Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
biblical studies, biblical reliability, defending the Bible, inerrancy, equipping the church, church
Christianity | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion
McLain, Harlan Grant, "Equipping Covenant Baptist Church to Defend the Bible in a Skeptical World" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 4332.
The thesis of this research project is “If Covenant Baptist Church members are taught the reliability of the Bible, they will be equipped to defend their faith to a skeptical world.” The goals of this doctoral thesis are two-fold: to train adequate believers regarding the Bible’s reliability in a skeptical world, and honor God in the process through the equipping ministry of the church in accordance with Ephesians 4:11-16. Seven lessons were researched, formulated, and presented to a small group of believers in Covenant Baptist Church who desired to become more confident in defending the Bible to a skeptic. Entrance and exit questionnaires were shared to determine comfortability and knowledge of the reliability of the Bible before and after the seven, discipleship lessons were taught. Participants indicated an improvement in confidence and an increased willingness to use the study materials to engage a skeptic or an unbeliever in a witnessing scenario. It is discovered from this research study that intentional discipleship on the reliability of the Bible will provide positive results for those who choose to instruct believers about ways to defend the Bible.