Friday, November 30, 2012 4:01 AM

Building Christian Bridges

Friday, November 30, 2012 4:01 AM
Friday, November 30, 2012 4:01 AM

Ultimately, we must speak and live the truth of the gospel in the world and into the worldviews of others. Using 1 Peter 3:15, Ken Boa suggests a pattern for building bridges that will be helpful as you form relationships with those from different worldviews:

 1 Pe 3:15 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,

 “Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts.” In other words, be certain Jesus is Lord of your life and affirm your utter dependence upon Him. Remember that when you are talking with someone embracing another worldview, this is a spiritual battle. Your task is to be faithful in proclaiming the truth. It is God’s business to change the person.

  “Always be ready.” Know God’s Word and know how and when to use it. In doing so, you will be prepared to correct misconceptions about biblical Christianity.

 “To make a defense.” Always keep the discussion focused on Jesus and His finished work on the cross. Stay away from minor issues and do your best to prevent the other person from focusing on his or her misconceptions. Stay focused in a friendly, God-honoring manner, and do not be sidetracked by the other person’s unique claims or errors.

  “To everyone who asks you.” Pray that God will give you opportunities to share your faith in this pluralistic culture. Above all, be a good listener and ask for permission to express your view in the discussion. Do not be pushy or arrogant.

 “To give an account for the hope that is in you.” It is your personal relationship with the living God that is the source of your power and strength. Do not be afraid to recount your personal experiences of all that God has done for you. He is your hope and strength.

 “Yet with gentleness and reverence.” Show patience, respect, and love as you talk. Always look for common ground and seek to develop a relationship of trust and confidence that God can use to bring that person to Himself.

 Never forget that Christians have the truth![1]



[1] Eckman, J. P. (2004). The truth about worldviews : A biblical understanding of worldview alternatives (14). Wheaton Ill.: Crossway Books.

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