Connecting Our Faith to a New Generation . Continuing Lay Training Denomination Wide Study 2005 Lesson 1. Group Question. Do you think there are more or fewer Christians in our communities today than a generation ago? Why?. Point of the Lesson. This lesson explores the fact that
Continuing Lay Training
Denomination Wide Study 2005
This lesson explores the fact that
many families and churches fear they
are losing their children and teens from
the Christian faith.
“You’re losing us”?
“The future of civilization, the future of the Church, the future of the family and the future of a soul-satisfying way of life depend on our efforts to help children discover the magnetic attraction of Jesus. They are the Church of tomorrow as well as the Church of today.” (London and Wiseman, For Kids’ Sake, 8)
“What kind of friend do kids have in television? A friend who inhibits social development, wastes intellectual potential, presents an inaccurate view of faith, normalizes violence, sells secular values and saturates the mind with non-Christian worldviews”. (London and Wiseman, For Kids’ Sake, 38)
(Barna, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, 61)
“The war will not be won by writing letters to the FCC, boycotting media corporations and advertisers or spending billions in the courtroom attempting to legislate morality. Those tactics are not bad, but they fail to address the root of the problem: people’s alienation from God. If we effectively teach God’s principles and expectations to our youngsters and instill within them a thirst for righteousness and a passion for God, the need to wage a culture war will be eliminated by reshaping the culture from within. The cumulative effect of their character and beliefs will redefine the contours of our culture.” (Barna, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, p.51)