Youth in today’s generation are attacked harder and earlier with questions about belief and faith. In a culture of spiritual tolerance, it is becoming more difficult to see the truth of scripture. The Jesus in scripture becomes less and less clear to them. Although spiritual clarity is more difficult to determine, it creates one large, important question: Who really is Jesus?
Lee Strobel penned a novel in 2004 titled The Case for Christ. As an atheist, he sought to deny the reliability of scripture and Christ. That novel, and more to follow, give great detail of what became his journey to belief in the support of scripture and a strong desire to find who Jesus is.
The purpose of this 10 class series of lessons is to show the evidence of the reliability of scripture, a look at who Jesus is, what makes him the only way to God, and where faith comes into play with all of this. The youth will be immersed in an overwhelming amount of information, but will hopefully find confidence in faith, in scripture, and Jesus himself.
- Give youth tools to defend against an unclear presentation of scripture coming from culture.
- Challenge youth to always seek Jesus and find out who he is in scripture and in interactions with their own lives.
- Encourage youth to find confidence in their faith and comfort that God loves them as humans; with doubts and questions.
The below curriculum was built by myself, but I would suggest using the curriculum without also reading the books by Lee Strobel that the curriculum is based off. Those books are available to purchase at the links below. (The links included are affiliate links.)
“The Case for Christ”
Lesson 1 – Introduction to Study – How can we trust this ancient book called the Bible? Eyewitness Evidence
Memory – Acts 2:32 – “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.” NIV
Lesson 2 – Documentary Evidence
Memory – 2 Timothy 3:16 – “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” NIV
Lesson 3 – The Corroborating Evidence
Memory – John 20:31 – “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.” NIV
Lesson 4 – The Archeological Evidence
Memory – John 2:25 – “He [Jesus] did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.” NIV
Lesson 5 –The Rebuttal Evidence
Memory – Colossians 2:6 – “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him.” NIV
Lesson 6 – The Scientific Evidence
Memory – Revelation 22:13 – “I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” NIV
Lesson 7 – Eight Big Questions
Memory – John 14:6 – “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” NIV
Lesson 8 – It is offensive to claim Jesus is the Only way to God/Heaven**
Memory – Ephesians 1:22 – “And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church” NIV
Lesson 9 –Faith Questions Week 2**
Memory – 1 Peter 5:8 – “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” NIV
Lesson 10 – I Still Have Doubts, So I can’t be a Christian
Memory – Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” NIV
**These weeks should be moldable based on the questions asked by students in Lesson 7
Full curriculum document: PDF Google Doc