The Bible encourages us to defend our faith: “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 Pet. 3:15 ESV). That’s the point of apologetics—to explain our hope in Christ to others. We shouldn’t do this in an overbearing way, as if we’re hitting people over the head. On the other hand, we shouldn’t detach ourselves from the rest of the world, too concerned with our own safety or offending someone that we never impact others. If we’re confident in the truth God has given us, then we won’t be ashamed to respectfully engage our culture in productive ways.
December 7 – The Apologetics Intro Lesson: This lesson will help students gain a framework for what Apologetics is and how God’s truth interacts with their lives. Apologetics means you know what you believe, and you’re ready to answer questions about it. Students will learn to identify what is true and what their faith is based on, and they will sculpt a testimony they can share with others.
December 14 – Faith in Culture: How do I live out my faith when I’m surrounded by the faithless? The question of how to engage our culture is a tough one for most Christians, especially students. This lesson will give a few examples of followers of God who approached the topic of faith in culture the right way. Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 9:19–23
December 21 – Christmas Party
December 28 – No Wed PM
January 4 – The Resurrection: Why did Jesus have to rise again? This lesson focuses on how important Jesus’ resurrection is to proving the truth of everything else he said. When he rose again, he did exactly what he said he would, even though it seemed impossible. If he is trustworthy in the extreme and seemingly impossible, how much more should we trust him in the little things and the other truths he gave us? Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 15:14–22
January 11 -Testimony: What is my faith story? This lesson will focus on the importance of sharing your faith story through real relationships with people. It will also show how an individual’s faith story can help others find faith. Finally, this lesson will challenge students to think through how to tell their own faith story. Bible Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:1–13
January 18 -Unbending Truth: How do I know what’s true? This lesson focuses on the idea that all truth is God’s truth. The absolute truth of the Bible is true at all times and everywhere. This truth also matches up to the world we live in. Bible Passage: 2 Timothy 3:10–17