References:No concern is more vital to the church than the Gospel itself, the life-changing message of Christ that inspires worship, equips for service, enables fellowship, and compels outreach. "You will be my witnesses," said Jesus..."Go and make disciples of all peoples." While owing its very existence to the Gospel, the Church can be easily distracted from this fundamental calling. In keeping with this year's theme, "Evangelism In and Through the Local Church," conference addresses, question-answer sessions, and Bible expositions emphasized that the Gospel is less than a project or program and more the very heartbeat of a living church. The speakers expressed that the Gospel is not for unbelievers alone, but meant to engage the hearts and minds of believers as well.
David Robertson, author of The Dawkins Letters, says that he was told by the leader of an atheist society: "Okay, I admit that you have destroyed my atheism, but what do you believe?" This book is his answer: an apology of faith in the face of atheism and a response to the shouts of God is Not Great! by the late Christopher Hitchens.