by Ryan Turner
|"But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence" (1 Peter 3:15).|
This is probably one of the most stereotypical texts that apologists use in their defense of the Christian faith. However, often times we turn this verse into an exhortation to dive into apologetics by learning Greek parsing, fourteen letter heresy names, and engaging in deep-seated theological debates.
While growing in the deepness and richness of our faith is certainly admirable, generally, this verse can be applied in the simple way of being ready to share your faith. Most of the time in conversations, one does not need to have a Master or Doctoral degree. Instead, just being willing to lovingly communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ.
For example, last week on a Friday a group of friends of mine and myself went to downtown Boise to do some street witnessing. It seemed to be one of those days when no one was interested in talking about Christ. However, I approached an area in downtown Boise where there was a large number of people gathered around to listen to live music. I approached a security guard who was listening to the music and watching the people.
I asked him if I could give him a tract that had a Christian message in it. He said, "Sure." I then asked him, "If you died right now, where do you think you would go." He replied something to the extent of, "I hope I go to heaven." I then proceeded to share with him the law and the gospel. He then replied, "I kind of believe that stuff, but I do not believe in organized religion and a hell."
I then responded that the Bible clearly teaches that there is a hell and the one must believe in Christ by faith to be saved. He listened to what I said, but I could tell he did not really agree. He then had to end our conversation since another security guard came forward to ask him a question. I do not know what will happen to this man and I wish that I could have said more. At least he has a solid gospel tract and heard a brief presentation of the problem of sin and the solution of Christ.
The most effective people in history are the people who are most willing to be used by God. Are you willing to be used by God? Have you surrendered your life to His will and to His purposes no matter what they may be? Matt and my prayers are that God will mightily equip you (the Church) to reach out. Who do you know that does not know Christ and needs an answer for the hope that is in you? Are you going to share the gospel with that person?
May God empower you to boldly serve Him!
The past few weeks at CARM have certainly been interesting and exciting. I had the pleasure of hosting the radio show a few more times dealing with the topics of "The Resurrection of Jesus," "The Canonicity of the Bible," and "Issues that Impact our Youth Today." I hope to provide more detail and explanation of the issue of how we got our Bible. CARM needs more articles on the issues of the transmission, accuracy, and process of why we have 66 books in the Bible and not more.
Aside from the radio show, I have still been working on a number of research projects. CARM still plans on releasing an Eastern Religions section in the next several months. I have already researched much of Hinduism and am in the process of researching Buddhism.
Finally, Matt and I have been working on a number of videos for the CARM website. We have already done some preliminary shooting for a CARM intro to the website and short teachings on the Trinity and Deity of Christ. Video editing is not my trade, but I am slowly teaching my self Final Cup Express 4 for the MAC. The Internet appears to be progressing towards a video based interest over a merely text based interest.
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|What the Heck?|
This feature is not so we can make fun of anyone. This is serious stuff. It is to show what kind of thinking is out there. We regularly get stuff like this. Pray for this ministry.
You guys should take all of your comments on Mormonism, put them in a big bucket, poop on them, eat them, poop on them again, and then dump them into the nearest port o potty. Do some research for a change and get a life you wierd evangelical money hungry blood suckers. How much money do you make by telling people your opinion and stating it as fact? By the way, satan called and he wants his personality back. Moron.
|CARM Needs Staff||How would you like to work in the ministry where the rewards are small, the challenges are huge, you get ridiculed, there's spiritual attack, sometimes you don't know if you are going to make it financially, you have to support yourself, and you have to research and write about false systems and compare them with Scripture? |
If that sounds appealing, then maybe you might be interested in working with CARM.
You can be male or female. You have to agree to the CARM statement of faith, and I prefer (though it is not necessary) people who are educated and/or experienced in their field of expertise. But I must reiterate. This is not an easy ministry. It is time-consuming, often unrewarding, frustrating, etc. But, there are rewards. You get to know that what you produce will affect thousands of people for years to come. This ministry is a challenge, and it is not for the faint-hearted. Interested? If so, contact us at [email protected]
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