This past year I got to do something new (and it was great.)
I got to teach a Christian Apologetics class to Home Schooled Highschoolers.
Apologetics comes from a Greek word meaning “to make a defense.” It’s used in the New Testament verse, “in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).
So Apologetics doesn’t mean we’re out apologizing. It means we’re making a defense with gentleness and respect.
These Teens were terrific and smart and fun and mature, and they did a great job learning how to defend our faith and why Christianity is the only reasonable explanation for our existence. What a privilege!
Here’s a description of the class that I posted on the Homeschool Coop Website:
Is the Christian faith “blind” and foolish, or is it reasonable, logical, and able to be defended?
This class will equip the student to understand the claims of the Christian Gospel Message and be able to share it with an unbeliever. This class will give practical instruction on how to answer the most commonly heard objections, including “The Problem of Evil,” “Evolution,” “Sexuality,” and more.
Please be aware that we will be discussing how to Biblically answer adult-themed topics, such as “same-sex attraction” and “transgenderism.” These topics are OFTEN brought up by unbelievers we meet. Parents, please make sure your student is ready emotionally for those topics.
I gotta gotta GOTTA share an AMAZING way God used one of the Teens. (This gives me chills.)
One of the students pulled me aside to tell me what happened to her that week. She said she was challenged to ask God to open an opportunity for her to share her faith.
That night she took the courage to write about God on a group forum.
One of the members of the forum contacted her to tell her she said exactly what he needed to hear at exactly the right time. He had told God that he was going to commit suicide that night unless God showed Himself to be real, and what she wrote was exactly the proof he needed.
She lead him to salvation in Jesus that night, and he told his parents about his suicidality and he’s getting help.
Yeah, teaching these Teens is pretty awesome. Hallelujah!
Here are some photos to encourage you…
One of the most important classes was the one on our response to the LGBTQ+ Community. This class was recorded, and you’re welcome to watch it below…
I want to acknowledge my friend and mentor, Aaron Wentz. He is the head of The Michigan School of Apologetics, and he generously let me use all his course material for most of my curriculum. If you’d like to grow in your ability to defend the faith, I HIGHLY recommend signing up at: http://onlineapologetics.com/
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