Capstone encourages Christians to take an active role in culture and public policy. It begins with a review of the Biblical basis for citizen action. It then examines the growing cultural threats to our faith, family, and freedom, and reasons why we must speak out. Finally, it offers effective ways to counter these threats and to fulfill our Biblical mandate to be salt and light to our world. It includes a study of key issues and inspiring models for making a difference, drawing on materials from Focus on the Family.
(Jan. 10) 1. Introduction/Overview: Why You Can't Stay Silent by Tom Minnery
(Jan. 17) 2. The Biblical Basis for Involvement in Public Policy
Ch. 1-2: When You Can't Stay Silent
Christians Have Always Done Something
(Jan. 24) 3. (Video) Why Christians Need to Get Involved
Ch. 3-4: Shouldn't We Keep Away from Controversy?
Why It's Right to Do What's Right
(Jan. 31) 4. (Video) Winning the War of Ideas
Ch. 5-6: Churches and Caesar
Shine Your Light, Embrace Your World
(Feb. 7) 5. (Video) How to Speak Out for Truth
Ch. 7-8: Creation – Our Assignment from God
What It Means to Love the World
(Feb. 14) 6. (Video) How to Make a Difference in Your Community
Ch. 9-10: Why Some People Shun Engagement
Is Activism Always Ugly?
(Feb. 21) 7. Review of the Valley Family Forum: Inform and Mobilize
Ch. 11: I'm Only One Person – What Can I Do?
A & B: Case Studies and How to Get Started
(Feb. 28) 8. Key Issue #1: Sanctity of Life
Key Issue #2: Sanctity of Marriage
(Mar. 6) 9. Key Issue #3: Standards of Community Decency
Key Issue #4: Freedom of Religious Expression
“It is in the man of piety and inward principle, that we may expect to find the uncorrupted patriot, the useful citizen, and the invincible soldier. God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable.”
John Witherspoon, Signer of the Declaration of Independence