Curriculum


“The topic of theology and apologetics can be overwhelming. Not so with Prove It!  Stephen Cutchins has taken the complex and made it accessible for anyone investigating Christianity or wanting to make sense of the difficult questions of faith.”

Dr. Ryan Pack, Senior Pastor
Riverland Hills Baptist Church | Columbia, SC

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Christians all over the United States and around the world have accessed and used the curriculum below. I keep it here as a free download because I believe God will use it to help people know who they are and defend what they believe. As part of my Doctorate of Ministry work at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC, what you see below was developed to be used in the local church context.

My passion for apologetics started years ago when I was serving as a part-time youth pastor and teaching in the public schools in the Charlotte, NC area. I found that my students had questions about God and the Christian faith that I was not prepared to answer. The importance of being prepared cannot be overstated. The purpose of this curriculum is to introduce the basic concepts, contenders, and criticisms of Christianity and prepare the reader to provide a defense for the hope that is in them (1 Pet. 3:15). “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15 NKJV).


ONE PDF – All Teacher & Student Guides

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THE BIG CONCEPTS

LESSON 1 | The Truth about Truth 

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LESSON 2 | The Truth about God

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LESSON 3 | The Truth about Miracles

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THE BIG CONTENDERS

LESSON 4 | The Truth about World Religions

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LESSON 5 | The Truth about Cults

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THE BIG CRITICISM

LESSON 6 | The Truth about Evil – Part 1

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LESSON 7 | The Truth about Evil – Part 2

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LESSON 8 | The Truth about Evil – Part 2

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Wanting More Than You Need



What do you need most today?
 
How would it feel to have it? 
 
How would you feel if you had everything that you needed in life?
 
I want to suggest as Christians; we already know how that feels. According to the scriptures, we have all that we need through our Lord Jesus Christ! You know, there is a difference between wanting and needing
 
Are you wanting more than you need? 
 
The thing you want may not be the thing you need. Let’s take a journey through Psalm 23 and see how God’s provides what we need so we don’t need to want for anything. 
 
PSALM 23
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul. 
He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,
for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
 
He Shepherds Us
“The Lord is my shepherd.”
As a shepherd, David’s words paint a beautiful picture of God as he expresses what God does for each of us. David knew how much work it takes to care for sheep, tending to them and protecting them. What David was to his sheep, God had been to him and is to us now.
 
He Provides For Us
“I shall not want.” 
When all we want is the Lord, we find contentment and lack nothing. I often hear people talk about God’s provision, and they make it sound as if God is a genie in a bottle waiting to fulfill their every desire. In reality, we can decide not to want by acknowledging that our Shepherd provides everything we need.
 
He Give Us Rest
“He makes me lie down in green pastures.”
Rest is essential, but spiritual rest and nourishment through the Word of God should be our highest priority. We can’t pour from an empty cup, and our Lord waits for an opportunity to meet with us so He can fill us up.
 
He leads us
“He leads me beside still waters.”
Like any good shepherd, He leads us to waters of rest where He gives us a place of stillness and peace.
 
He Restores Us
“He restores my soul.”
Our souls are often battle-weary and depleted. If we allow Him, He will restore us through worship, His Word, and time in the secret place with Him.
 
He Guides Us
“He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”
God is the one who reveals righteousness, guiding us the whole way when we choose to listen. The path He sets before us takes us on a good and safe journey because God directs us.
 
He Is With Us
“I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.”
“I will fear no evil for You are with me.”
There is nothing to fear, no matter what we are walking through, all the valleys, all the darkness, God is bigger, and He lights the path for us. He is our constant in a dangerous world, and above all, He is faithful.
 
He Comforts Us
“Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
Our Shepherd carries this instrument to defend us from attack, but it’s also protection from ourselves; to correct us when necessary.
 
He Protects Us
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”
This promise is pretty incredible; God is honoring us before our very enemies, the ones who want us to fail. As you walk humbly, God will elevate you as He sees fit, and there is not one person who can stand in the way of that.
 
He Anoints Us
“You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
As God hosts us before our enemies, He lavishes us with a refreshing of peace and protection through His oil, His overflowing goodness. He doesn’t just provide; He provides abundantly.
 
He Is Faithful To Us
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”
He will relentlessly pursue us with His goodness and mercy as we allow Him.
 
He Gives Us A Place On Earth And In Heaven
“And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Intimacy with our Father will always be available. What does this mean for us? He is allowing full access, full fellowship. We have the pleasure of dwelling with Him while we are on Earth and in the heavenly places when it’s time to meet our Father.

Which promise of Psalm 23 do you have a hard time believing?

According to David, we have all that we need through our Lord Jesus Christ! 

But remember, there is a difference between wanting and needing

Are you wanting more than you need? 
 
The thing you want may not be the thing you need. 

Let me encourage you to talk to your Shepherd this week and ask Him to reveal His promises for you in a specific way.


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