"In response to 1 peter 3:15---philippians 1:27 only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of CHRISTthat whether I come and see you or else be absent I may hear of your affairs that you stand fast in one spirit with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel---john 6:63 it is the spirit that quickeneth the flesh profiteth nothing the words that I speak unto you they are spirit and they are life---1 peter 1:22 seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently---1 PETER 1:23 BEING BORN AGAIN NOT OF CORRUPTBLE SEED BUT OF INCORRUPTIBLE BY THE WORD OF GOD WHICH LIVETH AND ABIDETH FOR EVER"
"Hello, good question. I\'m not personally familiar with the visiting a friend context. Scripture says the holy spirit is within Christians and can intercede Romans 8:26-27. This doesn\'t mean that we shouldn\'t be prepared and do as much as we can possibly do to prepare, however. 1 Peter 3:15."
"God bless you brother Richard Perhaps James 5:16 - ...confess your sins to one another... Or 1 Peter 3:15 - ... and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you... Or perhaps John 20:23 -...whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them... It could be Romans 1:16 - ...I am not ashamed of the gospel... Love in Christ"
"Greetings, Sheila, on The Lord's Day! In these times, there seem to be more and more who question the existence of God and even the historicity of Jesus. Most people haven't given much thought to these things and simply parrot slogans they've hears on youtube. 1 Peter 3:15. Be ready to give an answer for WHAT you believe WHY you believe it. This takes effort, study, time. There are no easy answers. Simply saying that "the Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it!" is not enough. In Acts, Paul REASONS with people. Now you and I are not Paul but we can begin to get equipped. This may seem like a daunting task to most people but it is possible. First pray for wisdom and understanding. Study, study, study. 2 Timothy 2:15. Learn to ask questions of the people who make these false assertions. Greg Koukl is a wonderful, godly apologist who wrote a book named Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions. Another great apologist is Frank Turek who wrote I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist. The former is a book about how to maneuver in a conversation about Christian beliefs, while the latter book contains apologetic information you might use to defend and give reasons for your convictions. There are words that I would stay away from, because most people have been socialized to think of them wrongly. For instance "faith" is often misrepresented as "believing stuff the ain't true." In our society, people believe that there is a difference between faith and actual truth. I use "active trust" or "warranted trust." It's often helpful to use illustrations to clarify these warped views. "No God? How do you think this all began?" This might be a question you ask. But they are not open to "In the beginning God created..." You can quote it, but that's not gonna be enough in most cases. Check out the Kalam Cosmological Argument made popular by William Lane Craig. There are volumes left unsaid for lack of space and knowledge."
"Do you think there's something wrong with being prepared and having a plan to defend the faith? Christians are literally called to do that in the Bible in 1 Peter 3:15, and that's what Jesus did. Do you think Jesus a "second hand dealer"? You also accused a Christian defending the Christianity as being loveless. What if you're the only one who thinks that? What if someone thought your response sounded insincere and loveless? Are you humble enough to hear the same words said back to you that you are shouting down to others? I don't know nor am familiar with the person you responded to, but I know finger pointing when I see it. You might reconsider your own words. May God bless you."
"Hi James, As I can't tell exactly your detail of "stand up for the Lord". Of coarse we are to keep our faith and hope till the end and never deny our Lord as in 1 Peter 3:15-17. The state of this world is much worse than many can plainly see. The things done behind the scenes are far worse than many people would believe. The deception going on in this world is huge. If you are implying maybe it's time to stand up and take our world back by force? I believe we are past that and that is what the "powers" of this world want. As their plans of "divide and conquer" are again deeper than any really know. I myself have come to peace with what is going on in this world. The only thing that matters, to me anymore, is being with the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father. Even though the earth, and the things in it, are so beautiful it is all vanity. We are all going to perish, our physical bodies, one day and to me that is my destiny and what I wait on daily. To be with the Lord where He is. Not in this world full of evil that is deeper than many know. I believe staying peaceful no matter what happens is a way of showing the Spirit of Christ in you. Did Jesus Christ or any of His Apostles fight when they were arrested, persecuted, then put to death? As I'm sure you know, no. They stayed innocent and when put to trial just let the Holy Spirit flow in them when asked questions. As Christ probably was the most quiet in His persecutions. 1 Peter 2:21-23. So as I just felt to write you this reply to show that violence is never the way and nothing good ever comes from it. It is better to stay innocent than to get involved with fighting. Of coarse this does not mean "don't speak the truth" or keep quiet when you see something wrong. Just don't let anger get you riled up too much. God knows everything that is going on. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. My reply to you is from the heart. Keep the full armor of God, Ephesians 6:11-17. God Bless you in these tough times James."
