Youth Apologetics…More than Just Worldviews Training
by Steven Kozak
The Apostle Peter told us to always be prepared to give an answer or defense to everyone who asks about the hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15). Jesus, simply told us to go make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:19, Acts 1:8). Simple yes, to read and even comprehend, but there is something greater underneath the surface of these commands. Something that demands our attention and care. We should not presume that making disciples, building relationships, and even walking as Jesus did (1 John 2:6) is something that will just come naturally upon belief. Our minds and hearts are not prone to think about the things of God, they are naturally thinking God’s thoughts and our words and actions are not naturally in line with those of Jesus. Therefore God, His existence, and the reasons why we believe are not part of our natural train of thought. This is why Paul tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). Giving a defense requires knowledge and making disciples requires relationships.
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Several years ago I had this idea to start teaching apologetics in my high school Bible classroom. I began to notice a trend in many high school graduates. I am sure it does not come as a surprise to many, but early in my career I was completely oblivious to the vast number of students that had a tremendous knowledge about their faith, but lacked confidence, conviction and perseverance to live out their faith as though it is absolute truth. In other words, how could anyone believe something if they really have little to no clue as to why. So I began by asking the question, “Why do you believe, what you believe?”
Confidence in biblical truth and the willingness to converse regarding that truth is vital to youth culture. The church, so often, is compelled to draw people into youth groups and at times lack the opportunity for depth. This book is designed to be a resource for students, youth pastors, and parents to help answer questions, raise new questions and provide the means to dig deeper into the absolute truths of the Christian faith.
The confidence is not built on sleight-of hand tactics or conversational coercion, but in building relationships…
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