December's Friday Forum!

Neil Shenvi

"IS ANYONE ASKING YOU ABOUT THE HOPE THEY SEE IN YOU?"

If not, why not? Are you hopeful in the midst of what is going on in our culture? Are you demonstrating it? Are you too caught up in the kingdom of this world instead of focusing on the "things above?"

The verse most apologists and apologetic ministries use to describe their ministry is 1 Peter 3:15 where Peter instructs believers to "be ready to give a reason for the hope that is with you." But the truth of the matter is that mot many of us are being asked about the hope we have. Why not? There could be many reasons. A study of the historical context, the context surrounding that verse, and even a survey of the entire letter will help us understand why it was very appropriate then, why it is becoming increasingly appropriate today, and what kind of lifestyle will have friends asking us about the hope that we have within us.

Dr. Steve Van Horn was born and raised in Southern California and has been living in Oregon since 1981.

He has served on the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ, been the lead pastor at Faith Bible Church, Aloha, and Associate pastor at Calvary Chapel Worship Center, Hillsboro. While on staff at Calvary Chapel, he taught as adjunct professor at Nairobi International School of Theology (now International School of Theology). In 2005 he founded the International Training & Equipping Ministries (ITEM), and is currently serving as ITEM's Exec Director.

He got his BS in Mathematica at California Baptist College (now university), his MDiv at the International School of Theology and his Doctorate in Leadership at Western Seminary (Portland).

Steve has been married to his spouse Brenda since 1970, and he has two daughters, six granddaughters, and two great grandsons.

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