Where Should a Young Person Seeking to Study the Faith Begin?

Brett helps young people know where to begin if they want to study Christianity and apologetics effectively.


0:00 If young people want to start studying

0:07 apologetics what areas should they focus

0:09 on? Let me give you four key areas. In

0:11 fact, I look at them as for key steps

0:14 that build upon one another to

0:16 eventually make a cumulative case. That

0:19 Christianity is true. Number one, young

0:21 people need a good grounding in truth.

0:23 They live in such a relativistic culture

0:26 that really affects them with

0:28 subjectivism and relativism that they

0:30 really need help building a strong

0:31 foundation of truth. They need to be able

0:34 to make the case that there is objective

0:35 truth. That we can we can know these

0:38 things and build that foundation. And

0:40 then the next question builds on that

0:42 and asks well okay, what's the truth then

0:46 about God's existence? Does God really

0:49 exists? And I think this is a really key

0:51 portion because it puts a foundation for

0:55 the next two steps and the next two

0:57 questions. So young people really need to

0:59 be able to say that they have faith in

1:04 a God who is reasonable. That there is

1:06 evidence that builds their faith. It's

1:09 not a blind leap of faith.

1:11 It's not just because the Bible says so,

1:13 but actually, there's a cumulative case

1:15 based on various arguments, based on

1:18 experience, based on divine revelation.

1:20 There's a cumulative case that makes a

1:23 very strong case for the existence of

1:26 God. Now once God is in place. Once you

1:28 have truth and God in place, then a young

1:31 person moves to the third

1:33 question and that is, can we detect God's

1:36 action? Right. That's what we call

1:38 miracles. And so a young person should

1:40 study the resurrection of Jesus. And

1:44 now we have an example of God reaching

1:47 in to time, space, history, and acting. And

1:51 we've been able to detect it. We have

1:53 historical evidence that verifies this.

1:56 And then the fourth question, is not only

1:59 does God act, but does God speak? And this

2:01 is where we get into divine revelation.

2:03 This is where we get into Scripture. And

2:05 why would we think that our claims on

2:09 Scripture are any different than a

2:11 Muslim's claim on

2:12 scripture or Mormons claim on scripture or

2:14 whoever it might be? And so we make the

2:16 case that number one, the Bible has been

2:19 accurately transmitted. Then number two,

2:22 we make the case that the Bible is

2:24 historically reliable. And then number

2:26 three, we make the case that the Bible is

2:29 actually divinely-inspired. And when we

2:32 do that, then we build confidence, that

2:34 God has not only acted in something like

2:36 the resurrection of Jesus, but he's also

2:38 spoken in the Bible; His Word. And we have

2:41 now a foundational authority. And I think

2:44 those four key areas are a great place

2:48 to start with your young people. If young

2:51 people start with those four areas, they

2:55 will build a solid apologetic foundation

2:58 for their faith.

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Brett Kunkle