Last month, the Barna Group reviled the results of their 2016 Teen State of the Bible research. If you have a few extra moments, I’d recommend reading over the full results. There are many positive responses that can encourage us, but here are a few that may renew our resolve to help kids understand the Bible.
- Half of teens say the Bible contains factual/historical errors.
- About 1 in 3 teens say the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life.
- Only 47 percent of teens say the Bible is a source of hope.
That’s a simplified look at the minds of teens when it comes to the Bible. Now, let’s look at what a preteen mind can comprehend about the Bible. (These come from Lifeway’s Levels of Biblical Learning, something that our leaders are being equipped with as they reach our kids.)
- The truths in the Bible are without error and will last forever.
- The Bible is God’s message about Himself and God’s plan for salvation.
- The Bible is the only inspired, written Word of God.
- The Bible teaches that salvation through Jesus is God’s gift of forgiveness.
- The Bible teaches how to live a Christian life by following Jesus.
Parents, help your preteens understand these concepts. Make Bible reading a special time in your home!