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Konrad Buzala

K Buzala
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Country

  • Poland
Participants Details

ELF Network

  • 2022 Theologians Network

Occupation

  • Seminary

Funding Status

  • ELF Funded
Participants Answers
What is your ministry?

I am organizing workshops in apologetics with my pastor, and we want to continue developing this project. My main field of study is apologetics related to Roman Catholicism, while my pastor is interested in philosophical debate with atheists and agnostics. I have also prepared my first sermons, and sometimes I lead the Bible studies at the Christian student meetings, which it seems I will do more frequently in the coming year. When it comes to the Internet ministry, I am a moderator of a Polish Protestant web forum.

When did you trust Christ?

I was born and raised in a Roman Catholic family. I was a devout child, but with no deep understanding of the faith delivered to me by my parents. After receiving my confirmation, I was disappointed because I did not notice any change within me. I also realised my sinfulness and guilt, which could not be erased by confession and penance. It was the beginning of the process that ultimately distanced me from Christianity of any kind. I felt an emptiness that could not be filled with anything. I turned to esotericism, Eastern meditation, and conspiracy theories. One of them was strange, and it was about the Roman Catholic Church as the Great Harlot from the Book of Revelation. It was interesting because I thought that it was impossible to turn the Bible against the Catholic Church. I was convinced that the Bible was the Church's book. Vain and unbelieving curiosity brought me to read the Book of Revelation, and then I decided to read the rest of the New Testament. I found that it spoke to me personally. It answered my deep needs and desperate desires. The Pauline Epistles gave me the remedy for my internal sinfulness and my fear of God's wrath associated with my guilt. I discovered the Gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone, based on my Savior's perfect sacrifice and merit alone.

What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?

Paradoxically, my faith has been stabilized by trials. The last two years have been hard for me, but in every situation, without a solution, I have turned to Christ again and again so that I could find true peace.

What do you hope to gain from participating?

Every lecture at the Forum on apologetics and related to the Reformation's conflict with Rome dramatically benefits my ministry. At the Forum, I also make contacts and meet people who can help me in what I plan to do in ministry, especially regarding a book I would like to write. I am a Polish student, so Christian books and materials from the U.K. and the U.S. are expensive, but the great advantage of the Forum is that there is an opportunity to buy such books at a lower price. It is a huge blessing!

What is your leadership role or what were your past leadership roles?

The record of my past leadership roles is not very long. I am still a student preparing myself for the ministry by continual learning and taking small steps to broaden my ministry field.

Why should someone invest in your ministry?

I believe that there is a need for genuine, academic, and well-prepared Protestant apologetics in our Roman Catholic country. There are almost no meaningful books on such topics, so my dream is to write one to equip pastors, ministers, and those who are willing to engage Catholics with the Gospel.