We had a good night in Genesis last night with good numbers in attendance. We played games including a game where a number of introductions were played and the teams had to guess the music track. It was a good job that I was there bringing to bear my huge knowledge of contemporary music, though in reality I was about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
In a change to our usual format, instead of a talk, we distributed pieces of paper and invited people to write down any question that they wanted to ask. Since questions can be asked anonymously, it’s a really good window into where the group stands. The leaders then grouped the questions and attempted to answer them as best they could.
There was a category of question that could not be described as deep but nonetheless questions that need to be addressed. Questions like, ‘why is Phil so awesome?’, ‘who is the coolest, Tudor or James?’ and ‘is Dom really a goldfish?’ These are questions that can trouble young people and did our best to answer them.
There was another set of questions related to becoming a Christian. Questions like ‘how do you become a Christian?’ and others on a similar vein. It was encouraging to read these questions and seek to break down the answers to a simple faith. One of the best folk musicians of the twentieth century is Pete Seeger, he has said, “Any fool can make something complicated, it takes a genius to make it sound simple.” We are trying to strip out jargon words and communicate the gospel.
The final group of questions were ones that asked some of the really difficult questions of our faith. Some of our young people have a real level of spiritual maturity and are hungry for the ‘meat’ of the Word of God.
I’ve been involved in question sessions like this many times over the years both with older people and with youth groups. I am constantly amazed by the questions that young people ask. Good questions that need answers.
Please continue to pray for the Genesis group.