One of the most important pieces of scripture for any Christian in the workplace is found in 1Peter 3:15, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” In fact, 1 Peter 3 is worth a read if you’ve not yet read it. Peter tells us earlier in this chapter that we should be live in harmony with those around us, being “compassionate and humble”, and when people ask us why we are hopeful people, we should be prepared to tell them about our faith in a manner that is gentle and respectful.
And how should we prepare our explanation? Personally, I’m not big into academic explanations – I’d prefer something sincere. I once heard a pastor say that coming to faith in Christ is the realization that we are far more sinful than we’d ever imagined, but far more loved (because of our redemption through Christ) than we’d ever dare dreamed. I liked that.
As far as learning resources, the book of Romans (particularly chapter 5) is a great explanation of the Christian faith, although it should be noted that it was directed towards a first-century Jewish audience so some of the references might not make immediate sense without a study bible. For me, beyond reading the Bible itself, I’ve really enjoyed a couple of “apologetics” resources, including the book Case for Christ by Lee Stroebel. I know that the book A Ready Defense by Josh McDowell is another popular resource. Also, if you’ve not yet checked it out, go to www.gotquestions.org. In particular, I like their question of the week which can be found at: http://www.gotquestions.org/questweek.html. Anyone else have any favorite resources?
Whether we rely on Biblical references or apologetics resources, the key is that our explanation of our faith is genuine and in our own words, because just when you least expect it… someone will ask.
And that’s a good thing.