This Wednesday we’re starting an important series in our Impact youth group called “Spiritual Self-Defense.” Training our students how to defend what they believe. Jude wrote that we need to learn how to earnestly contend for the faith.
I’m also mindful of Peter’s instruction: But in your hearts set Christ apart as holy [and acknowledge Him] as Lord. Always be ready to give a logical defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it courteously and respectfully.
As I’m preparing for this, here are a few things I’m trying to keep in mind. Perhaps you will have some additional things to share with me:
- Earnestly means wholeheartedly. So I want to convey passion for biblical truths.
- Faith means an added dimension beyond scientific proof. Not in place of science, but beyond it. Albert Einstein observed, “Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.”
- Focusing on the lordship of Christ is the primary focus of Christian apologetics.
- I need to prepare to answer.
- My answers need to be logical and well thought out.
- My answers need to lead people to the hope that is only found in a personal relationship with Jesus.
- My defense of biblical truths need to be courteous and respectful.
In addition to our training times on Wednesday, we’ll also offer “sparing lessons” in our weekly men’s and women’s Bible studies. If you’re interested to learn more, come and join us at 7PM over the next few Wednesdays.