You are a professed Christian and believe that Jesus died for your sins. You have been baptized, read your Bible, go to church on Sunday and tithe as you feel you should. Yet when it comes to discussing your faith you are shy. You feel it best to suppress conversations about your faith rather than discuss it with friends or family. Christians are being intimidated by several sources to keep their faith to themselves. In a world of tolerance, it is very intolerant of a Christian worldview. Still, we are called to spread the Good News. When we try we find ourselves often on the defense of the conversation. We get peppered with questions and often we are not prepared to give a thoughtful answer for our faith as we are told (1Peter 3:15). It is a very uncomfortable place to be. So how do we do it? We need to prepare
The best place to start is to prepare yourself to be able to answer some basic questions like why you are a Christian, but also the tougher ones. If you haven’t got any yet don't worry they will most certainly come if you begin discussing your beliefs publicly. Our critics have sound bites and pointed questions meant to trip us up. They want to prove that our faith is not founded in truth or fact and is not defensible
They ask questions like;
These are really tough questions. The person asking them may actually want an answer if they are sincere. If they are not, they are just as happy to awaken doubt inside of you and make you embarrassed so that you remain silent. But having thoughtful responses may get a conversation going with someone that is truly interested in seeking the truth.
We should not let people look for answers on the internet. These are personal questions and personal experiences and need to be delivered as such. It may require just a little extra preparation on our side. While you may know and love God with your heart. We are required to know and love God with our mind also.
When Jesus was asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Luke 10:27 NIV
Is it time to make a second decision about your faith? Might that decision be to begin to profess what you believe? If so the first step might just be getting prepared. While not exhaustive I have tried to assemble some resources I have found very helpful in my apologetic journey. I have listed them on my website. I pray they help you.
Author - Guy Yasika
Looking to profess my faith to anyone that will listen.