Christian Apologetics 101 Curriculum

A 12 Week Study of What We Believe, and Why

Are you prepared to give the reasons for your faith, as commanded by the Lord?

There are many reasons we need to get prepared to defend our faith…

We are clearly instructed to – it is an act of obedience. We are also to help others who are struggling with doubts, while at the same time strengthening our own faith.

Take a look at some of the prevalent issues challenging Christianity these days – are you prepared to address them? Is your Church? Are your Children?

 

“…ALWAYS be prepared to give a reason for the hope that you have…” 1 Peter 3:15

Can You Explain to Others Why Are You A Christian?

Will You Help Others Understand Why They Should Be Too?  

Despite growing up in the faith, I always had hard questions that went unanswered. I slowly began to accept the premise that I had to ‘shut off my brain’ as I went into church.  

But instead of withdrawing or giving up, I discovered the field of Christian Apologetics – the Defenses of the Faith – and found my faith strengthened!  

I also discovered that there are many other Christians who were like me – some looking for a way to integrate our body, soul, AND mind!  

This is why we created Christian Apologetics 101 – to contribute to the Kingdom by helping bring confidence to Faith!  

The key is active and directed preparation and study – it is a part of our spiritual development and maturity. And this is precisely the goal of Renew-Your-Mind.org and Christian Apologetics 101 – to begin a study of what we believe and why we believe it, and get prepared for the questions.  

The Lord told us: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38  

Why We Study Apologetics

  • Apologetics Strengthens Our Faith – We all have doubts from time to time. And, we all get questions, some which we can’t readily answer. Apologetics helps us understand the reasons that we believe, and gives us a confident faith…
  • Apologetics Strengthens My Brother’s Faith– We are all ministers of some kind – even if it’s just to our kids! When someone asks a question, and they really, really want an answer, apologetics gets us ready…
  • Apologetics Clears The Way For Evangelism – Many just can’t make the leap of faith when there are too many ‘things that don’t make sense’. Some even discard their faith when they cannot reconcile belief with their current understanding of things. Apologetics helps us clarify belief with those who are seriously seeking…
  • Apologetics Shapes The Culture– Christians are called to be salt and light. One of our purposes as Christians is to help a hurting world – and to tell people the Good News of grace and forgiveness, and order in the Universe. Apologetics helps give us a confidence to share, helps listeners clear their heads of doubt, and expands the Kingdom of God with the rational belief system that God intended.
  • “…it is not philosophy (or logic), but religious experience that propels anyone through the door. The appropriate apologetic is thus not an argument directly for the existence of God, but an argument for the rationality of forming beliefs on the basis of experience, including religious experience.” John Hick, Four Views of Salvation in a Pluralistic World. Pg 248 

The Apologetics 101 Curriculum

Apologetics 101 is a 12 week introductory course that can be studied individually, or as a group – in Bible Studies, Sunday School, or even as a Sunday Night Church group study.  

The study is arranged with the linear learning method in mind – the topics build upon each other, starting with an acknowledgement of the cultural attacks we can expect and culminating in why Christianity is the Only Rational Faith possible to answer our common spiritual dilemma. 

The Lord told us: “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16  

The Method of Study

Before each class, the participant will read a 4-5 page overview of the current week’s material. Then, the leader will present a previously formatted PowerPoint presentation that builds upon the reading material – not merely reiterating what was read, but elaborating and expanding upon it.  

Each week’s lesson has a summary of the information provided, as well as thought provoking questions to ponder and to discuss in class. In addition, there is a wealth of recommendations, books and web-based, for further reference. Below is just an example of one of the reading curriculum, as well as an example of the PowerPoint presentation available (both examples in .pdf format – If you need a copy of the pdf application, you can download it free from the Adobe website here.)  

So – with this material, you do NOT need to be an expert apologist to lead the discussion! The reading material gives a great summary overview of the information, and the Leader’s PowerPoint Presentation helps lead the class discussion. In addition, the Leader’s PowerPoint Presentation provides a basic outline recommendation for class, and general talking points. Then, to prepare before or review after class, the recommended reference material is available on-line for further exploration. And to top off the learning experience, the on-line Dialogue Rooms are available to explore the thoughts of other students and leaders who are also taking or leading the class.  

And of course, if you already have an idea of the basics of Christian Apologetics, these materials can be the launching off point for your own tailored class – just consider the materials a head-start (like having your preparation work already done for you!)  

The Apologetics 101 Study

You will receive two items delivered to you electronically – a student curriculum, and a teachers powerpoint.

Both are available to you IMMEDIATELY via electronic download after purchase.

Check out this video to see examples of each, as well as suggested methods of instruction…

