Posted On: May 28, 2014 • Author: Pastor David Bousquet • Category: Articles
I Peter 3:15 says “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”. This verse lays the foundation for the method and proper use of apologetics within the life of each believer.
The first element found is that the believer is to sanctify the Lord in the heart. To sanctify is to make holy or to prove the holiness of another. In this case it is saying that the believer is to prove or apply the holiness of God internally by separating himself from sin. Once he has done this he should naturally begin to live out his faith in an obvious way, which will then be noticed by those with whom he comes in contact.
The second element is found in being ready to give an answer for his hope. In other words, he is to live his life so that others can see that he possesses hope at all times. There is no shortage of sorrow or despair, which makes the believer’s hope all the more valuable . This kind of a life should lead to being asked the reason for hope. Hopefulness is so rare, that it will be noticed. Never leave home without it.
The final element is found in the command to give one’s answer with meekness and fear. Too often the apparent emotion or attitude associate with defending one’s faith is arrogance or pride, when it should humility and fear. Fear is a great motivator. It can either paralyze or propel the individual to action. When it comes to presenting Christ it ought to be fuel for evangelism, but it should also bring caution. Fear keeps the believer from overstepping and allows the Holy Spirit to move thus bringing true repentance. In addition, meekness is humility in service to another. This humility is a precious commodity. It seeks to serve the other without reward or gain. It’s only hope is to see the asker be brought to a place of safety in relationship to God. Meekness protects the message from being hijacked by the believer’s pride, because it realizes that without the grace of God salvation would be impossible.
These three elements are truly the key to a vibrant apologetic, which if employed will reap great benefits for the kingdom of God. In addition, it will help to create a new generation of humble servants for Christ.