Part of living on mission is being prepared to answer difficult questions.
Peter wrote in his first epistle,
“but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,” (1 Peter 3:15).
The word here for “reason” is the Greek word from which we derive “apologetics.” It conveys the idea of “giving a defense” or “giving an answer.” Are you ready to give an answer for the hope you have in Jesus?
Notice we are always to do so with “gentleness and respect.” How we share the truth of the gospel is unbelievably important. We have two great podcasts on “missional sharing” over on the podcast page. Check them out here!
But in “giving a reason” we can come across some really difficult questions. One of the most often asked questions when living on mission and having missional conversations is why would God allow evil and suffering to exist in the world? Phil tackles this question on his blog at blog.philwithgrace.com. Check it there or click on the picture below!