TEACHING WORLDVIEW APOLOGETICS TO INCREASE EVANGELISTIC CONFIDENCE AT PIPERTON BAPTIST CHURCH, COLLIERVILLE, TENNESSEE
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The purpose of this project is to train church members in worldview apologetics in order to increase evangelistic confidence. Chapter 1 presents the purpose, goals, context, rationale, definitions, limitations, and research methodology of the project. Chapter 2 provides biblical and theological support for teaching worldview apologetics by examining the New Testament mandate for apologetics. Additionally, this chapter explores common hurdles to coming to faith in Christ including: (1) the purpose of life, (2) reconciling faith and doubt, (3) and the problem of evil. Chapter 3 discusses theoretical and practical issues of teaching worldview apologetics. Specifically, this chapter explores postmodernism's shaping effect upon worldview, Christian worldview, worldview apologetics in a postmodern world, and obstacles to teaching worldview apologetics in the local church. Chapter 4 explains the elements of the ministry research project. This chapter systematically describes what the project entailed and how it was conducted including: project surveys, interviews, and sermon and teaching synopses. Chapter 5 provides an evaluation and reflection of the project's purpose, goals, and modifications to strengthen the project for future use. This project can benefit any size church, in any demographic setting, as more than another evangelistic method.