Revitalizing Evangelism Through Apologetics Training at Forestpark Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky
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The purpose of this project was to effectively educate members of Forestpark Community Church in apologetics-based evangelism to better serve the kingdom through active outreach in Louisville, Kentucky. Chapter 1 details the three goals, which were designed to increase the theological knowledge and evangelistic efforts among the members of Forestpark Community Church. Chapter 1 also presents the biblical and practical rationale for the project, the methodology on how to carry out the project, and the church context. Chapter 2 presents the theological and biblical foundations for implementing this project. This chapter looks mainly at two texts: Acts 17:22-34, Paul’s discussions at the Areopagus; and 1 Peter 3:15-16, Peter’s exhortation on how to defend the Christian faith. Chapter 3 describes a historical viewpoint on apologetics throughout the life of the church. This chapter focuses on Origen’s work against the claims of Celsus, and various efforts by Augustine. The writings of Augustine also provide a segue into the modern era of apologetics in the discussion of the free will defense used by Alvin Plantinga. The balance of chapter 3 works through modes of evolution. Chapter 4 represents the mechanics of how the project was prepared via surveys and curriculum development. Chapter 5 conferrs the information of the results of the project and after-thoughts.