Ok, let’s say I want to talk to my grandma in Florida, to ask for advice about something. So I just start shouting out loud, “Hi Grandma. How’s your back feeling? Hey got a question for you. How did you deal with your kids when they were young?” If you saw me screaming these things, knowing my grandma was in Florida, you probably would refer me to a good doctor or counselor, or run the other way until you couldn’t hear the crazy man screaming anymore.
Sound crazy? Well, let me ask you this. What is the primary way we gain advice, we learn, we can hear the Word of God. Sunday school answer: Moses. Incorrect, try another Sunday school answer: THE BIBLE! Did you know as many as 67% of teens do not read their Bible? Now that’s crazy. The most significant way God chooses to communicate with us, and our young people choose to ignore it. That is as crazy as trying to talk to grandma in Florida by screaming as loud as you can in Ohio! It’s mad crazy!
So how can we get them from crazy to reading? Here are 4 ways that come to mind:
- Gideons Know What’s Up – I’m curious if this percentage would go down if we got Bibles in their hands. Gideon International is able to put a Bible in every hotel in the country, but there are teens in your student ministry that don’t have one. A travesty! Go here or here, type in Bible and have fun. BUY them a Bible. There is no better use for your youth budget than to use it on purchasing a Bible for someone who does not own one. Make it a nice one too, I just bought 2 purple and 2 pink Bibles today…those boys are gonna love them!
- Um, It’s Pretty Important – When was the last time you taught on the importance of the Bible. How bout sharing a story of the pilgrims on the Mayflower, and how one of the few things they brought over to the New World was a Bible! They risked sickness, their lives, their family…but they wouldn’t risk losing their Bible. It’s time our students understand the importance of the Bible…the history of those that risked their lives to get it in print. It is taken WAY for granted now.
- Rewards are Good – Everybody loves gifts, presents…rewards, right? Well, your students need to know what rewards come from reading the Bible. Rewards like a closer relationship with the Creator God, guidance in their daily decisions, a clear picture of the Will of God for their life, a description of the gospel story…and much more!
- Better Than a Cell Phone – This is how God communicated to you! I want to scream this so people in Florida can hear me! Seriously, this is the primary God has chosen to reveal Himself to us, and there are so many that choose to ignore it. No more!