Barna research recently organized a massive survey of 24,870 teens aged 13-17 from 26 countries. These youth are from various faiths and some had no religious affiliation. While only 1 in 10 teens fell into the category of “Bible engaged” (reading it more than once weekly), 62% of all teens were considered “open” holding a positive or neutral view of the book. The majority of teens, even those who are not Christian or religious, describe the Bible as holy or important. Unfortunately the survey indicated ‘relevant’ and ‘enjoyable’ were the words they would least associate with Scripture. This next generation cares much more if the Bible is effective in promoting good than whether or not it is true. One of the most encouraging insights of this study was that Bible engaged teens have a distinct edge when it comes to holding positive perspectives. Bible engaged teens had high correlation experiencing joy and satisfaction, confidence in being future leaders and are more likely to feel they can make a positive impact in the world. The research spotlights great opportunities for parents and our spiritual mentors on how we can support youth. Bible studies that address racial injustice, poverty, political corruption, mental health and global climate crisis will demonstrate the relevancy and meaning the Bible offers to today’s young people. Providing time for teens to talk about what is in the Bible with an adult who can coach them how to understand it would address some of the barriers of distraction and uncertainty. OAC is delighted to have dedicated volunteers who are serving to provide space for teens and youth to study, question and discuss what’s in the Bible. Starting October 22nd at 10am Saturday mornings will now include breakout groups for middle-school and highschool students. Keep praying for our youth and encourage them to attend. Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.