Save the Dates: January 27-29, 2023
Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.
-Jude 3, ESV-
In recent years, Christians are encountering a hostile cultural climate. Our faith, once the bedrock of society, has lost respect. People are not indifferent towards Christians—they are indignant, both as a people and the beliefs we hold. Attacks have come even from within our ranks. And yet, the New Testament letter of Jude exhorts us to CONTEND for this Christian faith. What are we to do?
We must be prepared to respond.
On January 27-29, 2023, MBC will be hosting our first ever “CONTEND” Conference. This event is part of our Underground Sessions ministry, which seeks to model and equip Christians to have conversations in tough areas, particularly politics and culture. The focus of this weekend will be equipping believers in the area of APOLOGETICS, so they can respond with love, grace, and boldness to the challenges of the day. On Saturday evening, we will put this into practice by hosting an Underground Sessions event answering the toughest questions of today’s culture.
The word, “contend” is both a military and athletic term—it implies a struggle. Jude is exhorting his readers to preserve the faith. The purpose of this conference will be just that—equipping followers of Christ to answer the tough questions, raise up a confident next generation, and engage the marketplace with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
6pm – Bookstore, Food, Connections Lounge
7pm – Conference Open, Worship
7:20pm – Welcome Address: “Contending For the Faith” (Bob Erbig)
7:35pm – SESSION ONE: “Mama Bear Apologetics” (TEASI CANNON)
8:45pm – Worship, Next Day Activities
9pm – Dessert Social
8am – Bookstore, Food, Connections Lounge
9am – Day Two Open, Worship
9:20am – Short Talk: “Apologetics and Kids” (Rachel Rickershauser)
9:35am- SESSION TWO: “Cultural Apologetics” (PAUL GOULD)
10:45am – BREAK
11am – Short Talk: “Apologetics and Teens” (Johnny Graves)
11:15am – SESSION THREE: “Cultural Intelligence” (DARRELL BOCK)
12:30pm – LUNCH!
1:30-3pm – BREAKOUT TRACKS (Local Leaders)
6:30-8:30pm – UNDERGROUND SESSIONS Outreach Event (Teasi, Paul, Darrell)
- 10 Minute Talks + Roundtable
- Theme: Answering Today’s Toughest Questions
8:30m – Bookstore, Lounge and Food available in Fellowship Hall Ministry Center.
9am – PAUL GOULD
10:45am – DARRELL BOCK