In today’s sermon, Peter tells you in 1 Peter 3:15, to always be “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” In short, Peter is calling you to be ready to share your faith, particularly with unbelievers. What are some ways you and I can practically do that? Are you intentional about making opportunities to be with and share with unbelievers?
In their book Everyday Church (the book I’d mentioned last week that uses 1 Peter as a model for the church reaching the unchurched), Tim Chester and Steve Timmis, pastors in England, quote another pastor in Texas on 8 ways to be intentional in cultivating relationships with unbelievers:
(1) Eat with non-Christians: Go to lunch with a co-worker, have them to your house, strike up conversations with them at restaurants, invite them to a cookout or picnic—flee the Christian subculture.
(2) Walk, don’t drive: get to know the people around you.
(3) Be a regular: not hard to do in a small town where there’s not 20 options for haircuts, food, etc.
(4) Hobby w/non-Christians: fish, hunt, sew, or join a club.
(5) Talk to co-workers: use breaks intentionally to get to know people, let them know you’re praying for them, get to know them outside of work.
(6) Volunteer w/non-profits: food pantry, Salvation Army, Northern Tier, etc.
(7) Participate in town events: instead of watching TV go to what’s happening in town: PA in the Wilds, carnival, Canoe/Kayak Classic, Open Mike, etc.
(8) Serve your neighbors: weeding, mowing, checking mail for elderly, offer to pick up groceries when you’re going, help them unload their car, etc.