Beliefs and Big Issues page image; resources for youth

The most Frequently Asked Questions from young people are about the big issues of life, particularly creation, the existence of God, purpose, suffering, what happens when we die and other religions . There is also confusion about Jesus, and whether the Bible is reliable or even relevant today.  Even if you have a strong Christian group, they need to know how to answer such questions with friends and face challenges to their faith when older.

Some of these topics have different Christian viewpoints. How do you deal with this when there is still fierce debate? Do you present one view point or several? What attitude do you encourage towards those of a different opinion?  All challenging questions for leaders. We can at least start to help them to engage with these key questions of life and it is good for them to know that we can agree to disagree on some matters. 

Short video clip answers by key speakers on many of these questions can be found on https://www.rebootglobal.org/

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Content:

  • Is the Bible True?
  • Is the Bible Relevant Today?
  • Is there a Spiritual or Supernatural World?
  • What is God Like?
  • Who is Jesus?
  • Jesus Miracles - Did They Really Happen?

 

To come

  • What Happens When You Die?
  • Creation and Science
  • Suffering
  • Other religions
Is the Bible True? Youth resource
Is the Bible True?

To show that the Bible is true and relevant, rather than just talking about it is so important. These interactive resources take a fresh look at the text and encourage young people to think about these questions for themselves. 

 

Image credit: The signpost: Nicole Davison

Is the Bible Relevant Today? Youth resource
Is the Bible Relevant Today? Youth resource
Is the Bible Relevant Today?

Get beyond the cultural differences and you will find that people over the centuries have an amazing amount in common.  The newest updates are nearly 2000 years old and the original core is around 3,500 years old.  But try if you can, to tell the difference between a modern newspaper headline and one that could have been written today! 

Angels & the Spiritual World: youth resource
Is there a Spiritual World?  Angels 

Western culture has become more sceptical about the existence of God but the popularity of psychic fairs and  guardian angel charms shows the interest in the supernatural.  Most religions recognise the existence of a spiritual world.  How much does the Bible tell us about the creation and nature of angels? What is truth and what is myth?  Began as a response to questions from a church group we broadened this resource to include New Age issues. The viewpoint here is that angels and demons are spiritual beings created by God - some in alliance with him, others in rebellion against him.

 

What is God Like? Image by beate bachmann from Pixabay
What is God Like?

How would you describe colour to someone who had been born blind?  It’s rather like that for us trying to ‘see’ and understand God.  We cannot describe God accurately because he is beyond anything we have ever seen or experienced. God reveals himself in various ways.  The Bible also uses images and ideas which relate to things which are within our experience.

Opposite are some activities on this theme.  The leaders notes are currently being edited.

Who is Jesus?

Was he real? What have people said about him, both during his life and now? What claims did he make about himself?  Can we see him as just a good teacher or was he something else?

This is a games based approach to the topic leading towards a serious reflection at the end. The quizzes can be played without the PowerPoint by using cards. 

Image: complication from clip art via Microsoft

Jesus Miracles - Did They Happen? Could there be other explanations for the miracles of Jesus and do miracles still happen today?
Jesus Miracles: Did They Really Happen?

An apologetics outline with a practical application for Christian groups.

 

Resources to download

Jesus' Miracles - Did They Happen? - Plan

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