Young People Need The Bible

Does sharing the Gospel truth with young people today require a careful approach? While it may be the most effective way to communicate with some young people, it’s not always the right approach with others. In years of speaking to college aged kids, youth groups, and children of family friends, I have found that giving straight, scriptural answers to their questions most often produces a positive response.

When we address objections or confusion in a non-condescending way, with a heart felt and humble attitude, they will almost always appreciate and listen to information. It’s the Bible that commands the authority, not us. When Jesus spoke it was said of Him in Matthew 7:28-29, “the people were astonished at his doctrine. For he taught them as one having authority…”  

I have found that it’s important to first explain man’s predicament to young people. We must help them see that all people sin, and sin cannot exist in God’s presence. God is Holy and perfect, and we are corrupt in nature. There is no such thing as a person being good enough to get into heaven because we have all sinned, and God will not allow sin or evil into heaven.

My observations have shown me that this younger generation actually wants to know that there is a right and a wrong. They need to know that life is not governed by their feelings. Feelings can be deceiving, and humans can rationalize anything if it benefits us. We’ve got to put our trust in something secure, grounded, and unchanging. Feelings and emotions vary from person to person, where God’s Word on the other hand never waivers or changes. God’s Word must be our plumb line.

There should also be talk about consequences for actions. There are spiritual laws, such as the law of sin and death, the law of faith, and the law of sowing and reaping. These laws are just as effective as the physical laws, such as law of gravity, the law of lift, and the laws of thermodynamics.

Galatians 6:7 states, “A person will reap what they sow.”

If you give, you will receive, if you are friendly, you will have friends. If you show kindness, you will receive kindness. In contrast, if you look out only for yourself, no one will look out for you. If you are not honest in dealings, you will not be treated honestly in return. If you take from others, it will be taken from you, and the list goes on.

It would also be wise to take note of how Jesus talked about hell. He was direct, and clear, and didn’t pull any punches. He may even have sounded harsh, or abrupt to some. His pointed approach is what we should follow. He warned us all clearly where we will go if we deny Him because when a person loves someone, they warn them of danger. Jesus was very direct. He told us in Luke 13:3, “Unless a man repent, you shall all likewise perish.”

He said in Matthew 25:46, “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

He said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

He said to the most religious leaders of his day who, were hypocrites, “You are of your father the devil…How can you escape the damnation of hell. That’s pretty direct.

Sadly, most people, young and old, don’t heed the warnings of Jesus. Many of them don’t have a godly role model, or a parent teaching them that life is temporary, that Jesus died for them, and He made a way to escape a horrifying place called hell. Don’t miss an opportunity to share the life-saving Gospel with a young person God puts in your path. You may be surprised to find that they are eager to know what the Truth is.

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By Bill Wiese, author of 23 Minutes in Hell