Despite how everything may seem to say otherwise, you are loved. You are more loved than you will ever know.
There is a lot of church language that we use in church and toss around. Among those words, the terminology surrounds salvation and "being saved" may be the one of the most common, but also most important. The foundation of the Christian faith is that the God of the world sent his son Jesus Christ to the earth to die and offer us this gift of salvation. When is this salvation for?
Belief is a word we often throw around in Christian circles, and it is not a bad thing. However, I believe there is a fundamental difference between believing and accepting. This difference may be subtle, but I think it is a huge part of our faith as we are following Christ. So what is the difference?
Last week, I was in a Christian bookstore when I saw Craig Groeschel's book The Christian Atheist. Now let me preface this by saying I have not read this book, but it caught my attention and had me thinking all day. Why is the pastor of the largest multi-site church in the country, Life.Church, writing a book about Christian atheists? Or even more, what is a Christian atheist? Because I would hazard to say that Christian atheism may be the most dangerous thing facing our church today.
You know what might be the WEIRDEST story in all of Scripture to me? The story in Luke 10 where Jesus sends out the 70. Jesus sends these 70 out with the command preach about the kingdom of God being near. When they return to Jesus they have great news! But Jesus sees something even greater than what any of them do...
To put it simply, we are to be encouraging each other. We are to build each other up, not tear each other down. We are to lift each other up, not erect walls that separate us. It is not wonder that encouragement is one of the spiritual gifts which Paul mentions in Romans 12:7-8.
While these attributes are on the radar screen now, the students are still young, and change is always in the wind. For now, however, it might do us some good pay attention to these six common characteristics of Generation Z: