Yesterday we began discussing the exclusive claims of Jesus. It used to be that when someone said that Jesus is the only way to salvation, non-Christians would vehemently disagree on the merits. However, with society shifted to an understanding of “tolerance” where all views are … Continue reading Is Jesus really the only way to God?
Today we began discussing what the Bible says about women in the context of their role in the church and in the family. As we began talking, we emphasized that this is not just a women’s issue, but an issue that affects all followers of … Continue reading Does God discriminate against Women?
We finished up talking about violence in the Bible this week. We talked a lot about the facts of the matter, but might not have presented an emotionally satisfying response. Many questions like this one come with a lot of emotional baggage in tow and, … Continue reading Challenge: Your God is a Monster
This morning we talked about violence in the Bible. There are many accounts in both the Old and New Testaments that involve some sort of violence and they can cause many people, Christians and non-Christians alike, to give pause and wonder about the character of … Continue reading Week 1 – Does God Endorse Violence?
During the spring term, we will be working through the two books in the “Can I Ask That?” series from Fuller Youth Institute. To give you an idea of the discussions we will be having, here are the topics covered in both books:
- Can I trust the Bible?
- Does the Bible contradict itself?
- Can I be a Christian and believe in evolution?
- Does God discriminate against women?
- Is Jesus really the only way to God?
- What does the Bible say about being gay?
- Does God endorse violence?
- How can I follow a God who would let Christians do such bad things?
- Is it wrong to doubt God?
- Is hell real? How could God send someone there?
- Can I do something so bad God won’t forgive me?
- Why do bad things happen to good people?
- Is sex outside marriage wrong?
- Why is it so awkward to talk about Jesus with my friends?
If you or your friends have ever asked any of these questions or even ones not listed here, come join us on Sundays at 9:00 am to journey with us as we look to answer them.
Many young people deal with more intense challenges to their faith in high school than ever before. In fact, research shows that at least five of every ten students will walk away from church and their faith post-graduation.
One of the reasons that many of these students say they walk away is because their church failed to engage difficult questions like the reliability of the Bible, evolution, and the exclusivity of Jesus.
Notice that it wasn’t that they disagreed with their church’s stance, but that they never addressed them at all.
Beginning Sunday, January 22, the Senior High class will start discussing these difficult topics. Our goal is to better equip them as Ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20) who are able to give an answer for the hope that is in them (1 Peter 3:15).
If you are a high school student and you have doubts or questions pertaining to ethics, morals, and religion, come join us at 9:00 am.
Not unwilling to tackle the messiest of topics, Pastor Diana talked with the youth class about sex this morning.
For review and further discussion, here is the material that we used:
The speaker is Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, founder of the Ruth Institute, which focuses on keeping the family together, protecting the rights of children and helping the millions of people who have been harmed by family breakdown. The lecture was delivered during Stand to Reason‘s Masters Series in Christian Thought program in 2007.