Give Your Kids Tools to Defend Their Faith


It's a day that nearly every parent looks toward with a mixture of excitement, relief, and even a little fear—the day you send your child out of your house and into the world. But what are you doing to prepare them for that day? In this post, Robert Morgan speaks about his own crisis of faith and the positive role apologetics played in affirming his beliefs. Watch as he underlines the importance of training kids in apologetics, giving them a firm foundation for their faith. Robert is Senior Pastor of The Donelson Fellowship and author of numerous books including 100 Bible Verses and Near to the Heart of God.

Can you relate to Robert's crisis of faith, when he struggled whether or not what he was preaching on Sunday was actually true? What brought you out of your doubt? What gives you confidence in your faith?
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Apologetics comes from the greek word apologia, which is translated in the verse below as a defense.

1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)

15but 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,

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

What does it mean for you to be prepared to make a defense of your faith? Do you feel comfortable with your ability to do so? Why or why not? Do you think your child can?
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As Robert noted, the Christian faith is a sound, reasonable faith which has a vast array of evidence which validate its claims. As you teach your child about the faith, how might you be able to incorporate some of the evidence for the faith also?
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What is one thing you want your child to know about their faith, beyond a shadow of a doubt, before they leave home? What can you do to work towards that end?
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Putting a firm foundation underneath your child's faith will equip them to face the opposition they will see once they leave home. Training in apologetics is an excellent way to give your child confidence that what they've been taught and what they believe is true. 

If you are interested in a great resource designed to help your teen answer tough questions about their faith, check out Matt Chandler's Apologetics Bible study exclusively in your RightNow Media Bible Study Library.