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How To Reason With Others
2/14/2011

How To Reason With Others

So Paul still remained a good while. Then he took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. He had his hair cut off at Cenchrea, for he had taken a vow. And he came to Ephesus, and left them there; but he himself entered the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. Acts 18:18-18-19 (NKJV)

Have you ever had someone tell you something only to question where he or she obtained their information?  You may have heard something you disagreed with and you want to find their source.  Or, it could be that you were intrigued by what they were saying and you wanted to know more about it.  In either case you would probably start the process of reasoning with them.  

When we reason with someone about something we believe to be true, we begin to share our rationale for what we said.  We state the grounds for our beliefs and begin to explain everything necessary to convey and educate them.  We see this happening with the Apostle Paul throughout the Book of Acts as he continually shared the Gospel message, and Peter spoke of our being able to give a reason for our hope as well.

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV)

Q:    So how should we go about giving a reason to others for our hope in our Salvation?

I believe a man named Apollos gives us a good example of reasoning as seen in chapter 18 of the Book of Acts.
Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. Acts 18:24-25 (NKJV)

Apollos possessed 4 characteristics that each of us should posses if we desire to be able to reason effectively.  Let's look at them.

1.    He was mighty in the Scriptures (Acts 18:24).
2.    He had been instructed in the way of the Lord (Acts 18:25).
3.    He was fervent in the Spirit (Acts 18:25).
4.    He spoke and taught accurately about the things of the Lord (Acts 18:25).

Now it is important to know that Apollos didn't know everything about Jesus - about His life, crucifixion and resurrection.  But this serves the very point I want to make in that we need to be able to give a reason for what we believe.  And, we need to know that it is valid and continue to gain more knowledge so we can continue to transform and share with others.  

Hey Christian, you might not know everything about the Bible, but this doesn't preclude you from being used and giving a reason for your hope in Jesus.  Let's make it a point to be mighty in the scriptures; to be instructed in the way of the Lord; to be fervent in the Spirit, and to then teach accurately those things we learn about Christ.  

STUDY QUESTION: What does 1 Peter 3:15 tell us about our being able to share Jesus with others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you able to give a reason for your hope in salvation and point others to God's Word to show them?

APPLICATION: Continue to read your Bible daily and ask God to help you to remember when you share with others.  

Father, thank You for Your Word, and the knowledge You have given me through it.  Help me to understand everything You want me to know, and help me to remember what You want me to share.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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