Do your teens groan when you say, “Turn to Genesis 1-3”?
Do they think they know everything there is to know about the biblical account of Creation and the Fall? Do they feel like they’ve heard the story of Adam and Eve a million times?
Your teens may think they know the stories from Genesis 1-3 very well, but the reality is that (for many), their understanding is limited and their knowledge is sprinkled with misconceptions, such as, Didn’t Eve eat an apple?
Genesis 1-3 is a compelling narrative with familiar names but it also deals with hard, profound questions about life-questions that need God’s answers. Foundational answers to basic questions such as Who am I? and What is my purpose? find their starting point in these chapters. They establish a solid footwork to deepen your teens’ understanding of God, the world, redemption, and themselves.
High school students are beginning to think of careers and marriage. They are wondering about themselves and how they fit into the world. They are also living in a very real present-struggling with school, family interactions, relationships with other teens, just to name a few.
In today’s culture, marriage is mocked, work endured, and the Sabbath not even considered. The individual is frequently presented as the center of the universe. And sin? If the word is even used, it refers only to relationships with others, not to a response to God, i.e., As long as you don’t hurt another person, you are not sinning.
So how will your teens find answers to such questions as:
- What should I do with my life?
- What makes life meaningful?
- Is marriage all that important?
- Waiting for sex until marriage-is that realistic?
- What happens in the afterlife?
Challenge teens to explore these questions and learn truth when they use the newest So What? youth Bible study, Identity & Purpose.
During this time of transition from childhood to adulthood, teens are wrestling with making their faith more fully their own. We shouldn’t be intimidated by their doubts and questions; instead, use them as opportunities to look into God’s Word for answers and provide a framework for understanding who they are and how they relate to God, others, and creation.
The church should be a safe atmosphere for your students to struggle with these issues as they look at the Bible to see how it speaks to their world. Encourage them to express their thoughts and questions honestly. Depend on the Holy Spirit to deepen their understanding and grow their faith in Christ as they dig into God’s Word.
Try one free Identity & Purpose lesson at www.sowhatstudies.org