FOUR-12 Teen Program

Four-12 Teen Programs

Worldview • Leadership • Service • FUN

I Timothy 4:12 tells us to "let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity." Teens who are looking to deepen their faith will want to take part in the Four-12 Teen Track. An intensive Apologetics program, Four-12 is sponsored by Apologia Academy, and speakers will include Larry Blythe, Frank Turek, Kyle McManamy, and Charity Decker from the Apologia team. Learn how to answer unbelieving friends who question convictions and to defend your faith.  Discover ways to be bolder in sharing the Gospel, and get helpful hints as to how to remain pure in a world that is anything but pure. The Four-12 Track is designed to encourage young people to be examples and a shining light unto the Gospel.  Of course, parents are welcome in the workshops, but the content is designed for young men and women.

The cost for the Four-12 program is $10 per teen and will include a T-shirt and a notebook outlining the content from the program.

There are three distinct divisions for this program that participants will rotate through:

Workshops

Sessions designed to equip teens to stand strong in their walk with the Lord. There is a great battle being waged for the hearts and minds of our teenagers, and these sessions are fun and informative. They are geared to encourage your young person to stand strong with sound biblical knowledge and faith. These sessions are the bulk of the program.

Service and Leadership

Teens in the Four-12 program will have the privilege of serving in various capacities throughout the event. They will be able to help in filling essential roles in the Children's Program, Speaker / Vendor Hospitality, Crowd Control, Attendee Relations, Audio / Visual, and other parts of the convention. Each teen will serve no more than 4 hours during the convention. Participants will receive a community service and leadership certificate at the end of the program.

Activities

Flash Mob, games, and Food! Last year the Flash Mob was a favorite in the Teen Program. We are planning activities for the young people to enjoy the company of the teachers and other young people. Iron sharpens iron! You will have the opportunity to talk with old friends and make new ones.  You may not break a sweat, but you will have fun!

  • THURSDAY

    Groups A/B combined
    5:00-9:00PM – TEEN TRACK
    5:00-6:00: Worldview Session #1: "Christianity: The Only Rational Worldview" with Larry Blythe
    6:00-6:30: Game: What's In Your Pocket??? (Hint: Lint, Retainer) & Flash Mob Intro
    6:30-7:30: Worldview Session #2: "Developing A Biblical Worldview" with Larry Blythe
    7:30-7:45: Game: What's In Your Head??? (Hint: The Alphabet) & Flash Mob Update
    7:45-8:45: Worldview Session #3: "Only ONE Reason To Believe" with Matt Barclay
    8:45-9:00: Q&A – Testimonies – Wrap Up

    FRIDAY

    Group A: (PM Service)
    9:00-11:30 – TEEN TRACK
    9:00-9:15: Game: What's In The Box??? (Hint: Sports)
    9:15-10:15: Worldview Session #4: "Why The NT Can Be Trusted" with Matt Barclay
    10:15-10:30: Game: What's On Your Head??? (Hint: Phone Call) & Flash Mob Practice
    10:30-11:30: Worldview Session #5: "Have You Abandoned Your 'First Love? (Rev. 2:1-6)" with Larry Blythe

    Group B: (AM Service)
    1:00-6:00 – TEEN TRACK
    1:00-2:00: Worldview Session #4: "Why The NT Can Be Trusted" with Matt Barclay
    2:00-2:15: Game: What's In The Box??? (Hint: Sports)
    2:15-3:15: Worldview Session #5: "Have You Abandoned Your 'First Love?' (Rev. 2:1-6)" with Larry Blythe
    3:15-3:30: Game: What's On Your Head??? (Hint: Phone Call) & Flash Mob Practice
    3:30-4:30: Worldview Session #6: "10 Fishy Fallacies of Evolution" with Larry Blythe
    4:30-5:00: Flash Mob Performance – To The Vendor Hall and Beyond!

    SATURDAY

    Group B: (PM Service)
    9:00-11:30 – TEEN TRACK
    9:00-9:15: Game: What's In Your Lunch??? (Hint: You Peel It)
    9:15-10:15: Worldview Session #7: "Science Doesn't Say Anything – Scientists Do!" with Matt Barclay
    10:15-10:30: Game: What's On Your Face??? (Hint: Pain!)
    10:30-11:30: Worldview Session #8: "If God Exists, Why is There Evil?" with Larry Blythe

    Group A: (AM Service)
    1:00-6:00 – TEEN TRACK
    1:00-1:15: Game: What's In Your Lunch??? (Hint: You Peel It)
    1:15-2:15: Worldview Session #6: "10 Fishy Fallacies of Evolution" with Larry Blythe
    2:15-2:30: Game: What's On Your Face??? (Hint: Pain!)
    2:30-3:30: Worldview Session #7: "Science Doesn't Say Anything – Scientists Do!" with Matt Barclay
    3:30-3:45: Q & A with Matt & Larry & Testimonies
    3:45-4:45: Worldview Session #8: "If God Exists, Why is There Evil?" with Larry Blythe
    4:45-5:15: Q & A with Matt & Larry & Testimonies
  • Larry Blythe Larry Blythe, M.A.A. Apologetics, Director and Teacher Apologia Online Academy

    Larry is the Director of the Apologia Online Academy, Apologia Educational Ministries. He also teaches in the Bible, Apologetics, & Worldview Dept.

    Larry was a career Youth, Associate, and Sr. Pastor for 20+ years. He has a Master of Arts in Apologetics degree from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Larry speaks nationally at many homeschool, apologetics, and other conferences including overseas in Hungary and Nairobi, Kenya.

