by Theodore Wright.
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
– 2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV)
When telling others the gospel of Jesus Christ undoubtely you will face, at one time or another and perhaps very often, those who will dispute your faith and engage in conversation with you. It is not necessary for the conversation to be heated. Speak the truth in love as the Bible says. Arguing is frequently the way unbelievers will search out to find if faith in Jesus Christ is for real. Therefore, be prepared.
If you intend to share your faith in Jesus, it is important for you to know what true faith in Jesus is. Therefore, be firm in your understanding of basis Christian doctrines, such as the Trinity of God, the virgin birth and Incarnate Deity of Jesus Christ, the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, blood atonement through Jesus Christ, salvation by grace solely through faith in God’s Son Jesus.
Being familiar with basic proofs of Christianity and how to explain them becomes important, too. Such as the existence of God, the inerrancy of the Holy Scriptures, and the historicity of Jesus Christ. The proof of the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is most powerful. Please also see our page quoting Non-Biblical historical sources on Jesus.
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 (NKJV)
Your Christian testimony is powerful, because even if your beliefs and evidence is not viewed credible, your perception of how you view the events in your life is generally beyond criticism. It can hardly be doubted that this is the way you personally experienced Jesus Christ. Know your own testimony and be prepared to tell it.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
– 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
Know the Holy Bible. Know the Bible verses that address particular topics. If you do not have a good answer regarding what you are replied with, you can respond saying, “That is good question, I would like to look into this.” Give a fair consideration regarding arguments made with understanding so when you research the Bible for what the Bible says, you can then answer intelligently. Listen to the Holy Spirit for what answers He gives you to say since the Holy Spirit has the role in the believer’s life to do this.
casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
– 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NKJV)
Be sure to speak what God gives you as a response. Do not leave questions unanswered that you or others may have about God, Jesus, and the Bible. There are a number of good questions and the Bible has good answers.
But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
– 2 Timothy 2:23-26 (NKJV)
Some questions are best avoided since those who ask foolish questions will only get foolish answers by those who entertain such. The goal of sharing your faith is not winning arguments but to lead people to salvation which is received only through trusting faith in God’s Son Jesus Christ.
There is also such a thing as “foolish answers”. If you do not know the answer to a question, search out the matter in the Bible and needful resources to find out the facts. Simply searching the internet to find a snappy response will not help you learn proper apologetics but will only train you in “Bible Karate”. This would be like, “If they say this, then I say that” going back-and-forth and so on. This will not properly build your knowledge but will only train you in brainless responses such as the cults use. Learn the truth of the Holy Bible for your own knowledge so you may instruct others well.
Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
– 1 Timothy 4:16 (NKJV)
We should not be checking our brains out at the door once we believe in Jesus. We are able to keep an open mind yet also we are not to be deceived, muchless being deceived so easily. False religions will behave toward those who subscribe to them to what amounts as, “That’s right you found the truth with us now. You don’t need to look any further anywhere else.” Yet, through Jesus we do find the truth because He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Therefore, we need to continually seek Him. As Jesus said, the Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth.