1 Peter 3:15 “…Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope you have.” NIV
Very few Christians are equipped to be a great teacher or famous writer or popular television evangelist, but each of us holds the responsibility to understand the whole Christian doctrine in which we declare our hope in eternal life through Jesus Christ. Therefore, it becomes necessary to diligently study the Bible and seek help in understanding the Scriptures so that we can be in a position to tell others about the joy and peace we have found in our lives through the relationship we have with God.
There are many opportunities to increase our knowledge of the Christian faith. By attending church services we can learn from the sermons given by the pastor and by singing hymns which, by the way, are usually based on some passage in the Bible. Churches often sponsor Bible study groups which may be in addition to the regular Sunday School classes. Others offer mentoring to new Christians.
There are many programs on television which may be a complete worship service with a message, music and prayers but it is necessary to understand that not all of these programs accurately preach the Gospel but turn out to be just fundraisers. “Send us $100 dollars and we can see that you are saved!” It may be wise to ask someone knowledgeable if a certain program is sincere.
By constantly learning and growing spiritually we can fulfill the Great Commission that Jesus demanded of the disciples and of us today to “go and make disciples of all nations…teaching them everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:16-20 NIV)