DEFENDING THE TRUTH
Know: We can stand firm in God’s Word, defending its truth with good reason.
Think: Live with the assurance that God’s Word can handle any challenge or attempt to disqualify its credibility.
Do: Use credible evidences to defend the truth of God’s Word.
READ: LISTEN TO GOD
Read Philippians 1:27-30; 1 Peter 3:15; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; Jude 3. Our culture is increasingly skeptical day by day. In many cases, it is becoming more difficult to be an intentional Christian, willing to stand for truth. We should not be surprised by these challenges though. Jesus warned his followers that we would be persecuted for His name’s sake. He warned that we would have troubles in this world, but He has overcome this world. Therefore, we should take heart, stand for truth, defend the truth, and advance the gospel.
PRAY: TALK TO GOD
Answer skeptics with evidence of the truth of God’s Word. Pray that you and your family will own your faith and be able to give an answer for the hope that you have in Christ.
DO: WALK WITH GOD
Option 1: There are many people who do not believe in God, so it is important for Christians to know how to defend their faith. When unbelievers ask questions, Christians need to be the ones with the answers. Help your child come up with some talking points for when others might question the Bible. Research some historical discoveries that support Scripture, and talk about the consistency of the Scripture. Continue to encourage him in his daily devotions because the more he knows the Bible, the better he can defend and communicate it. You can even role play a discussion about the Bible that she might have at school with a friend.
Option 2: Ask your family to share some examples of things that require a good defense. (Sports require defense in order to excel or win. Attorneys develop a defense in an attempt to win in a courtroom. An army strategizes to defend a territory. Law enforcement defends law-abiding citizens from criminals. Etc.) Follow up with a question: What do all of these examples have in common? (They all build a defense to protect something valuable.)
Today your child learned The Bible Is God’s Word, and it is for everyone. God wants everyone to be able to read His Word and learn from it. Paul shared God’s Word with those He met, and we can too. He or she learned we can tell others what we have learned from God’s Word, the Bible.
Today your student learned he or she can always trust God’s Word. He or she was challenged to keep studying and trusting in God’s Word, relying on the Holy Spirit to guide him or her into truth. Your student was encouraged to be honest when he or she doesn’t understand something in God’s Word and to ask older, spiritually mature Christians for help in understanding it.
Today’s focus for your teen’s class was on defending the truth. While 1 Peter 3:15 tells Christians to be ready to give an answer to those who question their faith, it also reminds us to answer with gentleness and respect. There are some great debates about Christianity’s foundational truth on YouTube. Test the arguments, if you watch them, but also test the debaters. Do they measure up on the requirement for gentleness and respect?