"For me when asked of the Hope that lies in me I will say It Is my personal relationship with Jesus The Christ The Son Of The LIVING GOD, HE never leaves me HE never forsakes me and I can tell of my personal Knowledge of Him and the Bible tells me who He is and how to Know Him personally and Have a personal relationship with Him, do you want to Know Him too?"
"So what this is saying is, "make your heart holy and clean. When someone asks you about your salvation and why you love God and why you chose the way of God, be ready to give an answer at all times"."
"My God my chance for survival nothing can stop that .for his lovingkindness endures forever."
"This is the part that church members get in trouble with if they don't study. ready always to give an answer to every man that ask you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness (humble) and fear (knowledge / wisdom)....Book, chapter and verse. Not what we think, but what thus said the Lord. It takes time but when you study with your spiritual heart ( the mind ) not the blood pump heart, the Lord will open up your understanding. Sincerely pray before you study and ask the Lord to allow the Holy Spirit to guide you. Obedience to the Word is the key."
"Yes Jesus. It is very important to read God's word. God said, put it on the tablet of your heart. God 's word protects us also so from the principalities of this world. God's word is our helmet and shield. We don't fight with flesh and blood. We fight with the principalities of this world. Jesus is worthy to be praised"
"I have been bought with the blood of the Lamb (Jesus). Not because of anything I have done but because of God's great love for me. My sins not only washed away but remembered no more by my Heavenly Father. One day He will call me home to Heaven. For now, He gives me strength and victory every day, by the power of His Holy Spirit who dwells in me. This is the reason for the hope I have."
"But if they will NOT OBEY, I WILL UTTERLY pluck up and DESTROY that nation, saith The Lord. " Jeremiah 12 : 17. That nation is THE ( supposed ) United States of America, people!! WHY, you may ask??? Well here are the reasons WHY!!! This country is THEE CAPITAL of pornography, sex OUTSIDE of marriage, homosexuality, prisons, drug and alcohol addicts, idol worship of actors, actresses, pro athletes, musicians, cars, inventions, the mirror. We also idolize people who have college degrees, scientists, doctors, money, family. We ARE being punished by droughts, strange storms, food shortages, BECAUSE HE LOVES us and knows we HAVE to Trust COMPLETELY in HIM!! The Bible says that when you put your trust in man ( woman or child ) it is a CURSRSE!! The Bible is not just some pretty poetry, history compillation of 66 books, but one third of it is prophecy 90% of that prophesy is for RIGHT NOW!! It is a coded book. The WORSE SUFERRING mankind has EVER seen or known is just beginning!! MOST people AND MOST Christians will die, BEFORE the Great Tribualation!! MANY are called, but FEW are chosen!! OBEDIENCE to The Words Of GOD IS THEEEEEE KEY!! Do NOT follow pastors, ministers, priests, self help books, theologians, family, friends, actors, musicians, material gain, doctors, lawyers, scientists!!! FOLLOW, which means believe AND OBEY ALL of The commandments ( NOT SUGGESTIONS ) of GOD."
"If you don't know where the hope comes from that you see in many Christians and would like to hear all about it, just let me know and I will tell you all about Jesus!!!"
"The word of God is so good! Powerful. Comforting. Long suffering. Patience. Mercy. Joy. Wisdom. Knowledge. Love."
"Let's commit this year, to being strong in the Lord and in the power of His might and to only be led by His spirit in all that we do or say and let's commit that in all of our encounters, once again, being led by His spirit, to say a word for Jesus! In your relationship with Him, just ask, now Lord can I say a word for you in 2013 and wait for His spirit to guide you. Be continuosly blessed !"
"Praises to you Jesus...give me a heart of meekness Father.."
"Amen. One of my favourites."
"Augustus MK, I agree with you, but the holy scriptures also tell us that mans heart is wicked and evil. For one example read Ecclesiastes 9:3 This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead. While I agree with what you've written for the most part, we first need to be transformed and have the mind of Christ working within us. Having a love for the Truth."
"Do any of you " christians " ever wonder WHY many of your prayers go unanswered!!?? Here IS why...... " And whatsoever we ask, we receive of HIM, BECAUSE ( it IS CONDITIONAL people!! ) we keep ( OBEY and DO ) HIS commandments ( ALL of them ) and DO those things that are pleasing in HIS sight. " I JOHN : 3 : 22."
"God has done so much for me. I had a heart attack at age 16 and another at 19. And I had my heart checked at age 35 and I have a heathy normal heart I received a new heart threw prayer. I didn't always have the best of life until I put god in my heart and in my everyday life. Thank you Jesus"
"God is always great,l can't live without him"
"Got to stay hopeful, prayed up. Although its scarey out here, but I truly believe I'm safely under the shadow of the Almighty."
