Stand to Reason equips Christian ambassadors with knowledge, wisdom, and character. Stand to Reason 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 Stand to Reason may not be unique in the information we give, we are distinctive in the way we use the information.
An Ambassador must have some basic knowledge. Minimally, he must know the character, mind, and purposes of his king.
Knowledge must be deployed in a skillful way. There’s an element of wisdom, a tactical and artful diplomacy that makes his message persuasive.
Because an ambassador brings himself along in everything he does, his personal maturity and individual virtue can either make or break the message.
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.