    He was the Founder/Director of the Lay Institute for Biblical Studies and taught on various topics including cults, apologetics, theology, OT/NT, and social disciplines. Larry is one of the editors of the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics.

    In his ‘spare’ time he is a Wilson sponsored competitive racquetball player, juggles, performs Christian illusions, plays the trombone, guitar, and pennywhistle (not at the same time!), sews, and enjoys his wife, children (grown), and grandchildren Elijah Jacob, Aedan, and Reagan.

    Matt BarclayMatt Barclay, M.Div Apologetics, Teacher Apologia Online Academy

    Matt and his wife Kristin live and serve the Lord in Monroe, NC. Matt is being used by God in many areas of service. Formerly, he has served as a Pastor of Children and Youth in Monroe, and worked for Dr. Frank Turek and CrossExamined.org. Currently in addition to teaching for Apologia Online Academy, Matt is Apologia's Media Manager.

    Matt is a graduate of Southern Evangelical Seminary (magna cum laude) with an M. Div. in Apologetics. Before Seminary, he worked as an Associate Engineer at a leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software, and earned a Bachelor of Music (emphasis: Music Industry, instrument: voice) from James Madison University.

    No stranger to technology, while in Seminary Matt was heard by thousands around the globe as a guest podcaster for biblestudypodcasts.org. During his free-time, Matt enjoys concerts with Kristin, board and video games, videography, or teaching his dog "Dr. Black Jack Ph. D" new tricks.
  • 1. *CHRISTIANITY: THE ONLY RATIONAL WORLDVIEW

    Christianity isn't some passing fad. It is a reasonable and rational belief, and literally true. If Christianity is true, all beliefs opposed to it are false. Learn 4 powerful reasons you should defend it against all other worldviews.
    Taught by Christian Apologist Larry Blythe, M.A. Apologetics, Director & Teacher Apologia Online Academy

    2. *DEVELOPING A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW

    Between 58-88% of young people walk away from their faith after they leave high school. One of the top reasons is that they have not been trained in a biblical worldview ahead of time to anticipate the intellectual and moral challenges of college. Youth who have a biblical worldview are less likely to engage in risky behavior and more likely to have a positive impact on their generation for Christ. We will consider the nature of a biblical worldview, why it is so important, and practical steps to help young people develop a biblical worldview.
    Taught by Christian Apologist Larry Blythe, M.A. Apologetics, Director & Teacher Apologia Online Academy

    3. ONLY ONE REASON TO BELIEVE

    The world is full of voices telling you to "believe whatever you want and to follow your heart. It is not about what you believe but how sincerely you are devoted to that belief." But what does the Bible have to say about truth and error? This seminar will look at the basis of belief through the eyes of Elijah and see that there is only one reason to believe anything: when it's actually true! Moral truth is absolute, not relative.
    Taught by Christian Apologist Matt Barclay, M.Div Apologetics, Teacher Apologia Online Academy

    4. *WHY THE NT CAN BE TRUSTED

    In this session students will be challenged to consider how accurately the Bible has been preserved through history. Research indicates that the Bible is more reliable than any of the top ten well-respected ancient documents. We will explore internal and external evidence supporting the reliability of the New Testament.
    Taught by Christian Apologist Matt Barclay, M.Div Apologetics, TeacherApologia Online Academy

    5. HAVE YOU ABANDONED YOUR 'FIRST LOVE?' (REV. 2:1-6)

    God is jealous! He created me; He owns me and bought me with a price. Are you allowing anyone or anything to hold a greater place of importance in your life than God Himself? An evil world does everything it can to distract us from our "first love." Our first love, not in sequence, but in priority, is the Son of God, The Messiah Jesus Christ. Learn how to love God with your entire being.
    Taught by Christian Apologist Larry Blythe, M.A. Apologetics, Director & Teacher Apologia Online Academy

    6. 10 FISHY FALLACIES OF EVOLUTION

    Most evolutionists believe that we are descendants of ape-like ancestors, apes are descendants of more primitive animals, living things share common ancestors, and evolutionary changes (mutations, natural selection) give rise to new species, etc. Basically from goo to you via the zoo. You will learn that there are many large "fish tales" when it comes to evolution. Therefore, I don't have enough faith to believe in evolution.
    Taught by Christian Apologist Larry Blythe, M.A. Apologetics, Director & Teacher Apologia Online Academy

    7. SCIENCE DOESN'T SAY ANYTHING – SCIENTISTS DO!

    All too often scientists who promote evolution are less than honest. Sometimes they don't intentionally deceive, but they draw bad scientific conclusions because they only look for what they hope to find. Such is the case with origins. Did natural forces working on non-living chemicals cause life, or is life the result of intelligent activity? Did new life forms evolve from lower life forms by natural forces or was intelligence needed? False conclusions are drawn because science doesn't actually say anything - scientist (with presuppositions & agenda's) do.
    Taught by Christian Apologist Matt Barclay, M.Div Apologetics, Teacher Apologia Online Academy

    8. IF GOD EXISTS, WHY IS THERE EVIL?

    If there is a good God, then why does evil exist? Why doesn't God stop it? This is used by many atheists to deny God. But we must ask, "If God stopped all evil, he might start with you . . . and me because we both do evil every day." To end evil on earth God would have to take away our free will. But if he takes away our free will, he takes away our ability to love as well. Learn how to answer the evil dilemma in this seminar.
    Taught by Christian Apologist Larry Blythe, M.A. Apologetics, Director & Teacher Apologia Online Academy

    *Special session notes & PowerPoints are combined and used with permission by Sean McDowell and Worldview Ministries (www.SeanMcDowell.org).

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