This weekend I'm teaching students on the question "Can we know that God exists?"  Tough topic, to be sure!  In my preparation I sat down today and watched the pilot for the Discovery Channel's new show "Curiosity" featuring Stephen Hawking answering a similar question.

Of course, Hawking's final thesis was that no, God does not exist.  Though I think the guy is INSANELY brilliant, I could go on and on about why I think his logic on this is flawed (check out my Facebook statuses from earlier today!).  But more importantly than that, I was reminded how important it is for us in YM to help our students navigate through some of the conflicting ideas that are out there regarding the existence of God and our ability to know Him.

I know it can be intimidating for the average youth minister to teach or lead discussions on this topic.  But take heart!  There are lots of great resources out there for you.  One of my new favorites that I led a group of middle school, high school, and college students through early this year is called True U: Does God Exist.

This is a fantastic video-based study that our students absolutely loved!  WARNING - some of the information can go a little over a middle schooler's (or a youth pastor's!) head, but I told my students to not worry about the information as much as the ideas.  Go for the big picture stuff, so to speak.  Check out the trailer below for True U and click right here to check out the website.

This is really important stuff - ask your students what conflicting worldviews they face when it comes to the existence of God, and then help them strengthen their faith by talking about and teaching on those issues!
 


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08/19/2011 19:01

Used this DVD curriculum last year. In our year end surveys many students talked greatly about the impact it had on them! Great stuff!

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08/25/2011 19:24

The video curriculum looks great. Never heard of it, definitely going to check it out for our small groups!

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Philip Orellano
08/27/2011 20:18

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09/02/2011 07:36

Phil - it is great! We did a combined youth/college group with this curriculum, and it was great, even though it was a little over most of our younger middle schoolers' heads.

Benjer - definitely check it out! It's really great, just make sure to break down some of the information in to a few big ideas for talking points with your students.

Thanks for the comments you all!

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09/08/2011 07:54

We had a great discussion about "Does God Exist" last time at Youth Group--couldn't believe the excitement and need for this discussion.

This coming Sunday: "Which Is Right: Creation or Evolution."

We're using the "13 Questions about God" series as a jump-start. The discussions, I think, will have a life of their own.

I'm excited!

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09/12/2011 11:50

Becky - that's awesome! So funny too - I just used a few lessons out of that book for our Sunday morning Bible studies over the last few weeks - we actually springboarded into our current study (on world religions) out of the lesson on what sets Jesus apart from Mohammed or Buddha. Good stuff - keep up the great work with your kids!

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