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Note: This post is a companion piece to a guest post I’m contributing to YouthMinistry360.com that will post tomorrow. Update: You can read the YouthMinistry360.com post here.
Christian Apologetics (the logical defense of biblical Christianity) is a huge passion of mine, and I think it’s important to include apologetics in our regular rotation of teaching as youth workers. However, it can be tough to know where to start. Below is a list of apologetics resources that I’ve made use of over the years. It’s certainly not a complete list, but simply the resources I think would be most helpful for youth workers. If there are some you’ve found useful that aren’t listed, please leave a comment to tell others about additional resources.
Resources for youth workers wanting to learn more about apologetics
Know Why You Believe by Paul Little. This is probably the best ground-level book on apologetics I’ve ever read. If you’ve never before studied apologetics, start with this book. You can also read my short review of the book here.
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel. Probably the most important area of apologetics is showing that Jesus is who the Bible says he is, and that he came to Earth as God in the flesh, that he died for our sins on the cross and rose again three days later. This book gives evidence for those things in (mostly) plain language.
Christian Apologetics: A Comprehensive Case for Biblical Faith by Doug Groothuis. This one’s not for the faint of heart at over 750 dense pages. But if you want to really dig into apologetics, this book needs to be on your shelf and marked up on a regular basis.
Veritas Forum (www.veritas.org). This website has hundreds of great in-depth talks and debates held on college campuses. If you’ve got an hour or so and you want to learn about a particular topic (such as whether the gospels are historically accurate), just search for your topic and pull up the audio or video.
Helpful websites for leaders and students
Veritas Forum (I know, it’s already listed, but it’s worth mentioning again).
bethinking.org. This is a great website with tons of articles and videos on just about every area of Christian apologetics. The best part is the resources are divided into three categories: introductory, intermediate, and advanced, so students and leaders can start where they feel comfortable, and go deeper when they’re ready.
TrueU DVD Curriculum. So far TrueU has two sets of curricula, Does God Exist? and Is the Bible Reliable? These are more for older high school students, but in general, this should be used with students who want to learn because of the high level of material. Essentially, each session is a 30-45 minute college-level lecture, but it is anything but boring. Two of our small groups have used TrueU and really enjoyed it.
Note: TrueU is the only apologetics curriculum I’ve used, so I can’t speak to any other teaching resources. Generally, when I teach on apologetics I write my own lessons. If you’ve used any resources with students that have worked well, I’d love to know about them.
Question: What resources would you recommend to youth workers desiring to teach students apologetics?