. Con­trary to what you might think, this does not mean you are to apol­o­gize for your faith! In­stead, apolo­get­ics comes from the Greek word (apolo­gia) that means, to give a de­fense, as in front of a judge.

Can you de­fend your faith? Some­times it is too late for you to demon­strate your faith; you must also de­fend your faith. Re­mem­ber who your op­po­nent is in this hos­tile and un­godly cul­ture. The devil has 1000 rea­sons why a per­son shouldn’t get saved. If you en­coun­tered some­one who was dy­ing, and they asked you ques­tions about your faith, could you? Could you share what Je­sus has done for you? Could you an­swer ba­sic ques­tions us­ing the right words so that a lost per­son can un­der­stand the gospel mes­sage?

You need to al­ways be ready. The ques­tion could you, must be an­swered be­fore you an­swer the ques­tion, would you? You must also be avail­able and will­ing. You need to study and learn what God’s Word says about sal­va­tion, sin, for­give­ness, and the eter­nity of heaven and hell. Are you ready? Will you?

If not, get ready to­day through prayer and study. There’s no bet­ter time. It’s too late at the grave site.

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