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Raising Your Kids to Defend Their Faith video series

Video 1:
The Importance of Apologetics

In video one, Natasha Crain encourages parents to learn about the truths of Christianity and how to answer common questions about the faith. It may seem intimidating at first, and it will take some time and practice, but if you ask God to guide you, the Holy Spirit will be with you as you learn. Once you get started, you’ll feel encouraged that your children trust you as the primary shaper of their faith.

 

Key takeaways from this episode:

  • God has given parents the privilege and responsibility of helping children learn, understand and grow in the Christian faith and in a personal relationship with Jesus.

  • Be encouraged! This video series is designed to be a resource to help you get started in learning more about apologetics. Along the way, we’ll point you to helpful tools to deepen your understanding.


Read and meditate on this Scripture:

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
– 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)


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// Articles on building a robust faith in your child

Read Natasha’s article 4 challenges to your child’s faith and how you can counter them

Read the article Building lasting faith in kids: Proven ideas from Sticky Faith research

Browse our series page Nurturing your child’s faith for loads of ideas on sharing your faith with your kids, including how to deal with their doubts.

// Resource suggestions

Natasha Crain’s book Talking With Your Kids About God will equip you to discuss questions like Do science and religion contradict each other? Why does God seem so harsh in the Old Testament? How do we know God hears our prayers?

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Talking With Your Kids About Jesus equips you for essential conversations about the truth of Jesus’ identity, miracles, teachings, death and resurrection.

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Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side from Natasha Crain helps you deal with 40 challenging questions like Don’t all religions point to the same truth? Can we trust the Bible’s authors? What facts support the resurrection?

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Video 2: Exposing Your Kids to Other Ideas

In the second video, Natasha Crain explains how Christian parents can embrace the fact that they don’t always have immediate answers and may have their own doubts. Watch below as Natasha shows parents how to press forward through their own doubts or uncertainties.

 

Key takeaways from this episode:

  • Your children can mature in their faith by learning why secular values and ideas conflict with God’s Word and how Christians can offer biblical responses to challenges to the faith.

  • Doubts and questioning can be healthy if they lead to searching the Scriptures. Talk openly about the difficult aspects of following Jesus and seek answers together. As your kids grow older and have their own questions, you’ll be a safe and reliable source for answers.

  • As a mom or dad, you ought to encourage your children to make the Christian faith their own, not just because you believe it.

 
Read and meditate on this Scripture:

In your hearts, honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.”
– 1 Peter 3:15 (ESV)


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// Articles and broadcasts

Read Natasha Crain’s article Teach kids how to defend their faith

Read Natasha Crain’s 10 tips for having deeper faith conversations with your kids

Read the article When your child doubts the existence of God

// Resource suggestions

Written in kid-friendly language Case for Faith for Kids addresses questions like Do all religions lead to God? Why does God allow bad things to happen? Can you have doubts and still be a Christian? Ages 8+

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Case for a Creator for Kids explores advances in our understanding of cosmology, physics and DNA to answer kids’ questions about creation: How did the universe begin? Was everything created by chance? How can we know? Ages 8+

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TrueU DVD series: Reassure your senior high or university student with compelling arguments for faith from history, philosophy, cosmology and biology. Titles in the series include Does God Exist?, Is the Bible Reliable? And Who Is Jesus?

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Video 3: Know Whose Voices You Are Listening To

An atheist might ask, “If God exists, why doesn’t He write something in the sky to help us know who He is?” or “Where did the universe come from?” But our faith isn’t a blind leap in the dark. In video 3, Natasha Crain shows parents how to approach this and similar types of questions from their children. Knowing the answers to these questions – and where and how we got the Bible – will help you point to objective evidence outside your personal experience with God.


 

Key takeaways from this episode:

  • Your personal testimony is important. But you can’t export your faith to someone else. You need objective evidence outside of your faith experience to help someone else seek the truth.

  • A good place to start is Scripture. Parents should teach their children where the Bible came from and why we can trust it as true. Bible stories or songs don’t answer challenges to history, accuracy and authority.

  • Point kids to the evidence we have in the physical universe and on earth, then ask good questions, including “What’s the best explanation for these things?”


    Read and meditate on this Scripture:
     

“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”
- Romans 1:19-20 (ESV)


Get help from some related resources

// Articles and broadcasts

Hear more from Natasha Crain on the broadcast Answering your kids’ tough faith questions

Browse our series page on Apologetics to build your own background knowledge

// Resource suggestions

For parents of kids ages 8 to 18, The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask About Christianity from apologist Alex McFarland equips you to answer your kids’ questions about God, Jesus, the Bible and the problem of evil.

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Forensic Faith for Kids teaches kids to think like a detective to solve a case, in the process equipping them with skills that help them navigate tough questions about faith in Jesus. Ages 8+

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It Couldn’t Just Happen offers kids biblical answers to their questions about evolution, providing fun activities and fascinating examples of how God sustains the universe. Ages 7+

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Video 4: The Most Critical Question

Natasha Crain points out ways moms and dads can help their kids connect with God and keep communication lines open. When doubts creep in, don’t panic. Ask questions and keep praying.

 
Key takeaways from this episode:

  • If your kids express doubts about the Christian faith, acknowledge that trusting in an unseen God can be difficult. It’s not like relating to friends at school.

  • But God does give us ways to know Him. Show them how God speaks to you through His Word, through prayer, through other believers, and through serving.

  • If you are feeling desperate because your children are getting older and don’t seem to have any interest in God, remember to pray and keep the relationship lines open. Ask them questions. Tell them you want to hear their objections or doubts and understand their point of view. Keep the relationship open by interacting with them.


Read and meditate on this Scripture:

Look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
– 2 Corinthians 4:18 (ESV)

 
Get help from some related resources

// Articles and broadcasts

Read the article Parenting your teen as they wrestle with their faith

Read the article Steering your young adult back to faith

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// Resource suggestions

It's Not Too Late helps parents get past feelings of inadequacy by demonstrating how much teens still need their parents’ love and spiritual guidance. Dan Dupee also shows how you, as a parent, can offer that guidance and help your teen embrace a vibrant faith of their own.

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 Abandoned Faith reveals what matters to today’s young adults and why many of them struggle to believe. It also gives hope-filled guidance to parents and church leaders on how to win millennials back to the Lord.

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Evidence That Demands a Verdict presents the truths that transformed Josh McDowell from an agnostic to a committed believer. Topics covered include the reliability of the Bible, the deity of Jesus, historical and archaeological evidence that supports the Bible and more.

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