Mission & Vision of R2B: In 1 Chronicles 12:32, we read of men of the tribe of Issachar “who understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” Our vision at R2B is for a generation of young men and women who undertake to understand the times, able to demolish false pretenses being raised up in their day. R2B exists to foster a body of young believers devoted to personal holiness, zealous for the Gospel, equipped to lead and ready to give reasons for the hope they have in Christ.
HOW DO WE WANT TO ACHIEVE IT
R2B believes that it is important to raise up a generation of strong Christian leaders. To achieve this goal, we directly influence people between the ages of 15 to 35. But there are only so many we can reach. Therefore, we enlist the Church itself to raise up this generation. Almost every adult believer has the ability to influence the young people within their sphere. We have found that most mature believers are willing and even anxious to persuade their loved ones, but are unable to do so for lack of knowledge. R2B is a ministry which teaches them how.
Teach Gospel believers how to defend their faith in an ever more hostile environment, yet with gentleness and respect. Many college students who grow up in the church are suddenly released into the world. Their compass needles spin and they don’t know how to give a logical accounting for the hope that is in them. They seek after a lifeline. They call for help and are often given little with which to stay the course. R2B is dedicated to educating and encouraging such young adults, their parents, teachers and mentors.
Show non-believers that it’s safe to question what they’ve been programmed to believe all their lives and now take for granted as truth. All mankind has a kernel of truth that has been written on their hearts. Yet they suppress it. A goal of this ministry to help people use their innate ability to reason.
OUR STATEMENT OF TRUTH
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES: The Bible is God’s word in written form. It consists of the 66 books of the Holy Bible; written by the hand of man under the inspiration and instruction of the Holy Spirit. God cannot err; the Bible was written by God; therefore the Bible contains no error in its original texts. It is the complete and infallible rule of faith and practice, not subject to revision or addition. It is to be interpreted literally where intended and symbolically where intended. It is the immutable Word of God, the embodiment of objective truth; not open to subjective interpretation for the sake of cultural shift, supposed new revelation or any other reason. Exodus 32:16; Deuteronomy 31:9-13; 1 Timothy 3:16
GOD: There is but one true and living God (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 45:5-7; 1 Corinthians 8:4), an infinite, all-knowing Spirit (John 4:24), perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons—the Father, the Son who is Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)—each equally deserving worship and obedience.
God is truly sovereign, but He exercises this sovereignty in harmony with His other attributes, especially His omniscience, justice, holiness, wisdom, grace, and love. This sovereignty will always exalt the will of God in a manner totally consistent with His character as revealed in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ (Proverbs 16:1-4).
God the Father: God the Father is the Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1-31; Ephesians 3:9). As the only absolute and omnipotent Ruler in the universe, He is sovereign in creation, providence, and redemption (Psalm 103:19; Romans 11:36). He is Father to all men (Ephesians 4:6), but He is spiritual Father only to believers (Romans 8:14). He has decreed for His own glory all things that come to pass. He continually upholds, directs, and governs all creatures and events (1 Chronicles 29:11).
God the Son: Jesus Christ possesses all the divine attributes, and in these He is coequal, consubstantial, and coeternal with the Father (John 10:30; 14:9). At the incarnation, Christ was born of a virgin and is the incarnate God (God becoming man). In His incarnation, the eternally existing second Person of the Trinity accepted all the essential characteristics of humanity and so became the God-Man, being both fully God and fully man (Philippians 2:5-8; Colossians 2:9).
God the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a divine Person, eternal, underived, possessing all the attributes of personality and deity, including intellect (1 Corinthians 2:10-13), emotions (Ephesians 4:30), will (1 Corinthians 12:11), eternality (Hebrews 9:14), omnipresence (Psalm 139:7-10), omniscience (Isaiah 40:13-14), omnipotence (Romans 15:13), and truthfulness (John 16:13). In all the divine attributes He is coequal and consubstantial with the Father and the Son (Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; 28:25-26; 1 Corinthians 12:4-6; Hebrews 10:15-17).
CREATION: We believe that the creation of the universe from nothing is neither allegory nor myth but a literal, historical event. The existence of all things is the result of the direct, immediate, creative acts of the triune God over six literal days (Genesis 1). Humanity—body and soul/spirit—was created by a direct work of God. Humans did not evolve from previously existing forms of life. The entire human race descended from the historical Adam and Eve, the first parents of the entire human race. (Genesis 1–2; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16–17)
MAN: Man was created by God in His image and likeness; free of sin with a rational nature, intelligence, volition, self-determination, and moral responsibility to God (Genesis 1:26-27; James 3:9).
God’s intention in the creation of man was that man should glorify God, enjoy God’s fellowship, live his life in the will of God, and by this accomplish God’s purpose for man in the world (Isaiah 43:7; Colossians 1:16; Revelation 4:11).
