About this site
This website provides all that you need to start your own apologetics small group to train and equip Christians in your church.
These resources will help local church leaders train Christians to know how to defend their faith. Every Christian should be ready to give reasons to everyone who asks them to give an account for their Christian faith.
The Need for Apologetics -
Why young people are leaving the church
Although the above video is geared to an American context there is a carryover in the Australian context. I'm sure that the research sited below has traction for other Western countries also.
Research has emerged in recent years as to why people - especially young Christians – are leaving the church. A recent Gallup Poll in the US revealed why people forsake Christianity and become agnostics, atheists or begin to adhere to some vague spiritual belief. The answers they found were nothing short of shocking. According to this poll, there were two main reasons why people are leaving the church:
1. They had questions about the Christian Faith that they were afraid to ask and therefore their questions remained unanswered. They considered that it was not safe to ask such questions for fear of being ostracized.
2. When people did ask their questions about the Christian faith, they were either ignored or they were given very inadequate and unsatisfactory answers.
Both of the groups represented concluded that Christianity isn’t true because it doesn’t have adequate answers to the questions that are important to them.
The Barna Group found that one reason why young people are leaving the church is that they felt a tension, even antagonism, between Christianity and science. In his book, "You Lost Me: Why Young Christians are Leaving Church and Rethinking Church," David Kinnaman of the Barna Group writes about young Christians who believe the church has failed them:
"A generation of young Christians believes that the churches in which they were raised are not safe and hospitable places to express doubts. Many feel that they have been offered slick or half-baked answers to their thorny, honest questions, and they are rejecting the “talking heads” and “talking points” they see among the older generations."*
The Barna Group 2011 research provides the following statistics on why young people feel disconnected from church:
- 35% say that Christians are too confident that they know all the answers,
- 29% of young adults with a Christian background feel that ‘churches are out of step with the scientific world we live in,’ and
- 25% embrace the perception that Christianity is anti-science.
These findings touch on the area of apologetics and underline the need for local churches to address this pressing problem.
The ASG program gives answers and prepares Christians for life beyond their youth group.
* David Kinnaman, You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church, and Rethinking Faith, (Grand Rapids, Ill: Baker Books, 2012), page 11.
And there are videos:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jitHsBPGtUY
For the David Kinnaman article:- www.barna.org/barna-update/millennials/528-six-reasons-young-christians-leave-church#.V4KtXJMrJmA
The deepest truths are driven home in my life when I take them into the sanctuary of god's presence. Alone with him, apart from the world, the most profound truths take root in my life. Taken into prayer, ideas become real, life-changing, dynamic. Then, and only then, they change my life.
At the end of his short but profound book Your Mind Matters, John Stott captured these sentiments in the form of a prayer:
"I pray earnestly that god will raise up today a new generation of Christian apologists or Christian communicators, who will combine an absolute loyalty to the biblical gospel and an unwavering confidence in the power of the Spirit with a deep and sensitive understanding of the contemporary alternatives to the gospel; who will relate the one to the other with freshness, pungency, authority and relevance; and who will use their minds to reach other minds for Christ."
About the author
preacher with Barrenjoey Anglican Churches, Sydney Australia and teaching elder (emeritus) at SIBC Seoul, South Korea.
B.Th. (ACT, Australia)
M.App.Ling. (Macquarie University)
M.A. Christian Apologetics, (La Mirada, Los Angeles)
D.Min. Christian Apologetics - (Carey Theological College, UBC, Vancouver)
At the time of writing I am living in two cities, spending most of my time in my hometown of Sydney, Australia, and some months of the year in Seoul.
I have created this website and made my work available for you to use to start your own apologetics ministry in your church.
Being convinced that every church should have an apologetics program as a regular part of its weekly ministry, I am providing a tried and proven apologetics ministry for your church. All that you need is right here at ApologeticsSG.com.
After many years of living and working in Seoul, South Korea, working in my church, preaching and mission trips to the underground church in China, I am now spending more time ministering in the small Palm Beach War Memorial Church, Barrenjoey, Northern Beaches of Sydney.
During my time at SIBC I designed and managed this Apologetics Small Group (ASG) which equipped, motivated and emboldened believers to share and explain their faith with others.
I am convinced that in this 21st century, every local church needs to get serious about apologetics.
This ASG website is designed to be self-explanatory and DIY, but if you need help or advice, I can be contacted by email.
ApologeticsSG.com is a biblically-based, evangelical, ministry not affiliated with any denomination but helps all Bible-believing churches in the service of the Gospel.
The ASG mission is to serve the Gospel through its defence, that more people might find a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the incomparable blessings of a joyful life of service to Him.
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