Hi Tyler. Great question thanks for writing into our Column. As people of faith, we are often called on to explain, discuss and in some cases, defend our belief. The Bible even makes a point to encourage along these lines in 1 Peter 3:15, “Always be ready to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.”
Here are three things to keep in mind when expressing or explaining your faith:
1) Understand why. There are two main reasons to share your faith. The first is because we are encouraged to by our ancestors. The second is to help invite others to embark on their own adventure of faith. When you know what you believe and why, and then share that knowledge in a simple yet personal way, others are attracted to that message.
2) Stay away from Churchy jargon and “inside language.” Fellow Christians may understand what words like Gospel, feeling led and sin, just to name a few, mean but most others won’t. Simply tell your story of why you first believed and what Jesus means to you.
3) Remember the two greatest truths of the Christian faith Jesus said the two most important things are loving God with all our hearts and loving our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22: 36-40). When we display God’s love in the way we talk about our faith, our words will powerfully impact, inspire and encourage others.
In the meantime join us each weekend at Epworth United Methodist Church as together we offer Help for today, Hope for tomorrow and a Place to call home.
Dr. Stephen Lowell Swisher