I've been pondering this question, "how well does our church know how to defend their faith?" Today, I want to talk about the importance of defending our Christian faith in a world that is increasingly hostile to our beliefs.

As followers of Christ, we are called to be salt and light in the world, to boldly proclaim the truth of the Gospel and to live out our faith in every aspect of our lives. However, we also live in a world where our faith is under attack, where secular ideologies and worldly values seek to undermine our beliefs and discredit our message.

It is essential, therefore, that we equip ourselves to defend our faith and to stand firm in the face of opposition. This means knowing what we believe and why we believe it, and being able to articulate our beliefs in a clear and convincing manner. Be sure to seek out resources. There are many books, podcasts, and videos available that can help you learn more about defending your faith. Seek out resources from trusted Christian sources.

We must be students of the Word, immersing ourselves in the teachings of Scripture and learning from the wisdom of those who have gone before us. We must also be discerning, testing all things and holding fast to that which is true. Knowing other religions is key to understanding the rebuttals. to Christianity. Know the arguments against Christianity and be able to respond to them. This includes understanding other worldviews, religions, and philosophies.

But defending our faith is not just about knowledge and discernment. It is also about living out our faith in a way that is consistent with the message we proclaim. This means living lives of integrity, compassion, and love, and being willing to suffer for the sake of Christ. Your actions and lifestyle can be a powerful testimony to the truth of Christianity. Let your life be a reflection of the love, grace, and truth of Christ.

We must be willing to engage with those who disagree with us, to listen to their objections and to respond with grace and truth. We must also be willing to speak out against the injustices of our world and to work for the common good, knowing that our ultimate allegiance is to God and his kingdom.  Ask God to give you wisdom, discernment, and opportunities to share your faith. Pray for those who oppose you and for opportunities to share the Gospel with them.

Let us be courageous and faithful defenders of our Christian faith. Let us be equipped with knowledge and discernment, and let us live lives that are consistent with the message we proclaim. And let us always remember that we do not defend our faith in our own strength, but in the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us.

In Love,

Pastor Jody

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Paige Estes Luyendyk - April 13th, 2023 at 9:30am

Very good message, Pastor Jody. We must speak the truth in love and call out the evil that pervades in our society.

- April 13th, 2023 at 5:35pm