Stand to Reason (STR) equips Christian ambassadors with knowledge, wisdom, and character. STR teaches the value of using our minds to love God and share the Gospel.
We focus on the basics, the fundamentals of theology and ethics, and the fundamental tools of thought. We teach not just what to think, but how to think. While STR may not be unique in the information we give, we are distinctive in the way we use the information.
An accurate mind
An Ambassador must have some basic knowledge. Minimally, he must know the character, mind, and purposes of his king.
An artful method
Knowledge must be deployed in a skillful way. There’s an element of wisdom, a tactical and artful diplomacy that makes his message persuasive.
An attractive manner
Because an ambassador brings himself along in everything he does, his personal maturity and individual virtue can either make or break the message.
These three areas—knowledge, wisdom, and character—are the three areas all Ambassadors for Christ need to continue to grow in. Sometimes the task can be confusing and even overwhelming, but breaking the job down into these three areas makes it simpler. You can lay a foundation you can build on for the rest of your life. Plan to grow in knowledge, tactical wisdom, and character to be a high-impact ambassador for Jesus Christ.
Get Equipped by Going Deeper
Here are some carefully selected articles to help you cultivate a sensible faith by increasing your knowledge, sharpening your tactical wisdom, and building your character:
Can we know for certain that the New Testament has been handed down accurately? Yes, we can.Read More
The serious flaw found in religious pluralism, which is the idea that when it comes to religious issues, all roads lead to Rome.Read More
The single most important skill for every Christian is, never read a Bible verse. Instead, always read a paragraph at least.Read More
Stay in the driver’s seat of any conversation without being pushy, uptight, or unpleasant, but also without having to be especially clever or knowledgeable.Read More
Probably no concept has more currency in our politically correct culture than the notion of tolerance. Unfortunately, one of America's noblest virtues has been so distorted it's become a vice.Read More
Using simple, leading questions is an almost effortless way to introduce spiritual topics to a conversation without seeming abruptRead More
What it means to have good character when engaging in conversations regarding ethics, faith, and values.Read More
Throughout salvation history, God has used visual parables to teach people truths about Himself, and when we are gracious to others, we become part of a parable of God’s grace.Read More
We can talk about the kind of people we should be, but we’re more likely to actually make changes when we think of specific ways, people, and situations in our lives where we can give a little bit of Heaven.Read More
An Ambassador is alert for chances to represent Christ and will not back away from a challenge or an opportunity.
An Ambassador adapts to each unique person and situation, maneuvering with wisdom to challenge bad thinking, presenting the truth in an understandable and compelling way.
An Ambassador is careful with the facts and will not misrepresent another’s view, overstate his own case, or understate the demands of the Gospel.
An Ambassador knows that effectiveness requires joining his best efforts with God’s power.
An Ambassador has informed convictions (not just feelings), gives reasons, asks questions, seeks answers, and will not be stumped by the same challenge twice.
An Ambassador is careful with language and will not rely on Christian lingo, nor gain unfair advantage by resorting to empty rhetoric.
An Ambassador is provisional in his claims, knowing that his understanding of truth is fallible. He will not press a point beyond what the evidence allows.
An Ambassador won’t quarrel, but will listen in order to understand, then with gentleness seek to respectfully engage those who disagree.
An Ambassador is sympathetic and understanding towards others and will acknowledge the merits of contrary views.
An Ambassador will act with grace, kindness, and good manners. He will not dishonor Christ in his conduct.