Have you ever thought about what is the basis for your faith? The true foundation?
If someone came up to you and asked what you believed in, would you have an answer for them?
Do you have an answer beyond; I am a Christian?
Being a Christian labels you but doesn't share your belief. We need to be prepared as Christ's ambassadors, his representatives, for moments like these.
Let's think about the basis of our faith. It's easier than you think. We know the Gospels share the stories of Jesus Christ, they show who he was and all that he is so we need to look there. All four gospels were written with different audiences in mind, all have some but many different healings, historical facts, sermons and parables. But there are two things that each gospel tells and devotes a significant amount of time and detail towards.
You guessed it: The crucifixion and resurrection.
These two events are the basis for our faith. I love the 1 Corinthians 5:21 verse. It summarizes down to one little verse the foundation of our faith.
"For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ."
You see God sent us a gift, his son, the perfect lamb who never sinned, to become the ultimate sacrifice to cover our sins. His death took our sins and his resurrection defeated the source of all sin. And all God asks of us is to trust in Christ. A "simple" exchange of his righteousness for our sin. We are completely justified through this exchange.
So when asked what you believe in.... Have this verse, or a verse like this, in you back pocket. I guarantee it will spark a wonderful conversation on the purpose, grace and love of Jesus Christ. For God sent his Son to save us so we can be his ambassadors to change the world.
Living in the hope of the resurrection,