Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Easter Challenge... Tell Your Story

Many Christians who attend church regularly, when asked, would be unable to tell the simple gospel story in a way that explains to an inquirer what they believe.  Most Americans do claim to be Christian while many, if not most, do not have an articulate understanding of what that means.  

What would you say?  If you were on an elevator with a skeptical friend who asked you something like, “Why do you believe in Jesus Christ?” would you be able to share something valuable?  More valuable than, “That’s how I was raised,” or “I feel it in my heart,” or “It’s as good a life philosophy as any other?”

The Bible tells Christians to, “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… with gentleness and respect” (1Peter.3.15).  Maybe you know why you are a Christian, and have good reasons, Biblical answers, evidence-based conclusions, and solid life-style change but just can’t quite put this into words.  Then be challenged this Easter season, to roll the stone away from your lips and take an hour or so this April to write down a paragraph or two, and rehearse it. To be ready. 

If you “revere Christ as Lord” but aren’t quite sure why – you are not alone.  Rest assured that there are ample reasons to believe, and abundant help to be able to put your own doubts to rest, and to be an instrument in helping friends take a well-reasoned leap of faith. Your pastor can help you find good material. This is so important to understand that you cannot wait.  Spend several hours this April, basking in resurrection power, and studying to bring alive in your heart and mind the reasons you are a Christian.  Write them down. Share with a Christian friend and ask if it makes sense.  Walk in the confidence of “being prepared to give an answer.” 

This is an Easter challenge!  Re-discover and tell the good news!  Christ died for our sins, was buried, and on the third day, rose again. It’s the greatest story ever told – and it’s no mere fable. It is the historic and living bedrock of all that we hold dear and all that can restore our broken world.

No comments: