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How to Help Students Learn To Be Wise

Digging Deep Into Theology

The chatter out there in youth ministry circles might lead you to believe that your teenagers aren’t interested in digging deep into theological topics. But when 25,000 teenagers across North America were asked, “Which of the following topics would you most like to learn more about at church?” the survey results point to a different conclusion. From a list of 30 topics, the top 10 might surprise (and encourage) you. In order of teen interest, the top 10 were:

  1. Why does God allow evil in this world?
  2. If Jesus is the only way to heaven, are all other religions wrong?
  3. How does God judge those who have never heard the gospel?
  4. What is the Great Commission [at D2S we call it THE Cause], and how does it relate to me?
  5. How do I share [defend] my faith?
  6. Is there a real heaven and hell, and what are they like?
  7. What does it mean to have the power and presence of the Holy Spirit?
  8. What is truth, and can I know it with certainty?
  9. Who is the Holy Spirit, and what does He do?
  10. Is there a judgment day, and what difference should it make in my life?

Notice that the vast majority of these top 10 topics teens were most interested in learning more about play a central role in being motivated and equipped to share their faith with others. For lessons on each of these questions (and more), check out Dare 2 Share’s Youth Group 2 Go product line. Each downloadable lesson in this series addresses a core theological question and comes infused with a Gospel Advancing practical application that helps student unpack what difference the answer to this questions should make in their day-to-day life as they walk with Jesus.

Creating a discipling youth ministry culture where tough questions are welcomed and explored will help your Gospel Advancing Ministry thrive. Help your students navigate the firehose of information bombarding them each day by teaching them the skills that take them beyond information to godly wisdom.

This article originally appeared here.