BUT IN YOUR HEARTS, REVERE CHRIST AS LORD. ALWAYS BE PREPARED TO GIVE AN ANSWER TO EVERYONE WHO ASKS YOU TO GIVE A REASON FOR THE HOPE THAT YOU HAVE. I PETER 3:15
Too many Christians fail this Scriptural command. We aren’t ready with an answer to the most serious challenges to our faith. To make matters worse, our inability to respond to the skepticism often reflects a painful lack of initiative on our part to trust in the Lord with all our hearts, leaning not on our own understanding. This is not without consequences.
The intensifying growth of unbelief in America, led by a radicalized brand of “evangelistic” atheists – those determined to proselytize their atheism in an effort to claim converts – seizes upon the intellectual void left by disengaged Christians. Utilizing half-truths and deceptive misrepresentations, they present themselves as leaders of a new enlightenment…one that leaves behind the antiquated and outdated fairy tales of the Bible.
If left unanswered, this belligerent new hostility at least weakens the influence of Christianity in our culture, if not undermines it completely.
Jesus told us that the greatest command we have been given is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” The state of contemporary culture within the American church may reveal obedience to this command relative to the heart and soul, but it is impossible to say this generation of Christians is fulfilling the charge to transform our minds.
The BELiEVE project is intended to respond to this dangerous reality. Choosing not to avoid, but rather confront and address the very toughest challenges Christianity faces from a skeptical generation, BELiEVE is aggressive discipleship material that seeks to develop and equip convicted, convinced and confident ambassadors of Christ through a multi-fold approach: