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Answer kindly

Peter's epistle instructs us to "be prepared to give an answer…for the hope that you have," but to make sure we always do this "with gentleness and respect" (1 Peter 3:15 1 Peter 3:15But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
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, NIV).

Don't return anger for anger

You may have to answer people who are angry or provocative, but always remember that a "soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger" (Proverbs 15:1 Proverbs 15:1A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
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Don't use "churchspeak"

Just as Paul became "all things to all men" (1 Corinthians 9:22 1 Corinthians 9:22To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
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), we must be sure that we use language our audience will easily understand and identify with. Examples of churchspeak are "the world tomorrow," "second" or "third resurrection" and "deleavening."

Don't be afraid to admit you don't know

No one but God has perfect knowledge, so if you can't answer a question right away, let the person know you will try to find the answer. Seek out the answer from God's Word and then answer the question. "Cry out for discernment…and…you will…find the knowledge of God" (Proverbs 2:3-5 Proverbs 2:3-5 [3] Yes, if you cry after knowledge, and lift up your voice for understanding; [4] If you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hid treasures; [5] Then shall you understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
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Pray for wisdom

In your daily prayers, specifically ask for wisdom to know how to best answer questions about God's truth. We all lack wisdom at times, so let us "ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach," and we will receive His wisdom (James 1:5 James 1:5If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraides not; and it shall be given him.
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Link to existing material

Many times the best answer can come in the form of an article or sermon from the website's archives. Plus, material on the website has already gone through doctrinal review and approval. After all, "in a multitude of counselors there is safety" (Proverbs 24:6 Proverbs 24:6For by wise counsel you shall make your war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.
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Know your Bible

The best preparation for answering biblical questions is to know your Bible well! Make sure Bible study is a part of your everyday life, because "[God's] word is truth" (John 17:17 John 17:17Sanctify them through your truth: your word is truth.
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