Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 5, 2008

Prepare for Battle 

Talbot philosophy professor William lane Craig visited Royal Oak Missionary Church Saturday night November 8. Prepare for the Battle! was Dr. Craig’s talk as he challenged Christians to equip themselves to defend their faith.

For Woodside Bible’s Executive Pastor Eric Haven, Craig’s talk highlighted the necessity for the church to offer age-appropriate apologetics training for every generation. Haven said, “I was impressed again with the value of teaching doctrine in the church and how to defend that doctrine in the marketplace.”

“Craig said we can’t send children into battle with rubber swords. Woodside is intent upon curriculums that train in doctrine,” said Haven. “The children’s ministry uses the Desiring God curriculum. Middle School Pastor Steve Zarrilli and High School Pastor Jerry Hines use age-appropriate training materials which reinforce biblical doctrine and apologetics for pre-teens and teens. Adult small groups use The Truth Project.”

“I picked up one of Craig’s books several years ago and found it pretty difficult,” said Mike Browning from Woodside’s Troy campus who attended both talks Friday and Saturday. But after studying apologetics, Browning and his wife Kelly found Craig’s talks engaging, understandable, and informative.

Browning was impressed with the gracious way Craig handled a questioner who insisted she didn’t need God to be happy. Craig asserted the existence of God is the most reasonable explanation of the evidence, and personal happiness is beside the point.

In three arenas apologetics plays a vital role: shaping culture, strengthening believers, and evangelizing unbelievers. Subsequent blogs in this 5-part series will discuss these roles.

©William T. Pelletier, Ph.D.
Friday December 5, 2008 A.D.

But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. (1 Peter 3:15)

 

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