Monday, March 19, 2007

Hope is essential for life - pt 2

As one of the 3 primary cravings of the soul I want to talk more about HOPE.

I saw the Jehovah's Witnesses coming up the street Saturday morning as we were leaving the house. From a distance we wondered if they were JW's or local seminary students. Would evangelicals have any better success than the JW's? I may be a bit odd but I like talking to Mormons and JWs. I actually learn a lot about my own Faith by questioning them about theirs. I told Gina Saturday that I wish we weren't leaving because I wanted to ask them, not about their theology, but what is it that they have that I should want.

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. -1 Peter 3:15

This is the verse we use to talk about personal evangelism. But, somehow we have lost the idea of people asking us about the hope that we have. We like to give our doctrinal view of salvation to anyone who will listen. But, few people are convinced with an academic argument by a stranger. That does not mean that we should not be about the great commission, it just means that we will be most effective if we're "smoking what were selling." We're selling hope for a new life through a relationship with Jesus.

Everyone is looking for real hope for a better, more fulfilling life. If they see that life in us they will listen to us give the reason for that hope. This ought to make us do a little self-reflection.

No comments: