In his autobiography, Mark Twain writes, “In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.”
That idea challenged me as I began working through the staff application for Leadership Resources, International, a ministry I’ve been talking with the past several months. I’m preparing a brief response to several questions in a section called SHORT ESSAY and I thought these were reflection-worthy for anyone who is following Jesus. Here’s a sampling:
How did you become a Christian?
Please give a brief description of your growth in Christ.
Describe your personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
What is your concept of God the Father?
What do you believe about the sovereignty of God?
Who is Jesus Christ?
Please comment on the authority of the Scriptures.
What is your understanding of the Holy Spirit and His ministry?
Please comment on the place of the Church in our personal lives, families, and ministries.
Peter says we should always be “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you…” [1 Peter 3:15] and these questions might aid us in our preparation.