Relationship Over Religion
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense (Greek, apologia) to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (I Peter 3:15).
apología (apó, "from" and lógos, "intelligent reasoning") – properly, a well-reasoned reply; a thought-out response to adequately address the issue(s) that is raised.
To argue or debate is not the goal. Why? Because it is possible to win the argument, while at the same time, lose the soul. But rather, as Christian influencers, it needs to be our gracious focus to give well-reasoned replies to those who ask about our faith in Jesus. Therefore, use these narratives to best share the heart behind your Overwear.
1.) Jesus did not die on the cross to establish a world religion and fill big churches. He died to establish genuine relationships with our lives and fill our hearts with His presence. "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring [us] to God" (I Peter 3:18).
2.) Religion can never bring us to God and that's why God brought Himself to us. He desires relationship over religion. You see, Jesus didn't come to establish a hierarchy of religion, but He came to redeem the soul's condition. He chose to come to us that we may choose to be with Him. Now that's relationship.