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Friday Nov 8 - 6:30 pm
Saturday Nov 9 - 9:00 am
Manheim BIC Church, Manheim, PA
Manheim Brethren in Christ Church
54 North Penryn Road
Manheim, PA 17545

In cooperation with Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) and TEAM

What is this conference about?
The TM Conference is a Friday night and all day Saturday gathering that will offer a unique opportunity for students (high school and college age) to hear from gifted evangelical speakers on the subject of why Christianity is sound, practical, utterly reasonable and uniquely true. When the world knows you are a follower of Jesus you are bound to get questions. The Bible says that each of us should be able to “give an answer to everyone that asks us to give the reason for the hope that we have” (1 Pet. 3:15), so we all need to be prepared. That’s what apologetics is all about; apologetics deals with thinking through the Christian faith and giving an answer back to those who are asking or doubting.

Conference talks will explore puzzling issues like:
• Is truth ‘true' for everyone, or is it just a personal thing?
• How do we know that we can trust the Bible?
• Are Christians arrogant to think that Jesus is the only way to God?
• Why does a good God allow so much evil?
• Is science at odds with Biblical faith, and what is the intelligent design movement?
• Sexual integrity in our hyper-sexualized culture.
• How do we respond on difficult topics like homosexuality, abortion, and Islam?

How is an apologetics conference different from other youth conferences?
This conference will focus on some of the most often asked questions about and objections to Christianity, and will give students solid answers. Participants will leave feeling more secure in the trustworthiness of the historic Christian faith, and will, in turn, be more confident to dialogue about it with non-believers.

Why do young Christians need to learn apologetics?
Startling results from studies by the Barna Group and Lifeway Research now tell us that nearly 3 out of 4 church-attending protestant youths will drop out of church in the years following high school. One of the major factors cited for this is an intellectual skepticism that can develop, particularly in the often religiously hostile university setting. Teens may come to realize that they have not carefully thought through what they say they believe. They cannot explain, for example, why the New Testament is believable, why it is not intolerant to assert that Christianity is distinctively true, or even how we can be certain that God exists. Most young Christians today are not equipped intellectually to stand firm in their faith, and they need to be.

The truth is that every believer already does apologetics; the question is really, do we want to do it poorly or well? We all get questioned or challenged about our faith. We can respond by saying “You just have to believe” or “That’s just the mystery of God,” but when we do, we are essentially telling the questioner that his inquiry is not worthy of our time or energy. Apologetics does not replace evangelism; it paves the way for it. It can remove intellectual roadblocks that prevent someone from seriously considering the gospel.

The God of the Bible asks us to love Him with our minds as well as our hearts (Matt. 22:37). This means learning to reason and think well. It means using our minds to grasp the marvelous truths God has revealed about Himself in both Scripture and creation. It has been said that, in the Christian life, faith and reason are like the two wings of a bird working together. Understanding how Christianity is reasonable and sound encourages and strengthens our personal faith, and it emboldens us in witnessing.

Is the Conference only for youth?
No…adults are absolutely welcome, and we hope many attend! Talks will be geared toward high school and college aged students, but topics will be pertinent and instructive to any person wanting to better understand the intellectual soundness of the faith and be better prepared to answer tough questions about it. The TM Conference will be of especially beneficial to parents and those working in teaching positions and youth ministry.

What are Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) and TEAM?
SES is a conservative independent seminary outside of Charlotte, NC that specializes in training believers to explain and defend the truth of Christianity. SES was recently voted “Best General Apologetics” program in America for a graduate degree by bestschools.org. Several TM Conference workshop speakers are seminary alumni who work through a ministry arm of SES called TEAM (Truth, Evangelism and Apologetics Mission). TEAM members travel nationally and internationally speaking, teaching and debating for the truth of the faith. For more information on SES or TEAM go to www.ses.edu.

What is the conference cost?
• Advanced registration - $20.00 (group rate discount available for 10 or more)
• Conference-day registration - $25.00
• Friday only - no cost

Registration cost includes Friday/Saturday sessions, conference booklet, and lunch Saturday (from Chick-fil-A)


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OR contact Carey Walton at careywalton777@gmail.com or 717-682-4746.

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