This Easter, most churches will share the story of Jesus rising from the dead with the children in their ministry.
But in the culture kids are growing up in today, I don’t believe that is enough.
Today’s kids want to know WHY we believe that Jesus rose from the dead.
46 percent of Gen Z (today’s kids) say they need factual evidence to support their beliefs.
24 percent say the teaching they are exposed to is shallow.
27 percent say the church is not a safe place to express doubts.
Wow! Do you see that? Almost have of the kids sitting in your church on Easter Sunday want to see factual evidence that Jesus rose from the dead.
Like never before, we must take kids on a deeper dive and help them see the facts that prove Jesus rose from the dead.
Sorry, they’re not just going to take your word for it. They want to grapple with the facts, reports and historical evidence and come to their own conclusion. And guess what? That’s a good thing. Because they will come out on the other side with a faith that is real and can withstand the attacks of doubt, skepticism and humanism.
In fact, I believe one reason we’ve seen so many kids walk away from the faith is because we’ve given them shallow teaching that resulted in a shallow faith.
This Easter, it is critical that we help kids examine the evidence surrounding the resurrection, so they can decide for themselves if they believe it.
This is why I developed a lesson called CSI…Christ SceneInvestigation. In this lesson, kids get an in-depth look at the resurrection claim and closely examine it. From this, they gain a deeper understanding of why we believe Jesus rose from the dead.
Kids examine the evidence surrounding…
- the soldiers and disciples at the tomb
- the testimonies of the men who gave their lives for their belief in the resurrection
- the many other witnesses who saw Jesus after He rose
- the evidence at the tomb
- and much more…
The lesson goes on and shares that through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, our sins can be forgiven and we can have a relationship with God.
Of course, the content is delivered in a format that engages kids with hands on activities, games, skits, video, problem solving and much more. Kids also get an evidence recorder booklet that guides them through the examination of the facts.
I’d like to invite you to join me this Easter in taking kids on a journey to examine the facts of the resurrection. It is critical that we do so if we are going to see kids develop a genuine faith.
This article originally appeared here.