Teaching Apologetics in High School
by Meredith Curtis
When I first heard the term apologetics, I immediately thought of apologizing. It sounded like Christians were saying, “I’m sorry for what I believe.” But the term apologetics refers to intellectually defending the faith. As believers in Jesus, we are commanded to give a reason for the hope that we have, to answer the intellectual questions of our day. The Bible does have an answer for the questions the world is asking.
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of your slander,” (I Peter 3:15-16NIV).
Teens Defend Their Faith
People will ask you and your Christian teenager questions such as “Why do you believe the Bible?” or “Why do you think Christianity is the only right way to believe?” Is your teen ready to answer those questions? Maybe you are thinking, “Golly, I’m not ready to answer those questions.” That’s okay. You and your teen can learn together.
Where do we start in teaching our teens to defend their faith? Set apart Christ as Lord. Set Him aside as the Supreme Master of your life and home. Whatever He says goes! His Word is Truth. His commands are obeyed. He is the One we live to please, not the world, our friends, or our college professors.
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Next, we receive preparation or training so that we can be prepared to give an answer to those who ask. This preparation can be in the form of a class with you or your spouse. There are many wonderful books available on the subject of apologetics such as More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell or Know Why You Believe by Paul E. Little. My husband taught an apologetics Sunday School class that we have adapted for our teens. It covers the following topics.
- Reality and Uniqueness of the Bible
- Creation and the Evolution Scam
- The Flood
- Prophecies of Cities’ Destruction
- Prophecies of the Coming Messiah
- The Trilemma: Is Jesus, Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?
- Jesus’ Resurrection
Training should involve presenting the Biblical worldview on topics such as law, government, science, history, philosophy, psychology, economics, and sociology. Non-biblical worldviews (secular humanism, socialism, New Age, Muslim, and post-modernism) should be presented too with equipping to defend the biblical worldview…
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