"Halelujah amen,he's 1st comandmnt dat he is the only GOD..Jesus said it dat a man doesnt liv only by bread bt also by da bread of lyf wch is da wrd of GOD"
"I say, For the God that I serve is the one true God and HE IS ABLE...He is the Way-maker where there is no way.....and wonder of wonders......He LOVES me."
"Is always ready to give an answer to every man that asketh me a reason of hope that is in Christ!"
"Jesus help me amen"
"That is right be ready to answer truthful .K.J.V. True Word of God. Praise The Lord."
"The LORD will keep you from all harm—He will watch over your life; The LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. -Psalm 121:7-8 ? . . . †`. When your heart grows cold, give it to God and He will renew it with His perfect love and understanding. Don't try doing things on your own, things will get better when you place them in the Hands of God. He knows exactly what you are going through and He knows what you need before you even ask. So go to Him in prayer and wait upon Him. He will answer and He will see you through. Amen. We're all just normal people, trying to do extraordinary things with GOD. Because our GOD, is the GOD of impossible and nothing is impossible with GOD.""
"Too bad most people do not know what that hope is."
"We wouldn't know hope if we didn't read the bible."
"All hope comes from the Lord. I tried making my own BC and thought I was doing good, but miserably failed. I tried taking the reins while saved a few times too...yeah that didn't work out either. Give up the control and put your hope in God. Thank you for the word."
"Aman praised the Lord"
"Amen saints of God! Read Kings ll chapter 5 verse 15 it serves as a testimony that there is no other God allover the earth. He is worthy to be praised!"
"Bless my Heavenly Father for His precious word"
"Emanuel Walker, I agree with you. Like you said, still we must me ready to give an answer. I believe if we walk the walk, this will be a visual example to those around us. We'll be walking/talking bibles. Some folks learn better with examples. Plus, it's good for us to walk in the Lord, nd have the mind of Christ."
"God s good all the time"
"I am probably going to get a lot of negative remarks but I have had a really hard life. The last years health wise awful. I try hard to keep the faith. I just want to know how everyone does it during such hardship. Please no negative response. I do believe in God and love him but lately, I am confused. Just looking for some advise and Christian understanding. Thanks."
"I can't live with out Jesus Christ"
"It's so simple yet complex. Most people in society today just don't get it.... He did also say"my people parish for the lack of knowledge....God bless"
"I've been feeling bad last week and could not sleep and this morning I get on face book and find that someone invited me to like this page and glory to GOD I feel so much better.."
"Lord gimme the boldness to stand out for your gospel."
"M loving hw it ws translated"
"My God is good"
"NOT everyone ( MANY are called, but FEW are chosen ) that saith unto me , Lord, Lord, shall enter into ( be truelly saved and rule with Him as kings and priests ) the Kingdom of Heaven, but he ( or she ) that DOETH ( ACTS ON and OBEYS!!! ) the will of my FATHER which is in Heaven. " Matthew 7 : 21."
"Oh lord, please preserve every christian soul n keep us holy amen."
"Praise the Lord. In meekness I want to hear the Lord say well done, and in fear, its hot enough in Arizona, I refuse to go to the lake to bake. I rather suffer now than later."
"Priase the Lord;"
"Thank you, JESUS'"
"That'a means to read the bible ..."
"That's gods beautiful creations amen."
"The great commission...spead the gosple. Baptist in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit"
"The majority of todays wicked and evil generation dont ask us for the reason of the hope that is in us. Nevertheless, we must always be ready to give an answer with meekness and fear. A-MEN"
"To be ready to defend the hope that is in Jesus Christ and ony in Him (Tit. 1:2; Col. 1:27; Heb. 6:18-20), we must obey the word of God, and know it! If we do not obey the gospel, which gives hope (Col. 1:3-6), then it would be hypocritical. If we do not know the truth, then we cannot defend it! (1 Pet. 4:11; 2 Tim. 2:15; Acts 17:11; Phil. 1:17)."
"We christian is the light and salt of this world, let them who see our action will give glory to our Heavenly Father"
"We need that"
"With an answer let it be yea or nay."
"Yeah and AMEN. God meets with broken hearts not proud ones, in psalms 51, a broken heart and a contrite spirit, GODS WORD changes our hearts. We change only when our hearts change."
"5 years ago when I came to Egypt and entered your clinic to fix my teeth, I asked my self the same question about you... what is th reason of the hope that I saw in you and all the quotes and notes on the wall of your clinic... but now I know :) dr. Samuel Khounganian"
"Always ready to share Faith. Amen."
"AMEN BE READY SO WE CAN HELP EACH OTHER MAKE IT TO HEAVEN"
"Amen God is Great..."
"Amen in Jesus name! :)"
"Amen! This is Beautiful"
"Amen!jst read ths nw."
