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Misc. Comments About this Series
Most teens who claim to be "saved," don't believe some of the most basic truths about the Bible. For each of the questions on the "true/false quiz," 50 - 70% of teens who claim to be "Bible believing Christians" would say that the statements were FALSE.
More information about this can be found on Josh McDowell's website, www.beyondbelief.com. He quotes various research statistics. The questions in the quiz are based on the research given in this resource:
Barna Research Group, "Third Millennium Teens" (Ventura, CA: The Barna Research Group Ltd, 1999), pg. 49.
[I am responsible for the wording of the questions given in the quiz, but they are based on the statistical data that is given in the research.]
Look up the Scripture passages, or at least part of them. You may wish to make a make a "hand out" that lists the verses and provides space for writing down what the verses say.
PARTS 3 and 4
These two overlap and you may wish to use them together. (This is how I originally used them.) The first question in Part 4 has a direct connection with the last statement in Part 3.
Part 3 focuses (briefly) on a wide number of issues, but has no "writing assignments." In contrast, Part 4 is mostly all "writing assignments" (as well as a challenge to apply to one's life what has been learned).
For Part 3, you should try to read and discuss some of the Scripture passages which are mentioned. You could also look for other verses on the topics, and make a hand-out on a separate page, so that these issues could be explored more in-depth. (Some, but not all, of the issues are included in the "Part 4" hand-out.)
The "Signs"Below are words for two signs - one claiming to be "genuine" and the other claiming to be a "fake." You can have people hold up the signs, and then ask something like, "Which sign represents what you would expect a "fake" to say?" Almost always, "fakes" claim to be "genuine," and they get offended when someone tries to warn them about what the Bible says.
I AM GENUINE
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I AM CONVINCED THAT I AM
Dennis Hinks © 2004