Diocese of Chichester Youth

Apologetics Resources for Children's Work

The following resources should help you with guiding children and families through faith development.

A.S.K.(Ask Seek Knock) by DAVID ROBERTSON

https://www.christianfocus.com/products/2828/ask

We all have questions about Jesus, the Bible, the Christian faith and our culture today. These questions were gathered from teenagers in fifteen countries in five different continents. All of them are real questions from real teenagers. Offering 52 short chapters, each contains a question, a Bible passage, a Bible verse, a discussion, something to consider, recommended further reading and a prayer. The main aim of this book is that you, the reader, come to see and know better the One who is the Answer, Jesus Christ.


ASKING THE BIG QUESTIONS – RE:START AND RE:QUEST by YFC

http://request.org.uk/restart/

From Youth for Christ an on-line resource for teachers, youth and children’s leaders offering lots of ideas and interactive resources RE:START for children’s work and RE:QUEST for youth.


BUT IS IT REAL? by AMY ORR EWING

https://www.zachariastrust.org/bios/amy-orr-ewing

Your relationship with God is just a psychological crutch. Belief in God is dangerous. I used to believe, but I've given it all up. Is God real? Is it possible to know anything, let alone know him? Why do bad things happen to people who worship this God? What about the spiritual experiences of other faiths? All of these accusations, objections and questions have come directly from real-life situations. Amy Says, 'I hope that the thoughts offered here will help you see what the Christian faith has to say amid all the pain, confusion and complexity of life.'


HOPE RISING 365 by MEG CANNON AND FRIENDS

https://spckpublishing.co.uk/hope-rising-365

Hope Rising 365 offers encouragement and advice for whatever each day holds. Filled with personal stories, Bible wisdom and inspirational thoughts, this daily devotional brings together reflections from Meg Cannon and a whole host of women to cheer you on during the year ahead. This collection includes contributions from Naomi Aidoo, Jessie Faerber, Rachel Gardner, Ruth Jackson, Ali Martin and Rachael Newham. Meg Cannon is a spoken word artist, presenter and film maker. She is passionate about creating films and sharing stories that communicate hope. Meg works with schools and Charities including Girls’ Brigade Ministries, Christian Aid and Youthscape to inspire and encourage young people.


IF GOD THEN WHAT? by ANDREW WILSON

https://ivpbooks.com/if-god-then-what

Andrew Wilson asks nine big questions about truth, origins and redemption, and wonders aloud about the possible answers, representing a new fresh way of communicating the gospel.


BIG QUESTIONS by PREMIER YOUTH WORK

https://www.youthandchildrens.work/Resources/Big-Question

Premier youth and children’s work magazine offers resources on the Big Questions children frequently ask about life, the world and God.


THE HARD QUESTIONS by JUSTIN BRIERLEY

https://www.youthandchildrens.work/Childrenswork-Past-issues/2014/February-March-2014/The-Hard-Questions

Article by Justin Brierley - Justin is Theology and Apologetics Editor at Premier and presents the Saturday radio show and podcast 'Unbelievable?'


REBOOT 12’s – 18’s QUESTIONS ABOUT GOD - ONLINE RESOURCE by RZIM

https://www.rebootglobal.org/

REBOOT is a youth event of RZIM (Ravi Zacharias International Ministries) that began five years ago in London to create a space where teenagers from any background could ask questions about God and the Christian faith. So far, REBOOT has been held in some of the most important cities around the world, and we continue to visit more every year! Designed for young people, who have doubts about the Christian faith or who want to be more prepared to talk about God with their friends. We look at topics such as: “Why does God allow suffering?”, “How can we know that God exists?” And “Does science deny God?” Among many other relevant topics today.


TEST OF FAITH by THE FARADAY INSTITUTE FOR SCIENCE AND RELIGION

http://www.testoffaith.com/youth/book.aspx

This book brings together stories from ten of the scientists featured in the accompanying film, sharing more about their faith and their lives as researchers at the cutting edge of science. What led them to become scientists? Why did they embrace Christianity? And how do they relate their religious beliefs to the science that they do in the lab? The stories that they tell help us to see that when it comes to answering some of life's big questions we do well to listen for the insights from both science and faith. Including contributions from Dr Francis Collins, Prof. Alister McGrath, Dr Ard Louis, Dr Jennifer Wiseman, Prof. Bill Newsome, Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne, Rev Dr Alasdair Coles, Dr Deborah B. Haarsma, Prof. Rosalind Picard, Prof. John Bryant.


THE ROAD by BRIDGE MINISTRIES – BLAKE HANSEN

http://www.theroad-uk.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=10&Itemid=103

The Road is a video-based resource for young people to answer many of the bigger, trickier questions surrounding the Christian faith. We believe that faith in Jesus stands up to challenge and that the questions we ask won’t show Christianity up to be a hoax but make faith deeper, richer and stronger. We want to help every Christian young person understand their faith better and introduce every young person in the UK to an honest and clear representation of Jesus Christ. The Road is part of Bridge Ministries, the people behind The Bridge UK. As a ministry, we aim to enable the discipleship of young people through the provision of high quality, biblical, honest teaching, communicated in relevant ways. Blake Hansen, youth worker of 9 years, is Director of The Road. Blake is originally from New Zealand, having moved to England to study Biochemistry at Cambridge University.


TRICKY by MICHAEL DORMANDY & CARL LAFERTON

https://www.thegoodbook.co.uk/tricky

The hardest questions to ask about Christianity (and some answers). This book does not try to sound clever, or win an argument. It does aim to introduce people to Jesus and the answers he gives to the hard questions we ask.


WHAT IS GOD LIKE? By WILLIAM CRAIG LANE- BOOK SERIES

https://apps.biola.edu/apologetics-store/products/special-discounted-sets-or-combos/item/dr-craig-s-what-is-god-like-children-s-book-collection

Christian philosopher William Lane Craig originally wrote these stories for his own children. Brown Bear and Red Goose explain topics for example: God is All-Good; Good is All-Knowing; God is All-Loving; God is All-Powerful; God is Everywhere; God is Forever; God is Self-Sufficient; God is Spirit; God is Three Persons; The Greatness of God


WHY? by SHARON DIRCKX

https://ivpbooks.com/why

Why do bad things happen? If God exists, why doesn't he do something? Why am I being singled out? Of all the hurdles to faith, surely suffering must be the greatest. It tears lives apart and raises questions for us all. But when we ask why?, to whom are we addressing our question? Where do the most satisfying answers come from? Does it matter? Sharon Dirckx deftly interweaves the stories of Frances, Will, Grace, Charles and Rachel, who have faced some of life's toughest personal challenges, with a practical consideration of the 'Why?' questions we all ask about God and suffering. She concludes, 'I would like to show you that, even though we don't understand everything, it is still possible to believe in a powerful, loving God and acknowledge the reality of evil and suffering. Not only that, but seeing life from this perspective helps us make more, not less, sense of our hurting world.'

While we may never have all the answers, it does not mean that there are no answers at all.