“Always [be] prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you”
–1 Peter 3:15
Recently, we interviewed Ken Ham and he talked about the need for apologetics to be taught in the Sunday School room and in the church in general. We, here at Ministry to Children, want to aid in that. Therefore, we are going to begin a new section of teachings or articles. These are not lesson plans, but they can be aids to your lesson plans. Our prayer is that you will be able to use these in your lesson preparation and teaching time. We would like to begin this new section with an introduction to apologetics.
What is apologetics?
Good question! I can tell you that it is not where you go around apologizing for being a Christian. What I can tell you is that apologetics is derived from the Greek apologia which means “defense.” This word is used in the original Greek text in Acts 24:10 and 25:8 and 1 Peter 3:15.
The use of Apologetics
I would like to tell you upfront that the use of apologetics and extra-biblical research and findings should not be used to attempt to argue someone into faith in Christ Jesus. Rather, they can (and should) supplement one’s faith and provide answers to legitimate questions and concerns regarding the Christian faith and its historicity. No, only the Holy Spirit can guide someone to faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
What kind of information will be provided?
What we will be providing for you here at Ministry to Children are some resources and factual information to use when you are teaching. This information can vary from what we call manuscript evidence (comparing ancient writings of the Bible to each other and to other books throughout history), it can be archaeological evidence (this is something very tangible for the children), or it can be scientific information “discovered” by man and supported by the Bible. Finally, much of what we will offer will dabble in philosophical arguments. Do not fear! These will not be difficult and will help your children to critically analyze the Bible. After all, the Bible has withstood criticism and skepticism for over 2,000 years. We will begin with evidence for the authority of the Bible. We will be using the acronym M.A.P.S.