Evangelism and Christian Teens
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At the same time, the overwhelming majority of our teen evangelists are not strongly rooted in basic Christian belief about Jesus. For instance, while it's great that 50 percent of our Passionate Evangelists believe the Bible to be trustworthy, that also means that 50 percent of those evangelists have measurable doubts about God's Word. And while Passionate Evangelists are substantially more likely to be Confident Christians—that is, teens who express confident belief in four core Christian doctrines—only about 1 in 5 (19 percent) of these Christian evangelists expresses unshakeable faith in all four of these basic tenets of Christianity. Additionally, combining all groups of evangelists within our youth congregations reveals that barely 1 out of 4 (26 percent) is likely to share authentic Christian belief when engaged in evangelistic effort.
That's a concern—and it's primarily the problem of Christian parents and church leaders who are instructing these kids in the faith. We can be proud of these teens for being willing to stand up and talk about Jesus in often hostile cultural settings, but we must also become better disciplers who are helping our young evangelists experience and discover raw truth about Jesus. If we are successful in doing that, together we might just change the world.
Adapted from The Jesus Survey. Copyright © 2012 by Nappaland Communications. Used by permission of Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.