Do you have questions and anxiety rise up when you think about sharing the Gospel? Will I know all the answers to their questions? What if they ask me something I can't explain? What if I stumble upon my words?
Think about it from an unbeliever's perspective. What questions might stand in the way from receiving the Gospel? Can you show positive proof Jesus was who he said he was? How do you know who really wrote the Bible? How do you know everything in the Bible is true? Do heaven and hell really exist?
There are many questions building obstacles between sharing and hearing the Gospel. But, 1 Peter 3:15 reminds us to always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks us to give a reason for the hope we have. That means we need to be armed and ready to share our faith with those around us – our family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and others we encounter day to day. As Christians, we cannot let our questions stand in the way of telling others about Jesus. Instead, we need to arm ourselves with Scripture to testify to the absolute truth we know and have experienced personally.
In his book The questions Christians hope no one will ask, Mark Mittelberg states,
"The Bible is clear, and the crisis in our culture is great: people – of all ages, but especially younger folks – need help sorting out what to believe, and we who are followers of Christ are called to respond to their questions and to point them to the truth of Jesus."
Our culture needs to hear about Jesus and see the difference he makes in the lives of his followers. In response to this great need, Texas Baptists have gathered leading Christian apologetic experts from across the country for regional [un]Apologetic conferences to address questions just like these. Speakers including Lee Strobel, Mark Mittelberg, Sammy Lopez, Mike Licona, Mary Jo Sharp and others provide great biblical insight into how we can effectively share the Gospel with unbelievers.
Although we may still have questions as the conferences come to an end, we need to be bold in stepping out in faith and telling others about the hope we have. Jesus was clear in his command in Matthew 28 to go and make disciples. We must heed his call. The [un]Apologetic conference is just one tool to help spur Christians around the state to walk in faithful obedience.