But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect… —1 Peter 3:15
At 22, I questioned my beliefs for the first time. My Seminary shared my core beliefs, but doctrinal differences could be found throughout. I studied passages of reasoning for beliefs that strayed, at times, far from my own. I was presented with researched opposition, and I was lost.
When you don’t meet any opposition to your beliefs, your faith can settle around feelings; I love God because he makes me feel happy. Experiencing God on a personal level is beautiful. Still, when I was approached with different beliefs, and, later, with others that felt as strongly about their doubt as I did about my faith, I needed more than feelings.
Sometimes, our ministry can come through reason. Those that do not believe or even those that are seeking Christ shouldn’t be persuaded into faith with personal stories alone. Faith needs a strong foundation, and the best arguments for faith come straight from the Word. When confronted with questions, it can be tempting to throw emotional pleas in the mix, but the Word can speak for itself.
John 10:38 says, But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.
The answer is in the works and in God’s ordained word. Let God’s mercies and Christ’s life speak for itself. Let the Word be established as the ultimate guide to salvation and a full life.
Lord, give us a deeper understanding of Your word so that we can face questions with confidence and guide others to You. Help us fortify our own faith as we help others build a strong foundation. Amen.
When questioned about your faith, do you have favorite go-to scriptures?
Are there apologists/theologians that you like to study along with the word?
Kendra is a wife, mother of one, and a reader of any book placed in her hands. Growing up as a preacher’s kid, she never thought she would follow that path. Twenty years and one Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies later, she’s accepted and embraced that God has bigger and better plans. As Kendra transitioned from full-time career to stay-at-home mom, God rekindled a love of writing that has renewed a drive and purpose for which she was desperately searching. In her writings, she hopes to encourage all of those who feel like they have no idea what they are doing.