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Defender Church Briefing

Pastor P. Brian Noble is an everyday guy who loves Jesus. He has a wife, four children, one daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren; they reside in eastern Washington.

Brian has a Master of Arts in missional leadership from Northwest University.

An ordained minister for the past twenty-six years (three years as a youth pastor, fourteen years as a senior pastor, and nine years as an executive pastor), he proclaims hope through the gospel message as the Holy Spirit empowers believers in their daily walk.

He believes in the power of the word of God to transform lives. He has been a Certified Christian Conciliator since 2008, with 1000+ hours of conflict coaching and mediation experience. He is now a Peacemaker Fellow with Peacemaker Ministries. His caseload has ranged from husband-and-wife cases to family farms, public schools, and even county government. Brian has taught peacemaking in local jails and internationally in Uganda. Brian was the former CEO of Peacemaker Ministries. He started serving Peacemaker Ministries. Brian has written several books, including The Path of a Peacemaker, Living Reconciled, and a 365-day devotional.

Brian believes in engaging the public square. Whether being a sheriff’s chaplain or running for political office, he thinks salt and light in his community. He was the chair of the Spokane County GOP, where his efforts have led a grassroots effort to get conservative leadership back into government.

Ken Ramey is the Director of Pastoral & Church Relationships at FPIW. Hired by FPIW in 2022, Ken is a vital part of outreach to pastors and churches, praying with, encouraging, and undergirding their efforts to get involved in government.

Ken has served for more than 40 years in the positions of senior pastor, assistant pastor, and youth pastor. With the heart of an evangelist, Ken started EvangeCoach Ministries, equipping and coaching pastors and Christian leaders in personal evangelism.

In 2012, Ken joined the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, connecting ministries to their efforts across the nation. He has taken part in numerous crusades and conferences, leading workshops and meetings on personal evangelism and evangelistic outreach.

Ken’s work requires extensive travel, meeting with and discussing issues that impact Christians across the state.

Family is a huge part of Ken’s life. Along with his wife and ministry partner, Melissa, they share a blended family of five children, 14 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

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WHY VOTE?

Vote because it is a division of power

  • Division of Power #1: God, Moses, and Aaron
  • Division of Power #2: God, Eli, and Samuel
  • Division of Power #3: Saul and Samuel
  • Division of Power #4: David and Nathan
  • Division of Power #5: Washington Context
  • Division of Power #6: We the People

Voting is a voice to biblical justice

  • How has truth stumbled in the public square?
  • Two Charts: Political Power Gain & Political Power Loss

Voting is stewardship of the public square

  • Are Christians called to steward the public square?
  • Government Types
  • Sowing and Reaping Principle
  • The Esther Example

Voting is pouring salt into the public square

  • Are Christians called to be salt and light in the public square?
  • What does salt do? What’s your saltiness score?
  • What does light do? How bright are you?

VOTE THE BIBLE

Vote for life

  • Life Starts at Conception
  • Defend the Disabled
  • Defend the Elderly

Vote for religious freedom

  • Liberty is God’s Idea
  • Freedom to Express
  • Freedom to Speak
  • Freedom to Assemble

Vote for marriage and family

  • One Man & One Woman
  • Marriage for Life
  • Family

Vote for parental rights

  • Freedom to Parent
  • Freedom to Educate
  • Freedom to Instill Values

Vote for biblical gender

  • Only Two Genders
  • DNA

How do I vote? Jesus is not on the ballot.

BUILD A VISION

Twelve Basic Areas of the Public Square

  • Business (Small and Corporate)
  • Government (Elected Officials, Employees, Policies, & Laws)
  • Religious Organizations, the Church, & Other Non-Profits
  • Education (Private and Public)
  • The Arts, Entertainment, and Athletics
  • Medical (Emergency, Short-term, and Long-term)
  • Justice, Law Enforcement, & Those Incarcerated
  • Professionals, Finance, and Tech
  • Laborers and Tradesmen
  • Retired and widows
  • Lower Class, Middle Class, Upper Class
  • Marginalized

Public Square Areas from Different Angles 

  • Measure
  • Discern

Developing a Strategy for the Public Square 

  • Vision
  • Mission
  • Strategy
  • Goals

Core Values  

Relational Commitments 1 to 8

DEFENDING LIFE

The Public Square

  • Did you know? 63 million abortions
  • Did you know? 194,644 abortions in Washington state
  • Did you know? 1% of abortions are from rape
  • Did you know? 55% of abortions are from the Christian faith community

Biblical Worldview 

  • Biblical Worldview #1: Imagio Dei
  • Biblical Worldview #2: Created by God

Apologetics

  • Objection #1: “My Body, My Choice”
  • Objection #2: Rape, Incest, and Health of the Mother

Engaging the Public Square 

  • Engagement #1: Preach and Teach
  • Engagement #2: Love Life
  • Engagement #3: Foster and Adopt
  • Engagement #4: Pregnancy Center
  • Engagement #5: Biblical Counseling
  • Engagement #6: Abortion Care
  • Engagement #7: Call your church to repentance, grace, and forgiveness

A Sample Teaching on Life

JUST PREACH THE GOSPEL

OBJECTION #1: You are getting too political 

OBJECTION #2: I only want the Gospel preached

OBJECTION #3: We could lose our non-profit status 

OBJECTION #4: Isn’t there a separation of church and state? 

OBJECTION #5: Why do we care about the government?

OBJECTION #6: Are you a “Christian Nationalist”? 

OBJECTION #7: I keep “my church life, as my church life” 

OBJECTION #8: My unsaved friends may feel uncomfortable 

OBJECTION #9: Politics is too messy 

OBJECTION #10: You might offend 

OBJECTION #11: Only preach love 

OBJECTION #12: Don’t talk about evil 

ACTIONS TO IMPLEMENT

Action #1: Preach and Teach on a Biblical Worldview 

 

Action #2: Start a Public Square Ministry 

 

Action #3: Raise Up Defender Intercessors 

 

Action #4: Encourage Congregants to become Defenders 

 

Action #5: Legally Collect Ballots 

 

Action #6: Candidate “Meet and Greets”

 

Action #7: Encourage Congregants to Run for Office 

 

Action #8: Train Elected Officials on Moral Behavior 

DEFENDER CHURCH

As I engage, so too shall I encourage my church to advance biblical values in the PUBLIC SQUARE.

 

Lesson #1: Defenders Pray 

DEFENDER CHURCHES Pray for their elected officials, neighbors, and nation.

 

Lesson #2: Defenders Vote

DEFENDER CHURCHES Educate their congregants on candidates and encourage their congregants to vote.

 

Lesson #3: Defenders Sign 

DEFENDER CHURCHES Allow Initiatives and Referendums that address a biblical worldview to be signed in their church.

 

Lesson #4: Defenders Engage 

DEFENDER CHURCHES Encourage their congregants to start a public square ministry and to raise up DEFENDERS.