Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
During the recent Ambassador Training Sessions, Greg Koukl outlined what it means to be a good ambassador for Christ. In his talk, he hit on 3 primary areas we need to develop in order to effectively fill this role: knowledge, wisdom and character.
I hope to talk a little about each of these areas in this and subsequent posts. First off …
Knowledge: An Accurate Message
Fundamentally, this means we must know what we believe and, importantly, the reasons we hold to these beliefs. In 1 Peter 3:15 we are told we must be “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” And how can we give the reasons if we don’t really know ourselves?
In the North American church today, there seems to be a big hole in the every-man’s knowledge, even of basic Christian doctrines. And when we can articulate what we believe, we often do not know why we hold those things as true.
As you can imagine, both of these are detrimental … how can you convince someone of a truth that you don’t fully understand and cannot properly explain?
Second, Greg explained it was important to know what questions are being asked of us. What is it that our society is questioning? What problems do they have with the Christianity, or at least, with what they understand Christianity to be?
By understanding these things, we can be prepared in advance with answers that accurately reflect Christian beliefs and with the reasons for why we hold those things to be true.
By developing our depth and breadth of knowledge in these 2 ways we allow ourselves to be more effective ambassador’s to our society.