By Susan Thomas
The vision of St. Stephen’s Anglican Church in Heathsville, VA, calls us to equip the saints of our community for ministry. One of our four areas of support is the sharing of Christ-centered, Biblical wisdom so that we can interpret to the skeptical, secular world who God is and what He is doing. After three years of preparation, St. Stephen’s is about to launch a curriculum that presents the Christian worldview in contrast with the deceptions of universal Darwinism. This eight-week course - A True & Reasonable Faith for a Skeptical World – is being offered to the Christian community this fall.
In early March 2012, an Apologetics study group was formed at St. Stephen’s and included representatives from three different congregations. Under the leadership of Jan Beckett, the group met weekly to discuss Bible based answers to some of the contemporary issues challenging our faith. Members of the group took turns researching, presenting and critiquing each other's work on topics ranging from the reality of hell and hypocrisy in the Church to unanswered prayer and Islam. This spring, the group began to focus on the theory of evolution and the devastating impact of Universal Darwinism. These studies inspired a core team consisting of Jan Beckett, Jeffrey Cerar, Tad de Bordenave, Priscilla Williams, Melinda Floom, Susan Thomas and Dixie Goertemiller to develop and produce a formal program.
The True Faith course consists of lectures, workbook, homework reading assignments and class discussions, and is suitable for adults of all ages. The inaugural course is aimed at preparing Christians to respond to challenges from skeptics and is open to anyone in the Northern Neck. Classes begin on September 16th in the meeting room at the Northumberland Public Library.
For more information, or to inquire about the possibility of offering this course in your church, please contact: Priscilla Williams: 804-580-4540 / Priscilla.firstname.lastname@example.org or Dixie Goertemiller: 804-453-3688 / email@example.com.
Susan Thomas is a member of St. Stephen's Anglican Church, Heathsville, VA.