Are You Ready to Defend Your Hope in Christ?

Tom Penrod
2 min readJul 7, 2023
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“but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,” 1 Peter 3:15 ESV

Always be Prepared”

On my first attempt to go door to door and meet people and invite them to attend church, I had the opportunity to work with a group of 4 high school students from out of town. We spent a couple of hours practicing the questions we would ask and how we could respond to questions when we were asked.

One of the first questions we were supposed to ask after introducing ourselves was, “What is your favorite Bible story?” if the answer came back to us as question, we wanted to have a story ready to share of our own.

“Gentleness and Respect”

We knocked on doors with the kind of gentleness and respect that reminded me of bringing cookies to a new neighbor. We wanted to invite them to take a moment out of their Saturday afternoon and think about God’s Word, “What is your favorite Bible story?”

“Share a Reason for the Hope that is in you.”

Often, the question would come back to the leader of the group, “So, what is your favorite Bible story?” And this would be the opening for a discussion about the Christian community where we lived and worshipped God.

Each one of us would take turns being the leader and sharing our favorite Bible story and how it made us want to share Christ’s promise with everyone who would give us the opportunity to share.

In Conclusion

Witnessing about the hope that is in you because of Christ’s promise of forgiveness of sins and eternal life can be frightening unless you are prepared and when you have an attitude of gentleness and respect for the person God has given you to share His Spirit with and when you allow the Holy Spirit to give you those words to describe the reason for hope that is in you then you can’t but go out into the world with Faith, Hope and Love and share the hope of Christ.

I have joined a fun group of Christ’s followers who are participating in Janis Cox’s Six Day Writing Challenge.

You can join us James Jordan, Gordon McFarland, and

Lu Sherd for this great opportunity to witness of Christ and improve your writing skills.

Tom Penrod is a preacher and ranch hand in fly over country USA.

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