The story is way too common. The parents had done their best to raise their child to follow Jesus. And now their child headed off to university to get the finest education available. Only their education was not just in engineering or architecture or medicine. Their child was also challenged with the value or truth of faith in God. And their child could not answer the challenges and walked away from following Jesus. And the parents asked questions: How could this have happened? What are they supposed to do now? What did they do wrong? How are they supposed to respond as Christians? What would Jesus have them do?
That's but one example of how we are confronted with people (or our own family) whose beliefs conflict with our understanding of the Bible. It's easy to simply avoid the issues or take an argumentative stand. It's easy to question our own faith. It's easy to become fearful for our children.
We often respond reflexively because we don't know what to do. More importantly, we don't know where to begin thinking so we can respond in a godly fashion to people who do not know Jesus.
March 25 & 26, we will be having Sean McDowell at Grace Baptist for our annual Family Life Conference. The theme for the weekend is Living as Believers in a Changing Culture. We believe this weekend will be valuable for everyone, whether married or single, parents or not, students or grandparents. Mark your calendars today. This is a weekend you don't want to miss.
7:00pm – Engaging the LGBTQ Conversation: Compassion and Clarity
Targeted for high school and college students, this session offers a biblically informed, yet gracious approach to loving those who identify as LGBTQ+ as God loves them, and helps us learn to respond with clarity and compassion. This session is intended for high school and college students.
8:30am and 11:00am – Passing Your Faith to the Next Generation
We all want our children to follow Jesus. During the morning worship services Sean will use Deuteronomy 6:4-7 as the roadmap to practically encourage raising children according to the biblical model.
10:00am – True For You, But not True For Me
Truth is questioned in our world. The Bible Hour session addresses the issue of truth, the ability to know truth, and understanding the implications of truth in our daily lives and is intended for everyone aged 5th grade and up.
3:00pm – A 30,000’ View of Biblical Sexuality
The afternoon will continue with the ideas from Bible Hour but with a high-level focus on God's design for sexuality. It will be a mix of theology and practical information. There will be a time for anonymous Q&A as well. This session is intended for everyone 5th grade and up.