Prove It


“This helpful guide hits home with the Millennial generation.”

George Barna and Jimmy Meyers

“Prove It by Stephen Cutchins is one of the best written, best organized, and most timely books to fill the need to provide a defense for our faith. Never has the evangelical church needed books like this more than today. Every pastor, every parent, every Sunday School teacher, and every youth worker needs this book. I highly recommend it.”

Dr. Norman Geisler

Prove it. This is the cry of a generation that is both skeptical of truth and hostile toward Christianity. Too many people are turning away from Christianity, and God, because they have questions and challenges that go unanswered. Because of this, Christianity is viewed by many as an insanity that is only for the weak-minded and misguided. The purpose of this book 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). The importance of this book, and others like it, cannot be overstated from both a practical and an academic sense.

The local church has a serious responsibility to defend the basic concepts of the Christian faith but cannot keep up with the attacks without basic tools and training that will equip Christians to love people enough to answer their hard questions. Unless the church is equipped to deal with the intellectual mind that is rejecting the existence of God, the objective nature of truth, and the validity of miracles, a generation will be lost to the lies and confusion of false teaching. This book will enhance the readers’ potential in the areas of apologetics (pre-evangelism) and evangelism. Prove It is now in its second edition and also has an accompanying small group curriculum that can be used by churches.


WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING


“When the first edition of Prove It was published in 2015, we gave away a few thousand copies as our gift to everyone on Easter Sunday. Our people loved it. I then invited the author, my friend, Dr. Stephen Cutchins, to teach it on 7 consecutive Sunday nights. The room was packed every night! This book is exactly what today’s church members are looking for. It offers practical help in defending the faith in a skeptical culture.”

Dr. J. Kie Bowman, Senior Pastor
Hyde Park Baptist/The Quarries Church | Austin, TX

“Dr. Cutchins has done the Lord’s Church a great service by writing Prove It, which provides Christians at all levels the knowledge and understanding they need to share their Christian faith confidently and persuasively with seekers and skeptics alike. It is rare to find a book that is both tremendously informative and accessible for both the newest of believers and the most mature Christians alike. Prove It is just such a book. Every Christian will benefit greatly from reading and re-reading Prove It. We are proud to have Dr. Cutchins as an SES alumnus.”

Dr. Richard Land, President
Southern Evangelical Seminary | Charlotte, NC


Prove It is a foundational text for the apologetics courses at Fruitland Baptist Bible College. This excellent book is not only a wonderful resource for ministerial students, it is a great book for all Christians who desire to defend the faith. It is my hope that those who are skeptical about the claims of Christianity will also read this compelling book and place saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Getting Prove It into the hands of those who are not yet believers can be a powerful evangelism tool!”

Dr. David B. Horton, President
Fruitland Baptist Bible College | Hendersonville, NC

Prove it will help you understand and explain your faith. It is a unique book that can be used for small group study or as a stand alone read. I highly recommend it.”  

Dr. Ken Hemphill, Special Assistant to the President
North Greenville University | Tigerville, SC

“If you are looking for a clear and easy to understand book on apologetics (how to defend your Christian faith), you should read Prove It. Stephen Cutchins has explained simply what we need to know, with many excellent illustrations. Check out the table of contents.”

Dr. Thomas L. Constable, Senior Professor Emeritus of Bible Exposition
Dallas Theological Seminary | Dallas, TX

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SELF-CARE IS NOT SELFISH


Have you ever considered the simple truth that all you have to offer is YOU? If that is true, what are you offering? Is what you offer to those around you full of exhaustion and anxiety, or are you serving up your best?
 
Too often, daily tasks like sleeping enough, eating well, exercising regularly, connecting with people we love, engaging with meaningful hobbies, and making time for personal reflection take a back seat to the busyness of life. Why is that? Why do we sometimes feel we must constantly work and help others?
 
