Part 1 — What Our Students Are Up Against
My fellow Discipleship Ministries Directors and I recently had the opportunity for a question and answer session with an "atheist." I have to say it was an eye-opening experience.
The atheist was Sean McDowell — well let me clarify that. Sean McDowell is the son of noted Christian apologist Josh McDowell and is an outstanding defender of the faith in his own right. As such Sean is very much a believer and follower of Christ. However, all that changed when he put on his "atheist jacket" — a trendy sport coat that instantly transformed him into an intellectually-superior hipster.
Part 2 — Apologetics 101
Apologetics is the study and defense of the truth claims of Christianity. Some of the major subjects it focuses upon include proving the existence of God, examining the validity of the Bible, and proclaiming that Jesus Christ is the only way to come into right standing with God.
From the earliest centuries of the church, many great minds have wrestled with these subjects and penned very profound insights. The literature on the subject is very deep, and too often we Christians don't take the time to wade out into it. However the onslaught on our students' faith is very real and cunning. At some point the faith of most of our young people will come under attack. It's time for parents, pastors, youth leaders and children's teachers to equip ourselves and our students to win this battle.