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.