Journey: Advocates

 
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Advocates considers what it means to hold firm to biblical convictions and still engage in humble dialogue with the culture around us. Join Sean McDowell, a leading apologetics and worldview author, and AwanaYM in this new high school curriculum series that will be released for fall 2017.


"I am thrilled to see Sean and Awana partnering to train the next generation how to think Christianly and engage our culture. This is a resource you need to get" Lee Strobel,
Best-selling author of The Case for Christ and The Case for Grace

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Journey: Advocates Curriculum Guide

The table below shows the lessons for each week. There are 32 lessons.

Lesson Title Core Scripture Core Thought
Unit 1 

1.1- Apologetics

1 Peter 3:15-16

Christians need to be ready to share the reasons for their beliefs.

1.2- Faith

John 20:30-31

Understanding biblical faith enables me to relate to God more deeply and accurately.

1.3- Truth

John 3:21

Knowing and following truth leads to genuine freedom.

1.4- Logic

Ephesians 4:14-15

Mature faith requires clear and logical thinking

Unit 2 

2.1- Worldviews

Romans 2:2

Worldviews address the foundational life-shaping questions about reality.

2.2- Naturalism

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Naturalish is the worldview that physical universe alone exists, with no supernatural influences.

2.3- Pantheism

Acts 17:24-25

Pantheism is the worldview that everything is divine with no Creator distinct from creation.

2.4- Monotheism

Romans 1:20

Monotheism is the worldview that one personal God created everything.

Unit 3 

3.1- Science

Psalm 119:89-91

Science does not contradict faith, but lays a crucial foundation for understanding the world.

3.2- Universe

Psalm 8:3-4

The fine tuning of the laws that govern the universe are best explained as the product of Intelligent Design.

3.3- DNA

Psalm 139:13-14

The information in DNA is best explained as the product of Intelligent Design.

3.4- Designer

Psalm 19:1-2

The complex patterns of the universe are best explained as the work of an intelligent designer.

Unit 4 

4.1- Morality

Romans 2:14-15

Objective morality points to a moral Law Giver.

4.2- Beauty

Isaiah 33:17

Objective beauty points to a divine Artist.

4.3- Agency

Matthew 7:24-25

Human agency points to a supreme Agen.

4.4- Story

Psalm 78:2-4

Human storytelling points to a creative Author.

Unit 5 

5.1- Miracles

Psalm 77:13-14

Miracles are both possible and verifiable.

5.2- Resurrection

1 Corinthians 15:5-7

The resurrection of Jesus is a historically corroborated event supported by numerous and early sources.

5.3- Deity

John 10:30-33

Jesus uniquely claimed to be God and provided compelling evidence.

5.4- Apostles

Acts 4:18-20

The Apostle's willingness to suffer and die shows the depth and sincerity of their testimony.

Unit 6 

6.1- Texts

2 Timothy 2:2

Numerous and early manuscripts help establish the reliable transmission of the New Testament.

6.2- Archaeology

Luke 3:1-2

The archaeological record helps establish the historicity of Scripture.

6.3- Prophecy

Isaiah 53:5

Fulfilled prophecy helps establish the divine nature of Scripture.

6.4- Authority

Matthew 4:4

The Scriptures serve as the ultimate and authoritative source for life and faith.

Unit 7

7.1- Evil

Genesis 18:25

Properly understood, evil implies an objective moral order grounded in a good God.

7.2- Falsehood

James 1:13

There is no logical contradiction between the character of God and the existence of evil.

7.3- Suffering

Genesis 50:20

God participates in our suffering, using it to direct the course of human history.

7.4- Hell

Luke 13:23-30, Mark 9:42-48, Matthew 22:1-14

Hell is the tragic consequence of human rejection of God's free gift of salvation.

Unit 8

8.1- Love

Luke 10:36-37

True love is being totally committed to the betterment of another person even when difficult.

8.2- Questions

Proverbs 20:5

Good questions open the door for meaningful spiritual conversations.

8.3- Doubt

Matthew 11:4-5

Doubt can serve as an opportunity to discover truth more deeply and trust God more fully.

8.4- Challenges

Colossians 4:5-6

God calls us to lovingly speak the truth that transforms lives.