Believing and KNOWING
In recent decades there has been a dangerous trend of youth leaving the Church, most of them leaving after graduation or in the first year or two of college.
Barna tells us that it is about two-thirds (approximately 66%) who leave.
Barna tells us one reason is because 84% of young adults within the church (18-29 years old) do not know how the Bible can relate, in effect, to real life.
Answers in Genesis says the main reason for all of this is that the message of churches for a very long time has been “Believe in Jesus! The rest does not matter!” Yet, our schools tend to teach students, primary/elementary through college, that many of the claims within the Bible have been refuted by science. (Just a few months ago I talked with a teacher who believes archaeology has proven King David never existed, though four years ago evidence of a united Israeli kingdom from 3000 years ago was found near the site where David fought Goliath according to the Bible.)
(Not) Giving Up the Fight
It would seem, then, that Christians have by and large given up on growing believers to love the Lord their God with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Answers in Genesis may be written off as crazy by some, and I admit that I think there are a few things they push that are not exactly what I would push as important as other things, but they exist for the sole purpose of training up believers to know what they believe and why. They want to see a church not ashamed of the Gospel and able to properly defend it.
Our youth group is right there.
Therefore, I will be doing a series on what our youth group, The CORE, teaches.
The CORE Facts:
The CORE Values:
Which lead to The CORE Mission:
The Core exists to make a worldwide impact for Christ through fervent prayer and by living consecrated lives.
I trust you are intrigued and will come back for more!
I know our youth enjoyed the lessons, and I pray I can do justice and bless you with the information.