This sermon series was drafted in response to an article written by the Barna Group entitiled "Six Reasons Young Christians Leave Church". Over the next 7 weeks we will navigate and discover together what God's word has to say about each of those 6 reasons. Would you join us?
July 22nd: Culture, July 29th: Meaning, August 5th: Science, August 12th not part of series, August 19th: Sex, August 26th: Doubt, and September 2nd: Money.
We will be holding a panel for Q & A on September 12th at our Gathering Space 7pm 400 N. Swinton Ave
Join us 10 am Sunday mornings Atlantic High School 2455 W. Atlantic Ave. D.B. 33445
What about god and money: 9-2-18 we apologize but this sermon was not recorded.
What about god and doubt: Full Sermon
Sermon 8-26-2018 Casey Cleveland
Reason #5 – The church feels unfriendly to those who doubt.
Young adults with Christian experience say the church is not a place that allows them to express doubts. Some of the perceptions in this regard include not being able “to ask my most pressing life questions in church” (36%) and having “significant intellectual doubts about my faith” (23%).
What about god and sex: Full Sermon
Sermon 8-19-2018 Casey Cleveland
Reason #4 – Young Christians’ church experiences related to sexuality are often simplistic, judgmental. One-sixth of young Christians (17%) said they “have made mistakes and feel judged in church because of them.”
WHAT ABOUT GOD AND Sex: 10 Minute recap
August 19th, 2018
making jesus our greatest treasure
August 12th, 2018 mitch thompson
WHAT is your treasure? 10 Minute recap
August 12th, 2018
What about god and Science: Full Sermon
August 5th, 2018 Casey Cleveland
Reason #3 – Churches come across as antagonistic to science. Three out of ten young adults with a Christian background feel that “churches are out of step with the scientific world we live in” (29%). Another one-quarter embrace the perception that “Christianity is anti-science” (25%).
WHAT ABOUT GOD AND Science: 10 Minute recap
August 5th, 2018
What about god and meaning: Full Sermon
July 29th, 2018 Casey Cleveland
Reason #2 – Teens’ and twentysomethings’ experience of Christianity is shallow. A second reason that young people depart church as young adults is that something is lacking in their experience of church. One-third said “church is boring” (31%)
WHAT ABOUT GOD AND MEANING: 10 Minute recap
JULY 29th, 2018
What about god and Culture: Full Sermon
July 22nd, 2018 Casey Cleveland
Reason #1 – Churches seem overprotective. "One-quarter of 18- to 29-year-olds said “Christians demonize everything outside of the church” (23% indicated this “completely” or “mostly” describes their experience)." The Barna Group