Through Adam’s sin of disobedience, man lost his innocence, incurred the penalty of spiritual and physical death, became subject to the wrath of God, and became inherently corrupt and utterly incapable of choosing or doing that which is acceptable to God apart from divine grace. Man’s salvation is thereby wholly of God’s grace through the redemptive work of our Lord Jesus Christ (Genesis 2:16-17; 3:1-19; John 3:36; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 Timothy 2:13-14; 1 John 1:8).
REDEMPTION: The Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through the shedding of His blood and sacrificial death on the cross, that He died in our place and in so doing He paid the full price demanded by the Father for the forgiveness of sin (John 10:15; Romans 3:24-25; 5:8; 1 Peter 2:24).
On the basis of the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, the believing sinner is freed from the punishment, the penalty, the power, and one day the very presence of sin; and by the Grace of God he is declared righteous, given eternal life, and adopted into the family of God (Romans 3:25; 5:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15; 1 peter 2:24; 3:18).
In the miracle of resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave, God confirmed the deity of His Son and gave proof that God has accepted the atoning work of Christ on the cross. It also guarantees the future resurrection of all believers (John 5:26-29; 14:19; Romans 1:4; 4:25; Romans 6:5-10; 1 Corinthians 15:20, 23). Jesus’ bodily resurrection is a historical event.
SALVATION: Salvation is wholly of God by Grace on the basis of the redemption of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works (John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; 1 Peter 1:18-19).
The unmerited favor that God grants to totally depraved sinners is not related to any initiative of their own part or to God’s anticipation of what they might do by their own will, but is solely of His sovereign grace and mercy (Ephesians 1:4-7; Titus 3:4-7; 1 Peter 1:2).
THE CHURCH: All who place their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual Body, the church (1 Corinthians 12:12-13), the bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-32; Revelation 19:7-8), of which Christ is the Head (Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; Colossians 1:18). The church is thus a unique spiritual organism designed by Christ, made up of all born-again believers in this present age (Ephesians 2:11-3:6).
The one supreme authority for the church is Christ (1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18).
Advancing and communicating the gospel to the entire world (Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8; 2:42) is a command. Discipleship (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2) and mutual accountability of all believers to each other (Matthew 18:5-14) is necessary and important.
There are two ordinances that have been committed to the local church: baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:38-42).
THE JUDGMENT: All men are resurrected bodily, the saved to eternal life (John 6:39; Romans 8:10-11, 19-23; 2 Corinthians 4:14), and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment (Daniel 12:2; John 5:29; Revelation 20:13-15).
The resurrection of the unsaved dead to judgment will be a physical resurrection, whereupon receiving their judgment (John 5:28-29), they will be committed to an eternal conscious punishment in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:11-15).
ABOUT BEN LACORTE
Conference organizer Ben LaCorte is the President of Reasons2Believe apologetics ministries. Ben speaks and writes on developing the next generation of Christian defenders of the faith.
Ben LaCorte is the director of R2B. Ben holds dual master’s degrees in business and theology. He teaches theology and apologetics at local Christian schools, leads Sunday school classes to youth and adults, and makes presentations to local churches. Ben also speaks at apologetics conferences and debates representatives from world religions before Christian audiences. His classes, talks and debates all have two goals:
a) to educate and equip young people to take ownership of their faith, and to be able to defend what they believe with confidence and clarity to their skeptical peers; and
b) to teach mature adult believers how to raise up strong believers and protect them against the powerful cultural undertow which pulls them away from the safety of the Christian worldview.
WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT BEN
“I’m honored to recommend Ben LaCorte. Ben is a gifted teacher who has faithfully served this congregation by equipping both students and adults in the area of apologetics. In addition to being a gifted communicator, Ben is faithful to God’s Word and his content is rock solid. It’s been my observation over the years that Ben desires to train believers to defend the truth of the Christian faith, and to help skeptics overcome barriers to belief. Ben does both very well. ” Colonial Baptist Logo
Pastor, Family Ministry,
Colonial Baptist Church, Cary, NC
Founding Director of Reasons2Believe, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization whose mission is to disseminate Christian apologetics information pursuant to a Christian Worldview, to equip the Church to engage the culture, and to teach believers to defend and proclaim the great truths of Christianity. Education:
Biola University: Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics (Candidate)
Shepherds Theological Seminary: Master of Arts in Biblical Literature
Cornell University: Master’s in Business Administration (MBA)
Clarkson University: Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering
Married 36 years, three grown children
Graduate of the Dale Carnegie Presentation Effectiveness Program
Licensed Private Pilot
Licensed Professional Engineer (Texas)
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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
“Ben, thanks for teaching apologetics. I was glad I could invite my son Daniel to enjoy it with me. I appreciate your view of apologetics as a tool of evangelism. Thanks for caring about the next generation growing up in churches.”