Defend the Gospel
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear. 1 Peter 3:15
Recently, I had a very interesting encounter with a Jehovah’s Witness. He came to my house wanting to speak about the Last Days. I started to question him on a few things that he was unable to answer. It’s important to know that I did this in a loving manner. At the end of the discussion, he asked me if it would be okay if I spoke to him the following week. I responded by saying, “That would be fine.” Well, not only did he come back, but he brought somebody with him. However, I was ready for the challenge because God had prepared me with the material I needed to speak with these gentlemen. Also, I prayed to the Lord that He would speak through me and touch the hearts of these men. I shared with them quite a few things in Scripture that frustrated them. Let’s just say they haven’t been back to my house since our conversation. However, I hope and pray that the seed I planted within their hearts grows and that God reveals Himself to them.
As Christians, we must stand up for our faith in Jesus Christ. However, this is not an easy task to accomplish because the world is going to question and mock our beliefs. So, if we’re going to effectively defend the Gospel message then we must follow a few key points. In the opening Scripture, Peter tells us to share our faith with meekness. The word meekness is actually translated as gentleness. The Lord calls us to be gentle when sharing the Gospel message.
2 Timothy 2:24-25- 24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth.
When we’re gentle with people, that’s when they will see the love of Jesus and be drawn to the Gospel. We are also called to show fear while defending the Gospel. The word fear is translated as reverence. When you show respect to people, that’s when they will listen to what you have to say. Remember to always show meekness and fear when you defend the Gospel.