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But sanctify the Lord God in your heart 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)

Many of us are not comfortable speaking in public, and some of us are, however, what would you do if you were asked to give a presentation without being told about it ahead of time? Well, this did happen to me, when in was in graduate school at MIT I worked in a Chemical Engineering Practice School at Bethlehem’s Steel Co. in a suburb of Buffalo, NY. 

I decided to go to a youth group meeting nearby because I knew the pastor; he had spoken to our Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship group when I was an undergraduate. 

After introductory remarks, the pastor told me I was the program for the evening. For the next hour the pastor and students asked me questions about my spiritual journey and my hope in Jesus Christ. 

I was learning first-hand what Peter commanded in 1 Peter 3:15 to “always be ready to give a defense …for the hope that is in you”. When I returned to my fellow students in our dorm, one of them remarked “Looks like you had a revival”.  Although I had recently been able to find other believers, I rejoiced to have this special time with believers then. 

In a strange city worshiping God,

The pastor asked me of the path I had trod.

Students’ questions flooded my mind.

An hour passed seeking answers to find.

Some time, somewhere, when you least expect it, you may be called to defend your faith. 


What is the context 1 Peter 3:15? 

When have you been asked to spontaneously give a testimony of what you believe? 

What are the elements of the defense of your faith?