Jack Nevison did a study that showed 50 hours on the job yielded only 37 hours of productivity. However, if you raised it to 55 hours on the job, it caused a drop to only 30 hours of useful work. When we push past 50 hours in a week, we don’t get more done.
 
To make a difference, you must take care of yourself. You are all you have to offer. If we don’t get this, we will burn out and quit before completing the work God has for us. Self-care drives success and significance. So let’s explore the topic of “rest” and take note that even God rested after all of His work. 
 
“And on the seventh day God finished His work that He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all His work that He had done in creation.” (Genesis 2:2-3)
 

FOUR THINGS TO CONSIDER

1) Rest in the right order. 

How many of us always thought our day started in the morning? Let’s take a look at the creation story, as we see how God began each day in the evening, not the morning.

When God created the days, we find these words in Genesis: “So the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:5 NKJV). 

This pattern repeats as God continues to create on each successive day. “So the evening and the morning were the second day” (Genesis 1:8 NKJV). 

As we see here, your day does not begin when you get up. It starts when you go to sleep. Rest begins your new day, not coffee. 

God began each day in the evening, not the morning. So should we. 

2) Rest in the right rhythm.

Mother Theresa said, “To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it.” Resting is more than just a matter of convenience; it is a matter of obedience. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. (Exodus 20:8-9)

However, to obey God in rest, we have to repent of people-pleasing! There is no rest without repentance. Repentance is simply changing your mind to follow God’s plan for you instead of people’s plans for you. 

There are three fundamental ways people express their plans for you. Each of these levels has an increasing intensity and will require a higher level of assertiveness in your response.

LEVEL 1 – DESIRE: This is when people have the desire for you to do something or be at something. You can look at this as “wow, that’s nice they want me to be involved.” They give you room to say yes or no, and if you say no, they won’t get mad.

LEVEL 2 – EXPECTATION: At this level, people expect you to do things they think should be done. If you say no, they get mad. But just remember, to say yes to the right things, you will need to say no to the wrong things. 

LEVEL 3 – DEMAND: Sometimes, people forcibly try to make you do something that will take you outside of the will of God. Demanding people are dangerous people, especially when it comes to spiritual matters. Limit your exposure to these types of people, and be prepared to set up healthy and firm boundaries. 

Confession: Over the years, I have allowed expectations from people in my life to override God’s plan for rest. Let me invite you to join me in saying, as of today that ends.

3) Rest allows for physical recovery.

You need rest to be at your best because rest allows time for God to restore your passion. Self-care also fuels creativity. God rests first, then He works, and it’s a beautiful model to follow. 

The Bible teaches that those who do not work are lazy. However, the Bible says that those who do not rest are disobedient.

4) Rest allows your soul to catch up with you.

 Over the summer, I went on a month-long sabbatical where I disconnected from social media, the phone, email, and daily tasks that compete for my attention. Slowly as I let go of work, my soul began to catch up, and refreshment and happiness filled my heart. A key component to rest is contentment. It was so good for my soul to spend uninterrupted time with my family finding contentment in the simple things. 

Contentment is being satisfied with what you already have.

As we learn in Ecclesiastes 3, there is a “time for everything,” and the sabbatical proved to be my time for a soul revival and refreshing. I’ve noticed that the first place people tend to cut is self-care because it seems like an unnecessary luxury. But we can see above that sacrificing rest is not God’s desire or command for us. So if you are looking for a breakthrough, you may need to take a break. 

TRUTH: GOD REVEALS HIMSELF IN OUR REST

So which one of these everyday tasks do you need to reassess to be at your best?

  • Sleeping enough
  • Eating well
  • Exercising regularly
  • Connecting with people we love
  • Engaging with meaningful hobbies
  • Making time for personal reflection

If you’re unsure what you need to adjust, spend time with your Heavenly Father and ask Him. Remember, it is NOT selfish to rest. You are all you have to offer, which should be your best, and that can only happen if you rest.


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