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Image-Reflecting: Witnessing


Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

1 Peter 3:15

Always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks you about the hope that you have.


Imagine you are out for coffee with a friend and this friend ask you about your faith. Would you be ready to tell them about the hope that you have in Jesus Christ? What does it take to be ready? It takes two things. First, you must be able to tell about the good news of the gospel, be ready with an explanation of what the Bible teaches about God, sin, salvation, and eternal life. Tools like “The Roman Road,” or the Bridge are very helpful, easy to memorize and to have ready.

A second thing is to have a story (or stories) from your own life to share. Telling how God has made a difference in your life is powerful as it shows your friend that God is personally interested in our lives and loves and cares for us. Think of times that you knew God’s help and encouragement. Be ready to share this with someone who asks about the hope you have. When you know God’s story and your story you are ready to answer anyone who asks about the hope that you have in Jesus.


How well did you listen to the story?

Q. Who is Liz’s partner in working on the history report?
A. Morrie.

Q. What does Liz do instead of working on the report with Morrie?
A. He goes to the movies to see X-Monsters from the Planet Zenon.

Q. Who ends up doing all the work for the report?
A. Morrie.

Q. What are Lucille and Chamy working on?
A. A project for the science fair.

Q. What does Chamy ask Lucille about?
A. Her faith.

Q. How does Lucille answer?
A. She changes the subject.


This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.


Why is it important to tell others about our faith?


We want to tell others about our faith in Jesus so that they can believe in Jesus as their Savior and become a member of the family of God. (Read the story of Paul & Silas and notice how they were prepared to answer the jailer’s question, “What must I do to be saved?”)


Can you tell someone about your hope in God? Think about a time in your life when God helped you. Practice telling your story to your parents. Maybe you can make this your dinner table conversation tonight. (For an explanation of the good news go to Good News Page.)
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