Last week we began to look at some tips in sharing the story concerning the bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead. We looked at two tips that can help. Today I want to look at a few more.
Tip 3 – Be Humble
All too often when armed with 5 facts that “almost everyone who is an expert in the field agrees on” we can get carried away with winning the battle. As one person said.. we might well win the argument but we will lose the debate if we come across as an arrogant so and so.
We might well start out all excited filled with the right motives but can very quickly simply see to win an argument. I know I have fallen into this trap in the past and I think it reflects a failure to recognise the great (sovereign rule ) of God.
Without a doubt the most impressive and debator I have seen is a bloke called John Lennox. He is a man with an incredible intellect but his impressiveness is not because he is so smart it is because he is so humble. The way he communicates is so winsome you just want to listen to what he has to say. If you search for his debates on the internet you will see what I mean.
1 Cor 8:1 is talking about disagreements in the church over Jewish sacrificial laws but it reminds us that knowledge puffs up but love builds up. Be people who discuss the resurrection of Jesus in a humble way.
Proverbs 15:1 can help us in this thinking. It says, “a gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable”
Tip 4 – Try and Stay on the Subject of Jesus’ Resurrection
There has been plenty of discussions that I have been in that every time you make a point the other person changes the topic and moves on. In one breath you are discussing the evidence for the resurrection but then next you are discussing the how terrible Christians can be or how they struggle with predestination and human free will. A helpful discussion will stay on subject and it can be really helpful if you nail a point down before you more onto the next one.
So if the tendency is to jump all over the place it might be worthwhile saying, “why don’t we stay on the subject of the resurrection today and then revisit other topics or areas of objection at another time.”
There is a bloke I often discussed Christians things with who probably does not really ever care what I say and is not really seeking an answer but rather he is simply after an argument. There is an old proverb that says “when you wrestle a pig in mud sooner or later you will realise the pig is enjoying it”. The bible says do not throw your pearls before swine. If this happen to you then it might be best to let them know and end the conversation.