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Tactical Faith teaches how to be ‘fishers of men’comment (0)

January 30, 2014


Tactical Faith teaches how to be ‘fishers of men’

Being an effective fisherman requires a certain level of skill, said Jay Wolf, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Montgomery. “You must be skillful with your net. … Jesus said to ‘follow Me and I’ll make you fishers of men’ (Matt. 4:19).” 

“Fishers of men” can use apologetics to increase their net skills, Wolf said. “Apologetics equips people to share their faith.

“So the whole point of hosting [the SALT] conference (see story, page 1) is to help people fish,” he said.

For this reason First, Montgomery, the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM) and The Alabama Baptist partnered with Tactical Faith for the second year to bring SALT (Strategic Answers to Life’s Thoughts) Apologetics Conference to church staff members and lay people in Alabama. 

SALT, held Jan. 18 at First, Montgomery, featured seven keynote speakers and a wide range of topics including how to approach apologetics, theology and philosophy, archaeology and 21st century storytelling.

Matthew Burford, founder and president of Tactical Faith, opened the SALT conference acknowledging the faithfulness of God and of God’s people that has made Tactical Faith and SALT possible. Tactical Faith is an Alabama-based nonprofit organization that provides apologetics resources for churches. Within only three years of its formation in 2010, Tactical Faith has grown from three volunteers to more than 40 doing work in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Louisiana and Michigan.  

And it’s because of that faithfulness that Tactical Faith can bring in top apologetic experts at no cost for the participant for the purpose of connecting local churches with apologetics training.

“It’s an honor for us to be able to partner … to bring this about,” said Billy Harris, SBOM state missionary. “Our prayer is that this will be equipping for all of us that we might be better Great Commission people.”

To learn more about Tactical Faith, visit www.tacticalfaith.com. To watch the videos from the January SALT conference, visit www.youtube.com/user/tacticalfaith. (TAB)  

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Being an effective fisherman requires a certain level of skill, said Jay Wolf, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Montgomery. “You must be skillful with your net. … Jesus said to ‘follow Me and I’ll make you fishers of men’ (Matt. 4:19).” 

“Fishers of men” can use apologetics to increase their net skills, Wolf said. “Apologetics equips people to share their faith.

“So the whole point of hosting [the SALT] conference (see story, page 1) is to help people fish,” he said.

For this reason First, Montgomery, the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM) and The Alabama Baptist partnered with Tactical Faith for the second year to bring SALT (Strategic Answers to Life’s Thoughts) Apologetics Conference to church staff members and lay people in Alabama. 

SALT, held Jan. 18 at First, Montgomery, featured seven keynote speakers and a wide range of topics including how to approach apologetics, theology and philosophy, archaeology and 21st century storytelling.

Matthew Burford, founder and president of Tactical Faith, opened the SALT conference acknowledging the faithfulness of God and of God’s people that has made Tactical Faith and SALT possible. Tactical Faith is an Alabama-based nonprofit organization that provides apologetics resources for churches. Within only three years of its formation in 2010, Tactical Faith has grown from three volunteers to more than 40 doing work in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Louisiana and Michigan.  

And it’s because of that faithfulness that Tactical Faith can bring in top apologetic experts at no cost for the participant for the purpose of connecting local churches with apologetics training.

“It’s an honor for us to be able to partner … to bring this about,” said Billy Harris, SBOM state missionary. “Our prayer is that this will be equipping for all of us that we might be better Great Commission people.”

To learn more about Tactical Faith, visit www.tacticalfaith.com. To watch the videos from the January SALT conference, visit www.youtube.com/user/tacticalfaith. (TAB)  

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Practical tips for talking to atheists

1. Listen and relate to them as people.

2. Discuss the opinions of their experts.

3. Avoid arguing evolution (or the age of the Earth).

4. Focus on physics and cosmology.

5. Use questions.

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