Yesterday I was teaching on the foundations of a Worldview that enables a person to understand the significance of following Jesus. I know for some it seems elementary, but for teenagers today, there are so many different things in the world vying for their attention. And in America, most teenagers look at me and ask, "Why? Everything in my life is going well, Why should I follow Jesus? What has He done for me lately?"
It's unfortunate we live in a culture where the God of the Universe has to continually be lined up with the latest Billboard #1 on the pop charts, or the latest Will Ferrell movie; but some of these students have never had the chance to explore the foundations of the universe.
So yesterday, I started in John 1, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." You should have seen their eyes! Priceless! "WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT!"
But when I showed how John wrote a Gospel that started with an introduction that went all the way back to the beginning of time, and He was telling the people that everything they knew about God was about to multiply they began to soften a little.
When I told the "The WORD was made flesh and dwelt among us." (v.14) they started to engage. And when I tied in the fact the same God in the Beginning was responsible for the very creation of humanity, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness." (Gen 1:21) they were with me.
How necessary is the fact we dwell in God's creative beginning?
I believe the foundations of our theology begin with the verse, "In the Beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth." (Gen 1:1) And, even though there is a raging debate between science and faith as to how it all went down, one thing is for sure; without the Word, without the one who is "is before all things and in whom all things hold together" (Col. 2:19), the faith of Jesus followers is in serious trouble.
Today we're going to start talking about the Bible, the beginnings of our relationship and response to God, and our individual responsibilities to the world around us.
We love the fact this community is united in prayer around the globe. We need the covering of God's spirit, and I would love it if you took a few moments to think about lifting us up in prayer today.
Off to 200 teenagers. Until next time…