Experiencing Truth Into a Culture of Doubt

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Experiencing Truth Into a Culture of Doubt

  1. 1. Experiencing Truth in a Culture of Doubt
  2. 2. Over the past chunk of years... ✤ “I have doubts but I still have faith”! ! ! ✤ “I have doubt so therefore I cannot have faith.”
  3. 3. Safety as a Value
  4. 4. Safety as a Value Safety = creating an atmosphere where there is no ! question students are too afraid to ask.
  5. 5. SORRY, YES YOU HAVE TO
  6. 6. ✤ You have to find out if they doubt!
  7. 7. ✤ You have to find out if they doubt!! ✤ You have to find out what they doubt!
  8. 8. ✤ You have to find out if they doubt!! ✤ You have to find out what they doubt!! ✤ You have to tell them you know they doubt!
  9. 9. ✤ You have to find out if they doubt!! ✤ You have to find out what they doubt!! ✤ You have to tell them you know they doubt!! ✤ You have to tell them it’s ok and that it doesn’t freak you out!
  10. 10. How an Atheist Student Came to Give the Benediction at Big Boy Church...
  11. 11. How an Atheist Student Came to Give the Benediction at Big Boy Church... Simply, in terms of our ! community and ministry,! NOTHING WAS EVER OFF LIMITS FOR HIM
  12. 12. We need to provide meaningful belonging before we can expect belief.
  13. 13. New Definition of Success... Are you moving forward in your faith?
  14. 14. Small Groups. Every. Time.
  15. 15. Small Groups. Every. Time. ✤ To Know & Be Known
  16. 16. Small Groups. Every. Time. ✤ To Know & Be Known ✤ Safe space to ask questions, dialogue & wrestle with faith
  17. 17. Small Groups. Every. Time. ✤ To Know & Be Known ✤ Safe space to ask questions, dialogue & wrestle with faith! ✤ They develop trust and mutual understanding with an adult.
  18. 18. Having multiple, trusted adult voices allows them to connect a whole host of people that love, accept and respect them... to God.
  19. 19. OK- they’re safe. So how do we fix them? (don’t actually try to fix them) ✤ Know your Sh&*!
  20. 20. OK- they’re safe. So how do we fix them? (don’t actually try to fix them) ✤ Know your Sh&*! ! ✤ Know the narrative story of redemption in Scripture! ✤ But know more!
  21. 21. OK- they’re safe. So how do we fix them? (don’t actually try to fix them) ✤ Know your Sh&*! ! ✤ Don’t water down what is presented!! ✤ use explicit & direct language
  22. 22. OK- they’re safe. So how do we fix them? (don’t actually try to fix them) ✤ Know your Sh&*! ! ✤ Don’t water down what is presented!! ✤ Teaching “Rightness” more than an end-goal prayer
  23. 23. This Jesus thing is not about just going to Heaven when we die, but it is about being to this world what Jesus was the world.
  24. 24. OK- they’re safe. So how do we fix them? (don’t actually try to fix them) ✤ Know your Sh&*! ! ✤ Don’t water down what is presented!! ✤ Teaching “Rightness” more than an end-goal prayer! ✤ Experiences matter. Be a Tour Guide.
  25. 25. Be a Tour Guide ✤ Students exist in a culture of:! ✤ IMMEDIACY &! ✤ DISPOSABILITY.
  26. 26. OK- they’re safe. So how do we fix them? (don’t actually try to fix them) ✤ Know your Sh&*! ! ✤ Don’t water down what is presented!! ✤ Teaching “Rightness” more than an end-goal prayer! ✤ Experiences matter. Be a Tour Guide.! ✤ Lift up progress over perfection.
  27. 27. Experiencing Truth in a Culture of Doubt

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