A Short-Course with Dennis Helder
Have you ever been in a conversation or overheard someone make a statement regarding Christian faith that seemed incorrect or was obviously wrong, yet you felt powerless to respond effectively? For example, “When you prove to me that God exists, then I’ll believe it!” Or, conversely, have you ever had an opportunity to discuss your faith with someone, yet felt that you could not effectively make a case for what you believe? For example, rather than saying “It’s in the Bible and I believe it,” could you produce a reasoned defense for why you can trust what is in the New Testament to be true? These are often very difficult situations to deal with, and many Christians feel they are at a complete loss to respond effectively. Yet the Bible says we must always be ready to give an answer for what we believe (1 Peter 3:15)! If these situations relate to you, then have we got an opportunity for you…
The purpose of this study, Are You Ready To Give An Answer?, is to equip you with the tools you need to be able to stand up for what you believe in almost any situation. You don’t need to be a college professor to understand or implement these ideas. In fact, the first method we will learn is called “The Road Runner Tactic” (must be easy, it’s named after a cartoon…) — it’s a simple approach to answering statements like ‘What’s true for you isn’t true for me!’ We will find that if you can answer four fundamental questions—Does truth exist?, Does God exist?, Are miracles possible?, and Is the New Testament true?—you will have the basic equipment to defend your Christian faith.
So, please join us in the church sanctuary beginning January 6 for twelve weekly sessions on Sunday nights at 6:30 p.m. that will give you the tools you need to defend the faith and take a stand for our Lord Jesus Christ. Dennis Helder, distinguished professor of electrical engineering from SDSU, will be leading the study. We’ll have multi-media presentations, discussions, Q&A, and maybe even a little homework! We will learn some basic ideas in philosophy, theology, history, science, and religion (but nothing on electrical engineering). We’ll have fun learning them. And, beginning with the first session, you’ll be able to put them into practice every day!
See you there, Dennis
NOTE: This study does not meet on January 26 or February 2.