“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and reverence.” 1599 Geneva translation (GNV)
1 Peter 3:15 is familiar to most of us. In the English Standard Version (ESV) the verse reads:
“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,”
Both older and newer English translations make clear that we Christians should be able to explain the hope we have, and to do it in a way that is respectful to the person with whom we’re conversing.
We are given a great privilege to share in the Great Commission. What better purpose could we put our words to than in sharing the truth to someone who needs to hear it?
Ultimately, our work at training students in Rhetoric, in helping them become good men and women who speak well, is so that they can represent our Lord clearly and confidently, to state the truth in a beautiful way. We seek to accomplish this to God’s glory in order to equip Christian students with speech served with grace and seasoned with salt (Colossians 4:6).
One day that might mean speaking to a grieving friend, or a frightened child, or a room full of hostile enemies. The Holy Spirit might direct your son or daughter to a person prepared to receive the gospel, as He sent Philip to the Ethiopian in Acts 8.
I mention this because many parents are doing the hard work of encouraging their child in memorizing and reciting their Speech Meet selection. It can be tough going! But it is worth the effort, and with faith may lead to being used by God in the years ahead.
A Word from the Headmaster
Week 25 ~ 03/03/2018