5 Things Your Christian Teens Need to Know About Their Faith
5 Things Christian Teens Need to Know About Their Faith
It seems like just yesterday your teen was a toddler playing in the back yard. Today, you look at them and realize that time is short and their launch from your home is coming soon. You want to make sure that they are not like so many teens who leave home and leave the faith. But how do you do that? What do they need to know to hang on to their faith as they begin their adult life?
Each teen is different but there are five things we can do to ensure they have the skills not only to keep their faith but have the tools and motivation to grow in their faith. The experts from College Jaguar acknowledge that all teens need to have these characteristics within them to survive in this society, since these cannot be taught in college but it matures inside as we grow.
Independent Bible Study Skills Teens Need
It is likely your teens have been in church for most of their lives. As a parent, we want to do a quick inventory and make sure they have the basics Bible study skills down before they leave home. This would include
- Understanding the Bible Timeline
- Interacting with the major characters and events
- Knowing basic Bible geography
- Practicing how to use Bible study tools
- Bible Dictionary
- Topical Bible
- Bible Concordance
- Bible Atlas
- Know how to ask the 5 W and 1 H questions of a Bible passage
Knowing the practical parts of Bible study is key to helping to launch our teens. Along with the knowledge they need to how to apply the Word to their lives.
Bible Application for Teens
Bible study can sometimes become merely an intellectual exercise, with the common challenge of discerning whether our teens are genuinely sharing from the heart or simply providing intellectual responses. To truly learn more about our teens’ understanding of the Word and its application in their lives, we need to go beyond the surface level. Encouraging them to think deeply and reflect on how the teachings of the Bible can be practically applied empowers them to connect their faith with real-life situations. This transformative approach not only strengthens their relationship with God but also fosters a genuine understanding of the Scriptures. Here are a few questions that they can ask after each Bible study.
- What did I learn about God’s Character from this passage?
- For example, we can see from Genesis 1 that God is Creator, but to go one step further, one of God’s character traits from Genesis 1 is that He is a God of order.
- Based upon what you have just studied, what action, attitude or belief do I need to change? We should never come away from God’s Word without taking an action, be that adjust our attitude, changing and action, or modifying a belief to better align with the Bible.
Applying what we have learned in the Bible is a life-long process that will help us to continue to grow in our faith. As your teens grow, they encounter those who believe differently and that is where apologetics comes in.
Apologetics for Teens
As we work through the knowledge and practice of Bible study, we also want to help our students begin to understand how Christianity differs from other major religions. Comparative religion is a class that you do want to before your teen leaves home. In our homeschool, we met one time with people of other faiths and allowed them to tell our teens their basic beliefs from their perspective. Then our teens were able to ask them directly about their beliefs. This allowed us to see where our teens needed extra help. If your teen is not ready for interviews, there are many books and videos on the market to help you teach your teen about the other major religions.
They need to be able to clearly understand
- How Christianity is the same
- How Christianity is different
- Terms used that are the same but have different meanings
Apologetics can be fun and deepen the faith of your teens as they see the amazing faith that has been passed down to us!
Mentors for Teens
As parents, we are the first mentors of our teens, but we want to have other mentors as well. When we were parents of young children we were advised by a wise older couple to pray and encourage our kids to have mentors. The kind of mentor you want for your teen is important.
Here are a few things we looked for in a mentor for our kids:
- Christians who actively lived their faith
- Someone of the same sex as the teen
- One who would give them the same advice we would
The last thing I will say about mentors is to give your children permission, verbally, to seek advice and develop relationships with others. You are never guaranteed a long life, and you want others who can come alongside your teen and young adult who will be a second parent to them when they don’t feel they can talk to you.
You Can Raise Godly Adults
Finally, continue to cover your teen in prayer. There is no magic formula, no sure what to help your teen successfully launch, but they can leave your home fully equipped.
At Grapevine, we help parents do the first two things on this list. There are great resources available for apologetics and comparative religions. Finding a mentor requires deliberate prayer and interaction within the Christian community.
Having four adult children, who are now college grads and have all maintained an active Christian walk into their thirties, it can be done. Your teen does not have to be a tragic statistic within Christianity. You can help them to launch confident, equipped, and ready to do the work the Lord has assigned them in this day. The world needs godly adults, and you can raise one!
Serving Him with Stick Figures,
Author, Grapevine Studies
Christian parents want their children to know the Bible, but often they don’t know where to start or have a plan? Grapevine Studies gives parents a method and a plan to teach the next generation the Bible. John and Dianna’s children are now grown and teaching their children using the Grapevine method.