How can I talk with people who utterly disagree with me about really important things like… God, politics, religion, sexuality, the Gospel? 1 Peter 3:15 says, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” As Christians living in post Judeo-Christian culture, we must learn how to build bridges with people who utterly disagree with us to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Why? Here’s a 90 second answer…
In Acts 17 the Apostle Paul tears down walls and builds bridges from the polytheistic, artistic, wealthy, philosophers of Athens to the gospel of Jesus in what is famously called the Mars Hill discourse. Studying this passage reveals 6 bridges that Paul builds from the people to the gospel.
1. A relational bridge
2. A religious bridge
3. An intellectual bridge
4. A theological bridge
5. A cultural bridge
6. A bridge to belief
To learn how you can make a defense for the faith and build bridges with everyday people who disagree with you, watch the entire sermon Apologetics 101: Build a Bridge.