"Strengthen Your Faith" Lessons
Valuable, Versatile, and Practical
This is a critical time to strengthen your faith and strengthen the faith of others. These lessons will help you do that. The versatile lessons can be used in a variety of ways. They are provided to Christian CAMPS (high school and college) for FREE, and they are ideal for other settings as well (e.g., church classes, youth groups, small groups, campus ministries, home schools, Christian schools, families). They can even be used for self-instruction. They cover a wide range of relevant topics to strengthen your faith in a complex world.
- Designed to strengthen the faith of Christian believers and help them be more effective Christian witnesses.
- Great for camps, high school youth group, Sunday school, small groups, campus ministries, and families.
- Each lesson is independent, so choose whichever ones you want in whatever order you want.
- Versatile lessons created for (1) TEACHERS or (2) STUDENTS for self-instruction.
- Because of the outline format, many lessons can be used for more than one teaching session.
- Everything is easily downloadable!
Each lesson provides EVERYTHING YOU NEED
- Detailed lesson outlines for teachers. (“Hidden text” notes in Microsoft Word provide detailed explanations and answers for the fill-in blanks. PDF’s with, and without, hidden text are also provided.)
- Student outlines with fill-in blanks.
- Links to online videos and other resources.
- Questions for group discussion or personal reflection (along with suggested responses in hidden text!).
For Teaching or Self-Instruction
- TEACHERS: This is a complete preparation and presentation resource. The hidden text in Microsoft Word offers ALL YOU NEED to prepare and present a lesson. Simply print a lesson without the hidden text to use as a student handout. For convenience, PDF’s with, and without, the hidden text are also included.
- SELF-INSTRUCTION: Just go through the lessons yourself (or maybe with a few friends or family), learn what you can from the outline and the hidden text explanations, watch the recommended videos, jot down responses to questions in the outline, try some learning activities, and answer some questions in the Discussion & Reflection Guide.
- The lesson writers are Dr. Richard Knopp (BA, MA, MDiv, PhD) and Dr. Zach Breitenbach (BS, MBA, MA, PhD). They are experts and experienced teachers in the fields of theology, philosophy, and apologetics.
Sample Lesson (WITHOUT hidden text)Sample Lesson (WITH hidden text)
of Christian youth have serious doubts about their faith (Fuller Youth Institute).
of churched youth become disconnected from church in their 20s (Kinnaman, Faith in Exile).
of teens (Gen Z) want factual evidence to support their beliefs (Barna, 2018).
of teens (Gen Z) agree that many religions can lead to eternal life and that there is no 'one true religion' (Barna, 2018).
"Strengthen Your Faith" Lessons
This lesson introduces Christian apologetics and its primary objectives. It discusses some critical attitudes to have when doing apologetics, shows how apologetics is commanded in the Bible, and examines three basic strategies for doing apologetics.
This lesson explores the nature of doubt, emphasizing that doubt is not the same as disbelief. It examines some cases of biblical heroes of the faith who doubted, noting lessons that can be learned from these examples. It discusses the benefits and dangers of doubt and emphasizes that it is possible to have a strong faith and still have some doubts.
This lesson identifies different types of doubt and briefly considers how one might respond to each type of doubt. It also stresses the importance of putting the significance of one’s doubts into proper perspective.
This lesson examines the concept of emotional doubt and proposes a biblical and practical approach to dealing with it. It also offers specific suggestions for responding well to THREE common emotional struggles that people have with God: (1) Am I really saved? (2) Why is God so silent? (3) How can I know I’m doing God’s will? (This lesson could easily be expanded into several different lessons if desired.)
This lesson aims to show how Christianity meets our deepest human needs. It identifies a short list of the deepest needs that humans possess and contends that Christianity satisfies these needs better than other prominent worldviews (e.g. Atheism, Pantheism, Deism). The lesson includes a fill-in table activity.
This lesson examines how major religions and worldviews think about God and how their conceptions of God differ from the Christian conception. It then explores the key attributes of the Christian God, showing how they are both biblical and reasonable. Along the way, it also responds to some objections or misconceptions raised against the Christian God.
This lesson provides an overview of the Kalam cosmological argument for God’s existence–an argument that claims the universe began to exist and must have been caused to exist by a Being who sounds a lot like the God of the Bible. It briefly discusses the strong scientific evidence that the universe began to exist and shows how this points to God.
This lesson examines how there is information behind life (contained in DNA) that is incredibly complex and points to an intelligent designer. It also points out how numerous factors are incredibly fine-tuned to allow life to exist anywhere in the universe and how this points to an intelligent designer–an intelligence who sounds a lot like the God of the Bible.
This lesson briefly introduces the strategy of using moral arguments for God’s existence. It then focuses on one specific moral argument–a famous one often used by William Lane Craig. It summarizes and briefly defends Craig’s moral argument for the existence of God. (C. S. Lewis also used a moral argument for God’s existence, which was a key consideration in Lewis’s conversion to Christianity.)
This lesson draws many insights from Greg Koukl’s book Tactics. It examines how to be an effective ambassador for Christ and why you should ask lots of questions when sharing your faith. It discusses the value of recognizing the need to diagnose and target an unbeliever’s specific barriers to faith in Christ when witnessing, and it helps you to detect and kindly correct some common errors that unbelievers make when objecting to Christianity.
This lesson shows how we can trust the Bible. It addresses: how we can be confident that the right books were included in the Bible; how we can know what the New Testament books originally said even though we only have copies of these books and not the originals; and how we can respond to the claim that the New Testament is filled with contradictions.
This lesson addresses the most common objection against belief in God: the claim that an all-loving, all-powerful God does not fit with suffering and evil. The lesson examines the nature of evil, and it responds to the claim that God is incompatible with evil (the “logical” problem of evil) and the claim that evil makes God’s existence unlikely (the “evidential” problem of evil). Finally, it discusses how evil remains an emotional challenge for many people even though we can provide good answers to show that God is compatible with evil.
This lesson offers a biblical perspective on tolerance. It emphasizes that Christians are called both to be tolerant (properly understood) and to uphold objective truth. It explores the nature of objective truth, showing that truth does not depend on our preferences and that contradictory truth claims cannot both be true. The world’s religions—since they contradict each other—cannot all be true, and we must uphold the truth of Christianity.
This lesson examines the concepts of justice, human rights, and human equality. It reflects upon the moral foundation that is necessary in order for us to have an objective moral duty to uphold justice and the dignity, rights, and equality of all humans. It examines key biblical teaching that should direct our attitudes and behavior concerning justice and human equality, and it shows how these biblical principles apply to specific examples of injustice and inequality that are prominent today (injustices related to race, sexual orientation, gender, and the unborn).
This lesson draws many insights from Greg Koukl’s excellent book Tactics. It examines what it means to be an ambassador for Christ and provides tips on how to do this effectively. It emphasizes many purposes and advantages of asking lots of questions when sharing your faith with others. It discusses the value of recognizing the need to diagnose and target an unbeliever’s specific barriers to faith in Christ when witnessing, and it helps you to detect and kindly correct some common errors that unbelievers make when objecting to Christianity.