…ALWAYS be prepared…


Let’s Look At What You’ll Study

  • Lesson One: Cultural Trends We will understand that non-believers ‘think’ differently than believers, and that we must learn to understand the culture, so that we can influence the culture. We must not accept the ‘rules of engagement’ placed upon us by the culture, but we must understand how the culture views Christianity. We must learn to have a confident faith in Jesus.  
  • Lesson Two: Apologetics Defined The defense of the faith is a Biblical command. Christians must be prepared to explain what they believe and why they believe it, with gentleness and respect. There are ‘proofs’ given by God evident throughout the Bible. A mature and solid Faith is a living, breathing way of life, based upon warrant and choice.
  • Lesson Three: Internal Evidences We can have reliable knowledge, internally. One of these internal knowledge items we have is our religions instinct—and it is universal. Our religious instinct causes us to look beyond ourselves and our world for answers. Christianity provides a Special Revelation that adequately answers the questions we seek from the General Revelation. Christianity confirms that God placed these desires inside us, so we would seek Him out.
  • Lesson Four: The Existence Of God It is logical to believe in a Creator God; It is practical to believe in a Personal God; It is popular to believe in God; The alternative to belief in God is un-livable. The inevitable conclusion is: A Belief In God Is Warranted
  • Lesson Five: Evidences For The Bible The Bible is unique among all ‘religious’ documents in all of history. It is heavily documented and very reliable. The Bible would pass legal requirement scrutiny. There are internal predictions and fulfillments that help prove its divine inspiration. All this evidence gives us warrant to accept what the Bible says as true.
  • Lesson Six: Jesus Christ There is credible documentation of the world looking for a ‘messiah’ for over a thousand years. The criteria for recognizing this messiah are clear. Jesus of Nazareth fits these criteria perfectly. His resurrection is the most profound event in human history. Conclusion: Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ.
  • Lesson Seven: Christian Doctrine Overview There are a few non-negotiable doctrines that are required for one to be included in traditional Christian Orthodoxy. However, there are many ‘intramural’ debates regarding Doctrinal issues. Therefore, a Christian must understand Christian Orthodox doctrine to know what to defend and proclaim, and to be obedient to our Lord.  
  • Lesson Eight: Christianity Is Unique Christianity is unique in its ‘direction’ (God pursuing man). We are saved by grace, through faith. Christian maturity is evidenced in obedience and love. A mature Christian will stand apart within the world. Summary: A Christian is free to obey out of thankfulness for Grace, instead of coerced to obey out of fear.  
  • Lesson Nine: Comparisons To Other Worldviews When either considering or contrasting different worldviews, one must understand the ‘essential requirements’. Many of the non-Christian worldviews are dis-similar to Christianity in common ways. Only Christianity provides a livable, non-compartmentalized worldview.  
  • Lesson Ten: The Difficulty In ‘Not Believing’ Christians should not assume that the Christian Worldview is the only Worldview subject to scrutiny. For example, the difficulties of the Naturalistic worldview are severe and fatal; however many people do not understand these irrationalities. In fact, when one considers all the questions, Christianity is the only faith system left standing!  
  • Lesson Eleven: Evangelism One of the main purposes of a study in Apologetics is to prepare the Christian for witness. There are many considerations to understand when witnessing, and many techniques to understand which will help the Christian utilize his personal gifts for the use of the Kingdom.
  • Lesson Twelve: Humble Apologetics While a Christian is required to provide a defense of the faith, she is required to project love and concern through humility and respect. A thorough understanding of the culture and its needs is necessary. Current event apologetics is one means of engaging our world with items of relevance and interest.  

Method of Delivery

The Apologetics 101 curriculum is available to you in electronic form; in Microsoft PowerPoint for the teaching presentations, and a .pdf file for the student curriculum.  

The files are made available to you for immediate download – you will NOT be receiving a hard copy – they are all available for immediate download!  

“Taking this class has helped me understand the things that I have wondered about since I was a kid…” Nancy M.

“…I was close to giving it all up. Then Apologetics 101 gave me answers to questions that have been nagging in my head for years…” Wesley L.  

“Mike is the best teacher I’ve heard in years. He really knows how to explain subjects
clearly and relate Theology to our daily lives. We can’t wait to begin studying his Apologetics curriculum in our Church.” Ron W.

  

PREMIUM BONUS – Answers to the TOP TEN Questions About Christianity

All of us have had serious questions about the Faith. We’ve included what we’ve experienced are the ‘TOP TEN’ Questions about Christianity. Here they are:  

  • The Origin of God – Where did God come from?
  • The Trinity – Isn’t the Trinity a contradiction?
  • Biblical Contradictions – Isn’t the Bible invalid because it is full of contradictions?’
  • Hell – How could God send people to Hell for eternity?
  • Christian Exclusivity – Aren’t Christians arrogant and intolerant to claim that Christ is the only way to God?
  • Miracles – Can modern man believe in miracles?
  • Christianity as a Crutch – Isn’t Christianity just a crutch for weak-minded people?
  • Fate of the Heathen – What about those who never hear the gospel – are they lost forever?
  • I’m Good Enough – Can’t I make it to heaven if I’m just ‘good enough?”
  • The Problem of Evil – If God created everything, and evil exists, did He create it? Isn’t this a logical problem for Christianity?
The Top 10 Questions of the Christian Faith

This resource also comes to you in PowerPoint form, for you to use in presentation in class.

You will also be provided notes to study and use in your learning and in your ministry…

It is also available to you IMMEDIATELY via electronic download after purchase.

Check out this video to see exactly what the PowerPoint looks like…

…ALWAYS be prepared…

The TOP 10 package also comes as a PowerPoint file for the class leader to present for discussion during class. It is provided to you FREE for your use…  

Here’s How To Order

The total TEACHER’S PACKAGE, which includes the Student Curriculum and the Teacher’s PowerPoint is available for only $34.98! You also get the Top 10 Questions of the Christian Faith PowerPoint FREE!
 
 

For INSTANT DOWNLOAD just click the “Buy Now” Button below… 

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Just for Fun, Check Out Apologetics In Action, By A Pro…

Here’s an example of Apologetics in action, practiced by a Pro…

Dr William Lane Craig, with gentleness and respect, dismantles the Naturalism arguments presented by Dr Peter Atkins…

This is what Apologetics is all about – a strong faith, known well, and expressed clearly and kindly, while recognizing and correcting error…

The Apologetics 101 Curriculum is specifically designed to help us begin the preparations needed to understand our faith, recognize error, and defend our faith…

Here’s How To Order

The total TEACHER’S PACKAGE, which includes the Student Curriculum and the Teacher’s PowerPoint is available for only $34.98! You also get the Top 10 Questions of the Christian Faith PowerPoint FREE!

For INSTANT DOWNLOAD just click the “Buy Now” Button below…

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