We live in a tough world. I’m pretty sure that’s not breaking news to anyone.
As Christians, understanding how to share our faith in a way that will actually be heard is an important facet of living out our relationship with Jesus. This is true for our kids as well–be they homeschooled, private schooled, or public schooled.
But the HOW of that is sometimes difficult. Fortunately, there are tools to help, and I’m very excited to tell you about one that just recently came to my attention.
The Apologetics Study Bible for Students
Multiple research studies have shown that spiritual focus often weakens among teenagers as they head into the attention-dividing realm of young adulthood. Up to 66 percent of them leave church altogether. The Apologetics Study Bible for Students works against that trend by helping anchor younger Christians in the truths of Scripture, equipping them with thoughtful and practical responses for whenever the core issues of their faith and life are challenged, while helping them better articulate their beliefs with non-believers.
- Two-color design-intensive layout on every page for the visual generation
- Sixty “Twisted Scriptures” explanations (these address ways that various religious movements distort Scripture to support doctrine contrary to historic Christian teaching.)
- Fifty “Bones & Dirt” entries (archaeology meets apologetics)
- Fifty “Notable Quotes” (from leading Christian thinkers)
- Twenty-five “Tactics” against common anti-Christian arguments
- Twenty “Personal Stories” of how God has worked in real lives
- Twenty “Top Five” lists to help remember key apologetics topics
I really liked this from the introduction:
Remember: the point of apologetics is not to win an argument but to win a person to Christ. This is so important, so let me say it again: Apologetics is not about winning arguments, but about winning people. It is possible to win an argument and yet do it in a way that damages the cause of Christ. If we make a great argument, but we don’t do it in love, then it profits us nothing (1 Co 13:1-3). We must follow the example of Jesus and be full of both grace and truth (Jn 1:14).
Along with the Bible, the ApologeticsBible.com website offers other apologetics resources such as a video series by Sean McDowell with topics like
- “Is it ok to have doubts?”
- “Why does God allow evil?”
- “How do I know God’s will for my life?”
- “Bones and Dirt: Dead Sea Scrolls”
I had a chance to watch “How do I know God’s will for my life?” and was impressed! Sean is clear, concise, engaging, and real and I believe what he has to say is right on target. Right now there are 7 videos, but eventually there will be 16! Each video is only a few minutes in length and would be a great starter for a family discussion, youth group series, or homeschool apologetics class.
While you’re on the website, be sure to check out the Confident Faith Sweepstakes they are running right now!
Where can I get the Apologetics Study Bible for Students?
AND, I get to give away a copy! I’m so excited that someone will win a copy of this exciting resource Bible! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and in one week from today (Wednesday, August 26) I will number the comments, write the numbers on slips of paper, and randomly select one out of a literal hat. I like hats and I have quite a few, so why not use one for this kind of fun!
So if you want a chance to win the Apologetics Study Bible for Students, comment away!
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