All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons and daughters. 15 You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as his children. With this Spirit, we cry, “ Abba, Father. ” 16 The same Spirit agrees with our spirit, that we are God’s children. 17 But if we are children, we are also heirs. We are God’s heirs and fellow heirs with Christ, if we really suffer with him so that we can also be glorified with him.
This book is a well researched study of what attracts teenagers to the church and keeps them there. It provides a helpful description of the most effective ways that congregations and parents can build a faith in early teens that is not anti-instructional and that helps them value the church as a place of identity, belonging and growth.
This book builds on the story of how three churches are securing teens commitment to a church-oriented sense of faith rooted in their Christian traditions. It includes the voice of teens who are deeply committed as well as those who opt out. This text includes the best case scenario churches and the perceptions of parents regarding their older teen children in relation to spirituality, the church, and religion in general.
The result is a helpful description of the most effective ways that congregations and parents can build a faith in early teens that is not anti-institutional and that helps them value the church as a place of identity, belonging and growth.