"Amen, make you home in our hearts Lord!!! :)"
"Amen. But Vinnie, I wish you understood that one is not accounted for righteousness bcoz of their deeds, but by the grace of GOD."
"Be instant in season and out>"
"Be ready always....."
"BE READY IN AND OUT OF SEASON, ETERNITY DEPENDS ON IT.."
"Beautiful Picture :)"
"Blessed be d name of d Lord"
"Did we real grasp the real concept and weight of these words spoken here?"
"Glory to GOD!Amen & Amen."
"Glory to God.Boldly i'l answer them,fear z nt my portion"
"He is the way, the truth, and the life. Not only is there no way to the Father but by him, but you will not produce any good fruit without him while your here either."
"I haven't worked in 2yrs and some people wonder how I get by. I tell them its by the Grace of God. Because that's what we all live by. God's Grace and His mercy. Amen."
"I like that, bible"
"I like the KJV version. AMEN"
"I love the hopeful look of rainbows."
"I love the promise that came with the rainbow"
"I love this!I pray every morning for a chance to be used by our Lord God everyday, occationally FB is a blessng!"
"I pray all hope will flourish."
"I put my trust in him only!!"
"I receive the grace to do that always IJN"
"I will Lord Amen!!!!"
"I will never be able to thank the Lord enough for all He has done in my life. Anybody that knew me before I was saved can a test to the fact that my life has turned a full 180. I look forward to the moment I meet Him face to face."
"I will stand for him. non other."
"King James Version, Amen"
"KJB 1611 All the way! My Sword. Would NOT use anything else!"
"Let his light shine thru all Christians that all can see he is Lord and King"
"Many are willing to try to give answers, and then there are those who do give answers, when it is The Word of GOD that they use to do it."
"My hope is build on nothing less , than Jesus Christ , His righteousness"
"Please don't say your God..there is only ONE GOD IN THIS UNIVERSE"
"Thank God for His mercies. By the GRACE of God we can answer truthfully."
"That's the Word it's in the Book ! GBU"
"The fountain of love, i glorify ur name Lord"
"The hope of Christ's return is, for me, the ultimate one for a sanctified believer's heart."
"These things, which ye have both learned, and receiced,, and heard, and seen in me, DO ( OBEY!! ) : and ( THEN ) the GOD of peace shall be with you!! " Philippians 4 : 9. Again, here we are told plainly and clearly that OBEDIENCE, DOING what GOD ( gently ) commands ( NOT SUGGESTS!! ) makes the diferrence between success and failure in EVERYTHING!!!"
"This is true now more than ever since we are looking for HIS soon return. 'No One Left Behind' should be our motto."
"This was in my Bible study just recently. Maybe God is trying to tell me something?"
"TO GOD BE THE GLORY GREAT THINGS HE HATH DONE , SO LOVED HE THE WORLD ,HE GAVE US HIS SON ,WHO YIELDED HIS LIFE AN ATONMENT FOR SIN,AND OPENED THE LIFE GATE THAT ALL MAY GO IN . HE THAT BELIEVETH ON THE SON ..H.A.T.H EVERLASTING LIFE . GOSPEL OF JOHN 3V 36"
"TO GOD BE THE GLORY...."
"To sanctify the Lord in your heart is to separate Him, to make Him holy, set Him apart as chief, make Him take priority above everything else in your life, to consencrate Him as Lord in your heart. Brethren, that's the challenge the scripture sets forth before us. And that should be in your heart: that is, at the very core of your being; the substance of what you are; when it's in your heart, then everything you do is determined by that decision you made. We don't sanctify him in a day, or in our money, or our possessions, etc, but right in our heart. Because your heart is you. God does not need all that before your heart. Your heart is what he wants first, then he will be pleased with everything that comes after."
"Very well verse!one of my favorite verses!"
"W serv a mytie God...God fearing assist us 2 always stick on d will of God n nt living 2 impress d nextperson but for Godz glory......MeSsIah"
"We must positioned god very firm in our heart so we can reply any question amen"
"We'll not have a Biblical answer unless we're spending time in the Bible. I can always find improvement in my quite time for sure. Praise God for His Word."
"When asked for a reason, I can only testify to the goodness, and grace that God has imparted to me in my life. without which I would still be mired in the dark effects of degeneration. it was the grace of God that up lifted me, and brought me out of the darkness into his marvelous light, and if he did it for me, undoubtedly he'll surely do it for another! and another, and another, and so on, and so on. Amen"
"Yes and the world scene is changing soon and we must stand firm"
"Yes do it in a loveing attitude"
"Yes God is good all the time, I be leave in him."
"Yes indeed, persevere."
"YUP UR RYT.. God Bless Us All"