Teaching Apologetics Is A Priority in Our HomeschoolI picked up Already Gone by Ken Ham & Britt Beemer after a conference a few years ago. In this book, Ken and Britt uncover the reasons why young people are loosing their faith, even while attending Sunday school. I’ve read it a few times over the years and the statistics are eye-opening. In the last three years, I’ve seen a rapid increase in the number of kids we once knew as good church kids, walk away from the church and from Christ. This realization, prompted me to be more intentional about preparing my girls to defend their faith in the event it would ever be questioned. I formally introduced apologetics in our homeschool this spring.
How I Teach Apologetics and How You Can TooWe spend a dedicated 30 to 45 minutes twice a week discussing topics like the reliability of the Bible, a literal 6 day creation, the existence of God, absolute truth, etc. We start our time with prayer, followed by a quick introduction the video clip we will be discussing. Our curricula consists of YouTube videos of debates, free educational videos from Biola University, and of course our Bibles. Here are six steps to help you incorporate apologetics at home, using free online video:
- Pray for the Lord to provide wisdom, understanding and to lead the discussion with your children.
- Decide which section and how much, of the video selection you will discuss. I try to limit it to no longer than 15 minutes, in order to allow for a longer discussion time.
- Prepare follow questions based on the video selection. For example, if you’re discussing the reliability of the Bible, you can ask your child “How would you respond to someone who says the Bible has no authority over their life?”.
- Prepare a Bible passage that addresses the topic you will discuss. For example 2 Timothy 3:16 and 2 Peter 1:20 & 21, apply if you’re discussing the reliability of the Bible. Read the passage together before you begin. Remember to keep Christ at the center of it all.
- Watch the video selection with your kids and stop to explain terms or doctrines if necessary.
- Discuss the section, answer any questions they might have and ask the questions you prepared.
- If your child asks a question you don’t know the answer to, it’s ok to admit you don’t know it. Write it down, talk to your Pastor and share their answer with your child.