We all have different gifts and roles in evangelism, but what is everyone’s responsibility?
“But 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. But do this with gentleness and respect” 1 Peter 3:15 NIV
1. Be Surrendered
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.”
Being surrendered to whatever Christ leads you to do is the first step toward readiness. If Christ is not Lord of your life, then what is your motivation for sharing your faith?
2. Be Prepared
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”
Being prepared involves being able to tell your personal story of how you have found hope in Christ. This is assuming that people are asking you to share the hope you have. This will only happen if you are living in a way that it’s obvious you have a different kind of hope.
People won’t ask for the reason for your hope if you aren’t hopeful. Changed lives change lives. Tweet This
The best way that I have seen to be ready is the three story method. Hear the person’s story. Share your story of God changing your life. Then share the story of the gospel!
Would you be prepared to share your story and the gospel if someone asked you? Tweet This
3. Be Gentle and Respectful
“But do this with gentleness and respect.”
Gentleness and respect are the foundations of good communication. This is where most street preachers get it wrong. Many of them preach true things, but it is devoid of gentleness or respect.
Gentleness and respect do not negate the hard truths of the gospel, but they do make them easier to swallow. Tweet This
Answer this question in the comment section… Why do you think people are so scared to share their faith?
Share on Facebook or Twitter. Get daily updates by subscribing by email. From my reading in 1 Peter 3 in the One Year Bible New Testament.
You are a trophy of God’s grace.
Those of us who have been saved by Christ are his representatives to the world. Peter tells us…
1. We are living stones that build his church
“And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. 1 Peter 2:5a
The church is God’s beacon of hope to the world. It is not a physical building, but a spiritual one. As we link up with other believers we can show God’s love to more people. God has placed you alongside a church so build his kingdom along with that family!
You are not meant to do evangelism alone. It is a team sport. Tweet This
2. We are holy priests
“What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God.” 1 Peter 2:5
If you are a Christian you are a priest. You don’t have to go through any other person to connect with God, because Jesus is the only necessary mediator. As priest your job is to represent God to the world.
3. We are chosen people
“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
As God’s chosen people our job is to show others the goodness of God. He has called us out of our sinful former lives into lives of purity.
Purity is one of the greatest evangelism tools we have! Tweet This
We have been chose to show God’s goodness to others. This is a high calling!
4. We are not of this world
“Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.” 1 Peter 2:11-12
“This is not your room!”
In the classic movie Turner and Hooch Tom Hanks takes the huge dog to each room in the house and yells “this is not your room” until he finally gets to Hooch’s room. God is telling us “this earth is not your home!”
Because we don’t belong to this world, we are told to keep away from evil desires of this world. These temptations wage war against our souls! If we can win these battles we will stand out.
People will try to find dirt on you but if you are living a God honoring life they won’t be able to! They will see the difference in your life and honor God themselves!
Comment on this question. Why do you think that living differently is so important for evangelism?
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Peter shares 4 truths about trials that will help you endure suffering.
1. Trials can bring future joy.
“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead… 1 Peter 1:6a
Looking forward to future joy you will help get you through the pain. Heb 12:2 tells us that Jesus, “Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame.”
Jesus endured the cross because of the joy that awaited him. In the same way we must endure our trials for the joy that awaits us.
2. Trials are temporary.
“even though you must endure many trials for a little while.” 1 Peter 1:6b
Trials last only a short time for the Christian. They only last a short time compared to how long we will be in Heaven with Jesus!
3. Trials test your faith.
“These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold.” 1 Peter 1:7a
Suffering is the greatest test of our faith. When times get hard, we see if we are really going to cling to the promises of God or not.
“In the same way fire separates pure gold from the rest, trials show who is truly genuine in their faith.” Tweet This
4. Trials can bring future honor.
“So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” 1 Peter 1:17b
Those who suffer well will be given praise, glory and honor when Jesus comes back. What a celebration that will be!
Answer this question with a comment…
Which of these truths is most encouraging in you most in your current suffering?
Share on Facebook or Twitter. Get daily updates by subscribing by email. From my reading in 1 Peter 1 in the One Year Bible New Testament.