Powerful cirriculum of nine Bible study lessons for youth on the most important topics of Christian faith
Clear and concise answers to the questions they're asking today
with group discussion questions
FaithExplorer Bible study for teens is used by thousands of youth pastors, youth leaders and parents. It's available free in all modern formats: Video, PDF, Email, DVD, Facebook, Twitter, iBook, and more.
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EXAMPLES OF QUESTIONS ANSWERED
• Why should the Bible have more authority than other holy books like the Koran or Hindu Vedas?
• Adam and Eve, Noah and the Ark, Jonah and the Whale ... can any intelligent person really believe those stories?
• How old is the world?
• Is there a Protestant Bible and a Catholic Bible? Many different kinds of Bibles today? How can anyone know what to believe?
• Will there be people in heaven who never even heard about Jesus or the Bible?
• Isn't faith just a crutch for people who are not critical thinkers, for people who just believe whatever their minister, family or friends tell them?
• Isn't sin relative to each person's time, place and situation?
• If God is all-powerful and wants us to be good, why didn't he just create us good in the first place?
• Is there a sin worse than murder, so bad it can't be forgiven? What is it?
• Listening to Christians, doesn't it sound like they have three Gods instead of one God? Isn't 'trinity' theological jargon that's impossible to comprehend?
• If God is love, how can he make us like this and then send some to hell?
• Can bad people go to heaven? Can good people go to hell?
• Some people say God is fair ... but look around, can anyone really think he's fair?
• What is original sin? Predestination? Election?
• Isn't it arrogant for Christians to say that Jesus is the only way?
• How will God deal with the uninformed and misinformed? What about people who died but never heard?
• Do we lose our salvation when we sin?
• Of the hundreds of commandments in the Bible, which ones did Jesus say are the most important?
• What are sacraments? Are they just for Catholics, or do Protestants have them, too? How essential are they?
• What about all the hypocrites in the church? Doesn't that prove that much of what goes on in church is phony?
MILLENNIAL GENERATION (TODAY'S TEENS)
• The Millennial Generation – also known as Generation Y and/or Generation Me – are the people born after 1980. They are distinguished from the GI 'Greatest' Generation (1900-1925), Silent Generation (1925-1945), Boomer Generation (1945-1960) and Buster 'Gen X' Generation (1960-1980).
• Each generation has predominant characteristics. Following are characteristics of the Millennial Generation (today's teens):
• Most important thing to Millennials is relationships. Strong family, strong friends. Group oriented. Always connected.
• Upbeat, positive, happy. But realists. Confident.
• Tolerant and respectful. Diversity is good. Weary of other generations’ conflicts within families, politics and religion. Not quick to place blame. Quick to bring people together. Peace-makers.
• Smart, teachable, want to learn from elders. Critical thinkers, always questioning, always learning. Hi-tech. Best educated and capable generation in human history.
• Need constant feedback on how they are doing. Need frequent strokes of encouragement to be energized.
• Not as self-absorbed and materialistic as parent generation. Want to make money, but not primarily for accumulating things and status, but for lifestyle that allows ample time for relationships, recreation, travel, education and community service. Greater savings, more conservative spending. Good balance between work and pleasure. Desire to serve society. Look beyond self to others.
• Concerned about social justice, environment and health. Want to do great things, want to change the world. Hopeful about the future. Success not defined by wealth, power or fame, but by making great contributions to the common good.
• Impatient. Want to do things now. Resist being held back by seniority and negative thinking.
• Spiritually agnostic. Religion unimportant and irrelevant. Don’t think much about it. Most raised in families with little or no church involvement. Don’t see how Bible is connected to the real world.
• Hodgepodge of beliefs, very diverse, difficult to label. Don’t think any one person or book is the ultimate authority. Post-modern (every person has his or her own truth; there are few absolutes). Live with high degree of uncertainty, ambiguity and change; that’s ok, that’s life.
• Jesus as a good moral teacher, good principles. One of the ways to God. Much confusion regarding who Jesus really is.
• Only 50% of millennials believe Jesus was sinless. Only 24% believe Bible is the written Word of God and totally accurate in all it teaches. But most believe in a literal heaven and hell, resulting from good and bad things done in this lifetime.
• 65% say they are ‘Christian’ (broadest sense of the term). 20% say they are ‘born-again,’ including 6% who say they are ‘evangelical.’
• Don’t like inwardly focused institutional church. See church as myopic, unthinking, defensive and hypocritical. Most unchurched generation in America.
• Among adults who were regular church attenders as teenagers, 61% became spiritually disengaged (don’t attend church, pray or read Bible) by mid-20’s. Most leave and don’t come back.
• Only 11% of those who left the church did so during college years. Almost 90% were lost in middle school and high school.
• Only about 15% of millennials of the 80 million millennials in the U.S. today subscribe to traditional Christian beliefs as stated in FaithExplorer. Even though a small minority, a potent force for the church because they are passionate about their faith. Want to move closer to New Testament Christianity. Will not wait on tired, established churches to get the work done.
• Community should not be a place to look for prospects to help the church, but a place where Christians are called to serve and minister. Not satisfied with missions that just pay others to do the work.
• FaithExplorer free teens Bible study is particularly well-suited for explaining Christian faith to Millennials in a concise, reasonable and compelling way ... in formats for easy digital pass-along and discussion.
A clear and concise free teens Bible study on
Christian faith, for pass-along and discussion
with group discussion questions
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LOSING TEENS IN ALARMING NUMBERS
Research studies show that over 70% of young people who were regular church attenders in their teens become spiritually disengaged in their 20's.
WHY? Main reasons summarized from 25 separate studies:
• Not relevant / boring
• Can't believe incredible stories in the Bible
• Hypocrites in the church
In their early teens, most young people start regarding their church as myopic and unthinking, just trying to defend tradition, and by their early 20's most turn away because thier church has not answered the questions they were asking.
FaithExplorer is the bible study that asks and answers the big questions teenagers today are asking about Christian faith.
BIBLE STUDY IN MODERN FORMATS
The FaithExplorer Bible study for teens is available free 24/7 in all modern digital formats for instant online viewing ... and for easy pass-along by texting, email, and downloads.
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