Handling Questions

“Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see’ ” (John 1:46).

Very few people come to Christ without asking any questions. Asking questions is a normal part of the process of trusting in Jesus Christ for salvation. For example, Nathaniel was taken back that a significant figure could arise out of Nazareth. He asked whether anyone that important could come from that city. Philip encouraged him to find out for himself. It all resulted in Nathaniel’s salvation.

How should we answers questions that people ask us about the faith?

1. Honestly.
If we don’t know the answer to the question, we should not pretend we do. But we should respond as best as we can and remember that we, too, had questions when we considered the Christian faith. People will appreciate your willingness to politely respond to questions about, or even objections to, the Christian faith.

2. By keeping the gospel front and center.
When dealing with others, try to keep the conversation on track without letting it drift too far away from the gospel. In the end, God uses the gospel to save those that believe. Clever arguments and detailed philosophical explanations may impress, but they won’t save. God saves through the gospel, as Paul reminds us:

“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:1-2).

The phrase, “by which you are being saved”, reminds us to keep close to the gospel essentials.

3. With patience.
Biblical patience means more than politely enduring opposition or inconveniences. It implies a willingness to endure long and endure much in order to produce good. People will not always respond the first time out; in fact, they rarely do. Listen to Paul’s words:

“And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:24-26).

The more our nation drifts away from a biblical foundation, the more questions people will ask prior to coming to Christ. The faithful ambassador of Christ will be ready to respond (1 Peter 3:15).

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