Peter charges us to be ready in season and out of season to give a defense of the hope that is in us. In this lab, Pastor John prepares us with four ways to give a defense when the time comes.
Principle for Bible Reading
Meditate on Opposites
One way to meditate on a text is to ask what the inverse or opposite is. For example, what might it look like to not give a defense of the gospel?
- What does it mean to “defend the gospel” (Philippians 1:7, 15–18)? Why would it need defending? Have you ever done this?
- What four ways does Pastor John give us for how Paul defended the gospel? Do you agree? Can you add more?
- When was the last time that you pointed to Scripture to defend the truth of the gospel? When was the last time you pointed to your life as a defense of the power of the gospel?