Bible Studies for Life Lesson for Sept- 5- Making Your Case
August 24 2010 by Phyllis Elvington, speaker, author, member of Tabor City Baptist Church

Focal Passages: Acts 21:40-22:10; 1 Peter 3:15-17

On a scale of 1-10, I would rate the importance of this lesson as a 10! The foundation of this lesson and the next 12 lessons in the unit form the basis of not only what we believe as Christians — but also why we believe what we believe. This concept is known as apologetics — defending the Christian faith.

This lesson is critical for every believer. As Christians, we need to know who we are; we need to know what we believe; and we need to be able to share our beliefs with those in our circle of influence.

For example, do you know what to say to a team of Jehovah’s Witnesses when they come knocking at your door? Are you comfortable responding to someone who tells you they do not believe in God?

How do you answer when someone asks if Jesus is the only way to get to Heaven? Can you explain to someone why your life is different from theirs simply because you say you are saved and they are lost?

Paul gives us three keys to making our case to an unbelieving world:
  • Be prepared.
  • Know your audience.
  • Share what Christ has done in your life.
First of all, you cannot share what you do not have. “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord” (v. 15a, NIV).

Be sure of your own salvation. “Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day” (2 Tim. 1:12, NIV).

Paul instructs believers, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (v. 15b, NIV).

Two essential preparations are Bible study and prayer. “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15, KJV). “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Col. 4:2, NIV).

Second, know your audience. Paul spoke in Greek when he was talking to the Roman authorities (v. 37-40) and then in Aramaic when he was talking to the Jews (v. 1-10). Try to connect with people on their level. Listen to what they are saying. Find a common bond and use that as a bridge to share the gospel with them.

Finally, share what Christ has done in your life. Paul simply told his story (v. 3-10). You simply tell yours.

A changed life is a powerful testimony! You do your part — God will do the rest.
8/24/2010 4:43:00 AM by Phyllis Elvington, speaker, author, member of Tabor City Baptist Church | with 0 comments

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