For over ten years, our Bethinking resources have been equipping students to defend their faith and hold out the truth, relevance and goodness of the gospel.
Faced with ever-increasing challenges, we’re not standing still.
This year, we’ve been building on this foundation and investing in the students of the future by producing new resources aimed at 14-18 year olds.
‘As a Physics student at university, I used the Bethinking resources to try and keep up to speed with apologetics issues outside of the sciences – being able to choose a level of difficulty for each resource was very useful! Now, as a science teacher, I’m really pleased to see the new Youth section; I will definitely be pointing my pupils in that direction whenever “God questions” come up in the lab – something which is happening more and more.’
David Hutchings, secondary school science teacher
Christian teenagers are growing up in a culture where biblical Christianity is more and more alien. People don’t hold the same basic assumptions about God, the Bible, sin and the gospel anymore. This means that it is not only harder to stand firm as a Christian, it’s also harder to effectively communicate the gospel.
That’s why we’re producing these new resources. We want to see young people equipped to speak confidently and winsomely about Jesus. Equipping them at school means they will arrive at university better able to hold out the gospel and give an answer for their faith.
Our resources don’t provide young people with easy answers – we want more than that. Easy answers won’t work in a culture where Christianity is seen as irrelevant. Instead we want to see Christians capable of asking tough questions as well as answering them. So our series called ‘My Teacher Says…’ invites teens to ask thoughtful, respectful questions that make their teachers (and others) think about the assumptions behind common objections. In other articles we explore foundational ideas such as world views, which are key to understanding and engaging with non-Christians. Laying this foundation while at school will mean being better equipped for the challenges of our secular universities.
It’s been encouraging to see the enthusiasm and support for this new initiative from parents, youth workers, teachers and church leaders. One secondary school science teacher said, ‘I’m really pleased to see the new youth section; I will definitely be pointing my pupils in that direction whenever “God questions” come up in the lab – something which is happening more and more.’
These resources are for you to use. Why not pass them on to your youth worker, or share them with your own teenage children or grandchildren? Find them at www.bethinking.org/youth.