Maximize Your Life with James Werner is an outflow of James’ personal ministry and his desire and passion to proclaim and defend the truth of Christianity. James has been married to his high school sweetheart Tina for almost 30 years. He cherishes his marriage and recognizes it is an institution designed by God. Besides accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior, his choice to marry Tina was the most important decision of his life. James is also a father of 6 children and has a great passion for building and promoting strong family values based on the principles in the Bible. He values the relationship he has with his children and is sobered by the truth of 1 Timothy 3:5 “For if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?” James and his family reside in Southern California.
James has a wide variety of interests but values most his personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. James recognizes he is saved by grace through faith and without God he has NOTHING to boast about. He believes with God in your life, you then have the incredible opportunity to live life with purpose and meaning and truly experience the abundant life Christ talks about in His Word.
James has a diverse background in business, pastoring and teaching, which gives him unique leadership insights and perspectives. James is a business man, entrepreneur, conference speaker, Christian Apologist, Blogger, and Regional Supervisor. He has functioned as a lay pastor in Southern California for over 20 years, teaching and preaching the Bible, the Word of God. For more information regarding his local church family see http://www.socalbiblestudy.com
James earned his Bachelor’s degree from Cal State University San Bernardino in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management and Marketing. He also holds an associate degree from Riverside City College. James graduated from Management Leadership Academy in 2013 and holds multiple business certifications. In his secular work as a regional supervisor he enjoys teaching business principles, including effective management and leadership skills. He is actively involved in coaching and mentoring his employees to help them maximize their God given talents. However his real passion and calling is encouraging people to serve the Lord, teaching truth from the Bible, proclaiming the Good News of the gospel, and defending the Christian worldview.
James recently received his certification and graduated from the Cross-Examined Instructor Academy with Dr. Frank Turek. In this seminar, they answer the major questions to establish why Christianity is the most reasonable worldview. He has also been accepted into Biola University’s Certificate Program in Christian Apologetics. After completing this program James will continue to pursue his M.A. of Christian Apologetics at Biola University.
While education has some value James recognizes the most important “credential” is our connection with Jesus as emphasized by the following passage of Scripture in Acts 4:13 “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
Over the last several years James has seen the increased importance of Apologetics in the church. Many Christians do not know why they believe what they believe. He believes the Bible commands all Christians to be prepared to defend their faith. We should be like the Bereans and seek truth with an open mind!
We are commanded in 1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer (or defense) to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”
The Apostle Paul also said this in 2 Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
Some of this renewed desire to defend the faith was triggered by some personal experiences James and his family went through including the death of their oldest daughter, the loss of his mom to cancer, the recent death of his father, and other trials that many experience. James was also impacted by the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Ca. on December 2, 2015. It was the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the September 11 attacks. He lost 14 co-workers and 22 were seriously injured. These and other acts of evil leave many questions: Why would a good God allow pain and suffering? Does God exist? What happens when I die? Is the Bible true? What is the purpose of my life?
In our culture today, people are searching for answers to life’s toughest questions like never before and are even wondering whether it matters what you believe. It is James desire to show believers and unbelievers alike that there are many compelling reasons to believe Christianity is true. It stands firm on logic and reason, as well as faith. A large focus of his ministry is to help equip believers everywhere be prepared to defend their faith.