A special memory from my years doing jail ministry:
I was leading a Bible study with incarcerated teens. There was a new kid in my group—he’d just turned 14. The others were 17. Three years is a big difference with teenagers.
The older guys in the group had already come to Christ and were growing in their faith. I was impressed with their kindness toward Carlos who had never before opened a Bible.
Right off he asked me, “How do you know the Bible’s true?”
“You have asked an important question, Carlos. After all, who am I? Just because I say the Bible is true, does not prove that it is. That’s why I always bring with me, some helpful information that gives us some reliable evidence.”
Together we examined some pages of evidence:
- The archaeological findings that substantiate the Bible’s truths
- The scientific evidence
- The historical evidence
- The fulfilled prophecies—made hundreds of years before they were fulfilled
- The indestructibility of the Bible—for thousands of years there have been many attempts to destroy it, but the Dead Sea Scrolls found in 1947 were proof the Old Testament writings are the very same today as when they were written.
- Finally, we see the evidence of changed lives in the followers of Jesus.
At this point the older teens began to share how Jesus had changed their lives. Older teenagers can have a profound influence on younger ones. That, plus the Holy Spirit! Fifty minutes later Carlos made a decision to give his life to Jesus.
- All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
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