A Thomas Nelson Ministry Resource: Youth No. 1

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Nelson: Why, Jay, is i! important to reach kids with God’s Word?

JK: If we start with the idea that man is God’s creation, then we realize that God desires to and has spoken to man through both his written word and the visit of His son, Jesus Christ, to the earth. Logically speaking then, if in fact the scheme that man is God’s creation is true, there can be nothing more important than trying to learn and understand what God has said. So the Bible becomes, in a sense, the most important book in the history of mankind.

No Bible publisher or other person interested in promoting the Bible could over-emphasize the words of the Bible if indeed it is what we believe to be the Word of God to a world. Think of the time it saves us to have had God look in at the human condition and speak on the nature of the world, of man himself, of our inner relationships, of knowing each other, of repairing relationships, of forgiveness. All this and so much more—an invaluable education—is available to man if we study the Bible.
The Bible gives us a place to begin, and a place to stand in the world. It is the written unmoveable Word of God on which we can build all the rest of the superstructure of civilization. Without it, we have no foundation upon which to lay the bricks.

Nelson: As Christians we accept the Bible as the Word of God and the focal point around which we build our lives, yet we seem to have real difficulty sharing God’s Word with others, and especially different generations of others. Why do you suppose for parents and older Christians it is difficult to reach out to teenagers with God’s Word?

JK: I once looked up the word “preach” and found it defined, “to deliver a boring lecture, to give moral advice, especially in a tiresome way.” ...

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