What is the Jesus On Trial Conference?
Jesus On Trial is a conference that was founded in 2016 in Sacramento, CA.
This year, the conference will be online and virtual…which means that anyone, anywhere can register!
Everyone is invited – skeptics and believers, theists and atheists, Christians and non-Christians – to explore the reasons to believe that Jesus rose from the dead and examine the firm foundation of the Christian faith.
The conference will feature the world’s top New Testament scholars and Christian apologists making the case that we have good reasons to believe that Jesus rose from the dead and that the Christian faith has a firm foundation. The resurrection is the single most important event in human history. The Apostle Paul said that if Jesus did not rise from the dead, the Christian faith is useless. If he did, however, then Christianity is true. Period.
In addition to live presentations and Q&A sessions, there will be games, scavenger hunts, quizzes, discussion boards, and more! And, every session will be recorded and available to watch on-demand through the end of October!
See Screenshots of the Jesus On Trial App Below!
The Origin of Jesus On Trial – Oleg Kostyuk’s Story
Originally from the Soviet Union, Oleg Kostyuk and his wife could not freely worship God. In the Soviet Union, the government officially pushed an ideology of atheism. As part of the school curriculum, Oleg’s teachers taught that God did not exist, that the Bible contained nothing more than myths and fairytales, and that Christians had no brains. His peers bullied, harassed, and tormented both him and other children that went to church.
Although Kostyuk and his wife were persecuted for their beliefs, they kept the faith.
Oleg and his wife, Karina, moved to America in the early 90’s to give their family the opportunity to freely and openly worship God. One day, one of their sons came home and began asking difficult questions regarding the Bible. When Kostyuk questioned his son as to where these questions came from, he said that one of his friends left Christianity to become an atheist. Kostyuk was dismayed, feeling that the very thing he and his wife had fled from in the Soviet Union had followed them to the United States.
To help their son address those tough questions, they began to do some research on the Internet and discovered Christian apologetics. They found that many Christian scholars and professors willingly travel to speak to young people and answer their difficult questions surrounding Christianity. The whole family traveled to the next available apologetics conference to experience it for themselves. The Kostyuks enjoyed it so much that they chose to host an apologetics conference in Sacramento in 2016, and the Jesus On Trial Conference was born!