BHIM® has developed two six-hour apologetics seminars to prepare Christians to share Christ. These seminars focus on helping Christians understand their friends' questions about Christianity and know how to answer those questions with gentleness and respect. The following are comments from people who have participated in the seminars:
It has strengthened my walk with God by introducing me to greater understanding of how to communicate my faith with respect and love
This time has made me feel more comfortable about sharing (Christ) and has better prepared me to share Him with others.
I've learned how to ask the right questions and how to give the right answers to the questions I encounter when sharing Christ with others.
I have learned how to verify and justify my beliefs with logic and common sense rather than just feelings.
The seminar has helped me be more confident when sharing Christ.
Apologetics 101 has helped me to finally understand how I can share Christ with others without being defensive or attacking.
Contents of Christian Apologetics 101
Christian Apologetics 101 answers four key questions that today's Christians encounter:
How do you know there is a God?
How do you answer the claim that there are no moral absolutes?
How do you answer the claim that there is no such thing as absolute truth?
How do you share Christ with those of other world views?
Session One helps Christians to understand that they are here on earth by the divine will of God and that He has a purpose for their lives. Seminar participants are introduced to the concept of worldviews and taught to recognize the major world views they encounter today. The session closes by helping participants understand what apologetics is and its importance in sharing Christ today.
Session Two discusses the three levels of philosophy participants encounter in their cultures every day. Drawing from the works of modern Christian apologists Ravi Zacharias, this session teaches how to dialogue with non-Christian friends. The session also shows how to answer the claim that all morals are relative.
Session Three prepares participants to answer the claim that all religions are equally true. They are introduced to three of Thomas Aquinas' First Principles of Knowledge (Identity, Non-contradiction, and Causality) and shown what happens when these principles are ignored or denied, as they so often are today.
Session Four answers the question, "How do you know there is a God?"
Session Five and Six help the participants understand the major worldviews they encounter today and know how to share Christ with the followers of these worldviews. The uniqueness of the Christian faith is emphasized.
Contents of Christian Apologetics 201
Christian Apologetics 201 answers two key questions frequently encountered by Christians: If there is an all-powerful and all-loving God, why is there so much evil and suffering? How do you know the Bible is the Word of God?
Session One is a general introduction to evil and suffering. In this session, participants are given clear definitions of evil and suffering, are introduced to the categories of evil and suffering, and are shown what the major worldviews teach about evil and suffering.
Session Two is designed to help Christians understand the major challenges they encounter when discussing evil and suffering with non-Christians. This session also deals with evil and suffering in nature and illustrates how God has put limits on evil and suffering.
Session Three explains how the Bible teaches the Christian to deal with evil and suffering. Evil and suffering are examined in the light of the book of Job, the life and teachings of Christ, and the life and writings of Paul.
Sessions Four and Five answer the question, "How do I know the Bible is the Word of God?" Session Four explains what Jesus teaches about the Bible, answers two common challenges to the reliability of the New Testament, and discusses both early Christian and non-Christian references to the New Testament. Session Five compares the New Testament manuscripts to other manuscripts from the ancient world. Ten major New Testament manuscripts, their contents, dates and current locations are discussed. Participants are shown how to answer the challenge that the Bible is not the Word of God.
Session Six teaches seminar participants how to study the Bible. This session clearly explains the value of the Bible, illustrates seven key approaches to the study of the Bible, and challenges Christians to memorize key Biblical verses and passages.
How to have an Apologetics 101 or 201 Seminar Seminars are usually held on college campuses or in churches. If you are interested in sponsoring a seminar on your campus or at your church, contact BHIM®.
Apologetics Notebook Each person who attends an Apologetics 101 or 201 seminar receives a notebook. These notebooks are excellent reference pieces for continuing to study after the seminar.