The Apostle Peter Called Us to Be “Responsive” Christians

by J Warner Wallace

If you’re like me, you feel a sense of duty and responsibility as an ambassador of Jesus to share the Good News with others; the Great Commission calling to make disciples. At the same time, you may not feel like an accomplished or gifted evangelist. Don’t feel bad, it’s a common sentiment. Peter’s admonition has comforted and guided me over the years in my efforts to share the Gospel with others:

1 Peter 3:15
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, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

Peter is talking to all of us who call ourselves Christians. We have an explicit and specific responsibility. While not every Christian may be a gifted or called evangelist, all of us have a responsibility to become competent Christian Case Makers. But, Peter does more than call us to duty; he also provides us with a strategy. Peter asks us to be “responsive” Christians. He calls us to always be ready to respond to those who have questions about what we believe.

When I talk with other Christians about this notion of becoming a “Responsive Christian”, they sometimes worry that I am suggesting a fragile and meek form of Christianity that is timid and tentative; a form of the faith that is patiently waiting to respond, but afraid to make the first move. This is not what Peter is advocating…

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