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“Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an account of the hope that is in you…” 1Peter 3:15
Can you do that? If your faith provides you with a sense of joy or gratitude or hope…can you defend that hope in a world that may contradict or dismiss or even scoff?
In this account of Paul’s visit in Athens, where he proclaimed the good news, gave an account for the hope that was in him, a couple folks who were given that same hope were also given the rare honor of having their actual names in the bible. And unlikely names they are too. Foreign names like Dionysius and a woman named Damaris.
And here’s the thing. Your name is also written into the Word of God along with all the others.
I will not leave you orphaned, Jesus says in the gospel reading, because I live, you also will live.
This is pure gift, gospel, good news.
And it’s enough for today.
More than enough.
Questions to ponder or discuss:
1) What is it about your Christian faith that you value most?
2) When was the last time you shared that with someone else?
This week I encourage you to look for an opportunity to share the basis for the hope that is in you. Are you inspired and encouraged by being part of a vibrant church? Maybe a good first step is to simply extend an invitation to someone you know to join you for worship.
Remember, you do not need to argue or convince or convert someone. You are simply called to share why your faith brings you hope. Only you can do that. You can do that!
See you in church!