Dear Church Family,
After an extended hiatus, the Men’s Discipleship Group begins again next Wednesday, February 10th, from 6:30-7:30 am. All men, ages twelve and up are invited. Breakfast will be provided. Following our usual pattern, we will be reading a chapter of a book each week and discussing it in the group on Wednesday mornings. The book that we will be studying is Every Thought Captive: A Study Manual for the Defense of Christian Truth by Richard Pratt. This book is available on Amazon or other places for about $10. I don’t think it is available in digital format, so for those who are interested, I suggest ordering the book as soon as possible. Alternatively, you may contact me and I can order it for you.
This book examines the Biblical method of apologetics, or defense of the Christian faith. Over the course of fourteen chapters, the author explains and teaches a particular method of defending the faith known as ‘presuppositional apologetics.’ Simply put, presuppositional apologetics is the defense of the Christian faith based upon certain presuppositions (things that one must presuppose or presume to be true, in order to make a defense). That is to say, whenever a Christian makes a defense of the Christian faith, he presupposes that there is a God and that this God has revealed Himself to us in the Scriptures.
There’s much more to it than that, of course, but that’s why we’ll be reading the book! This book will certainly make you think, and think deeply, about how to present and defend the Christian faith to others. It is a very practical book that will help you to see the importance of understanding your own and others’ presuppositions. And, it will help grow your confidence and dependence upon God’s word and the work of the Holy Spirit in evangelism. We’ll be studying this book in our men’s group, but I recommend it for men and women, alike.
Here is a brief description of the book from the back cover:
In down-to-earth language Richard L. Pratt, Jr., has given us this helpful study manual on apologetics, the task of defending the faith. Far from a theoretical exposition, this training manual teaches how to answer nonbelievers and to ‘take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.’
Pratt show how the biblical doctrines about humanity and our relationship to our Creator determine how we should do apologetics. Within this theological framework he examines the premises, attitudes, and specific steps involved in a genuinely biblical defense of Christianity. Illustrations and review questions help to make this valuable tool for individual or group study.
Men, I look forward to seeing you next Wednesday to begin this book study. Other than ordering the book, there is no need to prepare or read anything for our first meeting. If you have any questions, please let me know.
The Lord be with you!
- Pastor Peter M. Dietsch