Faith, God, Spiritual Life, Theology

Building A Firm Foundation

January 7, 2014

In 2005 a sociologist by the name of Christian Smith interviewed over 3,000 teens and young adults on the subject of religion beliefs. When he concluded his study he found that the majority of the teens he spoke with had no idea how to articulate why they believed what they believed, or even if the believed it at all. He was quoted saying, “To the extent that the teens we interviewed did manage to articulate what they understood and believed religiously, it became clear that most religious teenagers either do not really comprehend what their own religious traditions say they are supposed to believe, or they do understand it and simply do not care to believe it. Either way, it is apparent that most religiously affiliated U.S. teens are not particularly interested in espousing and upholding the beliefs of their faith traditions, or that their communities of faith are failing in attempts to educate their youth, or both.”

The last part of that quote is what struck a chord in us. If we, AGLM, are a faith community, then it is our job to help in educating you in matters of faith and The Word so that you can have a clear understanding of why you believe what you believe, and more importantly, if you believe it at all. This brings us to our first series of the new year.

For the first few months, Kelly, Kelsey and I are going to address basic and foundational questions and truths every believer should know and understand. These are not the touchy feely questions like “How can the Bible tell me if I’m dating the right guy?” These are straight up, basic truths that if you call yourself a child of God, you need to know where you stand and why you stand there on the topics.

Now we aren’t theologians. All three of us have done our time in Bible college, but we certainly aren’t scholars. If for anything, we’ll be learning right along with you. Our desire is that by then end of the series you would be able to know why we as believers believe what we do, as well as being able to say that you believe them as well.

So join us will you? Join us on an adventure to know God deeper and fall in love with Him and His word in new and exciting ways.

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  • Jeffy January 7, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I’m joining in. I’d love to deepen my faith, but sometimes I don’t know how or where to start.

  • Lisa January 7, 2014 at 11:28 am

    awesome…looking forward to this!!!

  • Meghan January 7, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Excited to learn more! Thanks for writing about this! : )

  • A Worn Girl January 7, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Ready for the journey. It’s what I’ve been needing! Love you all.

  • Emo Girl January 8, 2014 at 5:26 am

    I’m praying right now for tenth avenue north.

    Dear Jesus,

    I pray right now that Tenth avenue north would truly see the hurting in people…would truly love them for who they are. I pray that they will truly pray for the hurting people that came along in their touring life. i also pray right now that they wouldn’t reacts one others harshly based on their messed up life. I pray right now that they would truly see that they are trying hard. maybe some of them are suffering depression, cutting, drinking, suicide, or etc… but i pray that the band would see that they are trying and they are trying to change. i pray that that they would lift them up when it comes to believing in jesus. some of them may be on the death door…just waiting to die. I pray that Mike Donehey would show how much he truly care for one another. I pray that he would see that everyone is trying to cling on to jesus but sometimes their situation may be hardest thing to control. i pray that mike donehey would see that just because everyone smile, doesn’t mean they are fine. that is my prayer for them.

  • Connie Almony (@ConnieAlmony) January 8, 2014 at 7:53 am

    I love this idea. I would have to say, had I been interviewed at that time of my life, I would have fit that definition above. It led to a slow degeneration of faith and a lot of wasted years. But God redeemed me … and those years. He will use it all. But my prayer is that you all will succeed in your goal to prevent others from the wasted years I suffered. Thanks!!!

  • Holly January 13, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    As a youth director at a small church in small town Midwest: ouch. But 1000% true from the group I work with. Problem is…how do you get teens to actually want to connect with their faith?

  • dece January 22, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I’m so excited for the topics this year! Indeed, some churches ‘fail’ to educate, that is, the word should be explained more so that everyone, not only the teens, will really grasp and understand fully the Word. Knowledge is useless without understanding and wisdom.