Training Church Members in Christian Apologetics at First Baptist Church in Watertown, Wisconsin
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The purpose of this project is to train church members in Christian apologetics at First Baptist Church in Watertown, Wisconsin. This will entail evaluating the current apologetic knowledge of FBC members, developing and implementing an apologetics curriculum, and measuring the effectiveness of that curriculum. The first chapter provides the foundational information, including the history, ministry context, rationale, purpose and goals for the project. Chapter 2 advances the biblical and theological basis for the project. A study of several scriptural imperatives and examples (Isa 44-45; Acts 17:16-34; 2 Cor 10:3-5; 1 Pet 3:15; Jude 1:3-4; various gospel texts) provide abundant support for apologetics training. Chapter 3 develops the need for apologetic training by examining the growing darkness of our culture and its dimming effect on the light of the church. Chapter 4 reviews the application of the project and details the development and implementation of the apologetics curriculum. Chapter 5 evaluates the effectiveness of the apologetics curriculum and suggests changes for improving future training sessions. It is hoped that this project will help FBC members to see and embrace the truth of the glory of Jesus Christ.