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May 2, 2014 / BTM

$ummer Training for Teens

Teenagers Smiling in Group HugSummer is almost upon us (really!) and summer is the perfect time to dig into resources to help your teen understand his or her faith at a deeper level.

I strongly recommend finding out what questions your teen already has about God and Christianity, or what they think the biggest challenges are to the Christian faith, and spending time this summer investigating answers to those questions.

Here are some ideas for you to consider, and a very unique approach that we came across to achieve this.

Is your summer feeling full enough as it is? 

Scott Klusendorf offers a unique idea on how to find time and motivation to learn important information and evidence for the Christian faith:

Two summers ago, I paid my two oldest sons – ages sixteen and fifteen at the time – to study apologetics with me instead of getting summer jobs.   I had them read books on Christian doctrine (lay-level), apologetics, and prolife advocacy.   Some people thought I was nuts, but it made perfect sense to me.   Parents have no problem shelling out up to twenty-five thousand dollars per year to send their kids to universities where Christianity is openly attacked, so why trouble myself over a fraction of that so my kids can have their beliefs affirmed?”  (taken from The Case for Life).

If your children are of a suitable age, I challenge you to seriously consider this idea to help ensure that they are properly trained to advocate for and defend our Lord in this secular world.

Where do you start?

I think every Christian teen should have been exposed to several topics in order to navigate secular society with their faith in tact:

Relativism

Science and faith

How the Bible was written and handed down to us

Christian worldview, including how there can be evil if God exists

Critical thinking

  • Going through a basic resource such as Stand to Reasons’ Tactics is a must for all teens.

Prolife apologetics

  • Scott Klusendorf’s Case for Life is the best resource I’ve come across to answer this question.

If you are looking for more, or to go deeper, check out these resource lists

Don’t get overwhelmed, just start somewhere – preferably on topics that currently challenge your kids – and you’ll be amazed at where you end up!

Do you have any other suggestions?

Photo credit: Microsoft

 

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