The Sunday Message

Do not let anyone treat you as if you are unimportant because you are young. Instead, be an example to the believers with your words, your actions, your love, your faith, and your pure life.1 Timothy 4:12 (NCV)

Pew Research released a new study in which they found that the United States is becoming less religious. Here’s the key point:

Is the American public becoming less religious? Yes, at least by some key measures of what it means to be a religious person. An extensive new survey of more than 35,000 U.S. adults finds that the percentages who say they believe in God, pray daily and regularly go to church or other religious services all have declined modestly in recent years.

One thing in the study that stood out to me is that a significant group of people are staying away from organized faith.

A lot of people in the millennial generation don’t belong to an organized faith according to Pew. That group includes those people born in the early 1980s to the early 2000s so if my math is correct those are people around the ages of 15-35 years of age.

When I was a teenager I was invited to a youth group. I attended it for a year or so and it helped me significantly learn to cope with the trials and tribulations of being a teenager.

I believe that programs for youth and young adults (especially teens) in churches are very important. The teenage years are tough and it’s important that these young people have somewhere to go where there’s a friendly face. These people will become our leaders of tomorrow.

Have a great week!

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