Young people are leaving the Christian faith by the dozens. Why is this happening, and how can we engage them in a dialogue? Duffy Robbins is an author, speaker, and 35-year veteran of youth ministry. He joins Bill Arnold and shares tips for reaching our youth with the message of the gospel.
Bill and Duffy explore
• How Duffy came to faith
• Common obstacles to sharing the gospel with teens
• Why we need to teach young people to “carry their faith”
• How a driving lesson with his daughter showed Duffy the importance of sharing faith
• The pervasiveness of anger in the current generation
• The importance of connecting teenagers with other generations in the body of Christ
Duffy shares how he describes God when he interacts with young people.
“He cares about our lives because He loves us. Real-life teenage discipleship requires that we put childish thinking away. If in our youth groups we’re not doing that, we might be having a whale of a time but we’re not meeting our mission objectives.”
How can parents engage with their teens?
“Way louder than your words – is your life. Your first responsibility is to model the love of the Father. Ultimately that’s going to be a lot more persuasive. We want to levy these rules – without relationship it’s going to cause problems. Some truths are just too big – you can’t communicate them with just words. God understood we would never really get it if He didn’t come to this planet and live in our midst. If we really want our kids to learn this stuff it has to be through relationships.”
Key Scriptures: 1 Timothy 4:12
Featured Songs: Let Them See You by JJ Weeks Band; Jesus Friend of Sinners by Casting Crowns; I Am by David Crowder