A friend of mine once asked “what do you plan to do to the Bible to make it attractive to young people these days” I said “teach it” and he laughed!
When I read the following as part of David Robertson’s latest article it reminded me of that whole conversation…
“Once I was sitting in our church hall waiting for a children’s party to finish. An older man sat beside me and promptly informed me that he was an ‘elder in the Kirk’, in a village not too far from Dundee. “Our minister disna believe in teaching all that bible stuff” he proudly proclaimed, “it disna attract the young people”. Given that he was blissfully unaware of who I was, I could not resist the temptation! “Really? Perhaps you could help me with a problem? How many young people go to your church”. “Eh…none”. “Well that’s my problem. You see this church does believe in teaching the bible. They have a 30-40 minute sermon twice every Sunday. And they have 100 plus young people. But your minister doesn’t teach the bible because it does not attract the young people and yet it attracts none”.”
Paul writes in 1 Cor 1 v 17 “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.”
Have a read, it’s true, and it has been such a blessing to live and breathe it for the last 4 years since leaving teaching – no regrets. Something to think about…”your minister doesn’t teach the bible because it does not attract the young people and yet it attracts none”