Thursday, September 6, 2012

Many today are focusing their attention and efforts on evangelism models and programs in an attempt to make the gospel culturally "relevant."

We do not find any reference in the Bible that would suggest that churches accomodate the world's behavior or standards and make them part of our worship and ministry.

1 Peter 3:5 states that we are to "santicfy the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear."

The word "answer" is translated from the Greek word "apologian", from which we get the word "apologetics." The meaning behind this word is - a response to an external request, clearly emphasized by Peter's admonition to "be ready" to give the answer when someone asks you. And this answer should be given in "meekness (humblely, gentleness of spirit) and fear."

The answer is also to be given with a "reason." The word "reason" is translated from the Grek word "logon" which means word or speech. Paul was well prepared with "logic," since he was "set for the defence (apologia) of the gospel (Philippians 1:17).

So, we must sanctify our hearts, and then become ready to respond with an answer to all who ask us about our hope (the gospel-our salvation) with a sound "reason" given in a gentle and respective manner.

Our focus should not be on relating to the population but our attention should be toward imparting the message of truth contained in Scripture.

The power to change lives does not rest in the messenger or the method, but through the written Word of God (Romans 10:17).