According to the Barna research group, Generation Z is the first truly post-Christian generation. This is because these teenagers and young adults (born 1999–2015) are the first generation to grow up in a completely post-Christian, secularized society.
And it shows.
- These young people are two times the likelihood that the average American population identifies as atheists.
- More than one-third of Generation Z (37%) believe it is not possible to know for sure if God is real, compared to 32 percent of all adults.
- Teenagers who believe that it can be known that God exists are less likely than adults to say that they are very convinced that it is true (54% vs. 64% of all adults who believe in God).
- Of the young adults in this demographics, 84% support same-sex marriage, and 1 in 6 (15.9%) is identified as LBGT.
It would be easy for pastors and youth workers to dismiss these statistics in relation to young people “out there” and assume that young people from your youth group and Christian school are far more grounded in their beliefs. That would be a mistake.
We overestimate the power of secularization in our culture. He is strong and convincing.
- When you are fifteen years old and every voice that is not from the church tells you that the truth is relative, that God is adaptable, and Christians who believe in the Bible and say that people should not live according to their own truth about their sexual identity are fanatical, you need solid answers.
- When you are a teenager who grew up in a church but have questions about the reliability of the Bible on the one hand and your own sexual identity on the other, you need thoughtful, compassionate, and biblical engagement.
- When you are just a rescued fourteen-year-old who grew up hearing that evolution is a science, abortion is compassionate, and the highest standard had to live “my truth,” you need careful learning that answers the right questions.
The reality is that our secular culture aggressively gives Generation Z a worldview that either ignores, denies, or rethinks God, His Word, and absolute truth.
That is why our young people desperately need a biblical worldview that puts Christ at the center, establishes His Word as the highest authority, and then carefully studies the cultural issues of our time.
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That’s why my son Larry and I just published a new Bible curriculum for Christian schools and home schools called Avoiding confusion: Interpret cultural issues through a biblical worldview.
Each of the thirteen units in this study was written to help teens form a Christian worldview for current cultural issues.
- The cornerstone of life
- The existence of God
- The reliability of the Bible
- The deity of Jesus
- Biblical account of creation
- The sanctity of life
- The presence of evil in the world
- The peculiarity of sex and marriage
- A biblical stance against racism
- Biblical understanding of justice
- Biblical practice of justice
- The essential nature of the local church
- The Blessing of Christian Education
This resource includes
- Curriculum for one (eighteen weeks) semester of the Bible program, adaptable to the structure of Bible classes of three, four or five days a week
- Scope and sequence
- Proposals for scheduling and evaluation
- Weekly teaching goals
- Questions for discussion with suggested answers
- Verses to remember
- Expansion tasks
- Evaluation questions
An accompanying download is also available. Download provides
- Presentation slides for each lesson
- Editing quizzes
We are grateful for the strong response we have already seen from Christian schools for this source, which has already sold out since its first print. You can now pre-order for another print coming in August. (You can also watch the first lesson here.)
Please pray with us that God will use this resource to strengthen Christian teens in developing Bible beliefs and the ability to articulate them to others.