The most Frequently Asked Questions from young people are about the big issues of life. This includes 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 viewpoint 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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- Is the Bible Relevant Today?
- Is the Bible True?
- Is there a Spiritual World? Angels and Fallen Angels
- What is God Like?
- Who is Jesus?
- Jesus Miracles - Did They Really Happen?
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 see if you can tell the difference, between a modern newspaper headline, and one that could have been written today!
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.
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Is there a Spiritual World? Angels and Fallen Angels
Angelology is a big part of New Age influence, as well as being part of Christian teaching. There are books and games on how to find your guardian angel. How much does the Bible tell us about the creation and nature of angels? Began as a response to a request from a church group, we broadened this resource to include New Age questions and widen the target group.
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Angels part 1
Part 2 Fallen angels
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.
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.
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Jesus Miracles: Did They Really Happen?
An apologetics outline with a practical application for Christian groups.
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