Encouraging Teens With The Archaeological Evidence For The Reliability of Scripture
It was a privilege to speak recently to teens at Camp Aush-Bik-Koong (campabk.com). This year I chose to preach on Heb. 11, the classic passage in Scripture about faith. In the evenings we studied the chapter bit-by-bit. In the morning sessions I looked at the archaeological evidence for some of the major people of faith mentioned.
If you’ve read my blog in the past, you know that I have an affection for the field of biblical archaeology, and do some writing for the folks at biblearchaeology.org (the Associates for Biblical Research – a group of bible scholars and archaeologists dedicated to demonstrating the historical reliability of God’s Word through their work). Their research was very helpful as I prepared to speak to the teens at Camp ABK. Several of the archaeologists at ABR were gracious enough to take time out of their busy schedules to share a word or two with the teens at Camp ABK.
It was an amazing week at camp as we saw God work in the lives of teens here in Northern Ontario. Four guys made professions of faith, one girl was baptized, and many teens shared how encouraging it was to know that the Bible can be trusted. Numerous Christian teens shared doubts they struggled with about whether God’s Word was true, and the relief they felt when they saw how accurate it is historically. As one teen said, “It’s so good to know that the stories I learned about in Sunday school actually happened!” Another shared, “The archeological evidence from the stories of the old testament shared at Camp ABK’s Teen Coed week, strengthened my belief in the Bible as real events that actually happened…it IS the Word of God!”
Afterward I was asked if I would post the audio files and my notes to my talks on the archaeological evidence for the reliability of Scripture. Here they are…may they be used for God’s glory!
You can download the sermon audios HERE.
Here are the pdf files of my notes from my morning talks on how archaeology confirms the reliability of the Bible:
Please pray that the example of the faithful men and women in Heb. 11 – actual people who lived many years ago – would continue to encourage teens to live lives of faith through Jesus Christ.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” ~Heb. 12:1-2