Learning to Love God

Primary Goal

To help high school youth have a strong Christian faith and learn to love God more deeply and live for God more faithfully—during and after high school.

This Lesson Series …

  1. Introduces the concept of a “worldview” as a powerful and practical tool to help develop committed and consistent Christ-followers.
  2. Offers a strong foundation in basic Christian beliefs.
  3. Explains the core beliefs of Christianity in the context of other world religions and different Christian denominations.
  4. Surveys and evaluates major non-Christian worldviews.
  5. Provides a persuasive case for the truth of Christianity.
  6. Empowers Christian students to share their faith more confidently and more effectively.

Each lesson provides EVERYTHING YOU NEED

  • Video lessons (each about 20 minutes, typically divided in two parts).
  • A Leader Guide with detailed lesson outlines and specific instructions.
  • A Student Guide to use during and after each lesson.
  • A Parent Guide to create valuable conversation and enjoyable experiences with their high school student.
  • Kahoot quizzes for review and fun.

Each Lesson has these Sections

  • Let’s Kickoff:  Introductory questions or activities.
  • Let’s Learn:  The main video teaching (about 20 minutes divided into at least two parts).
  • Let’s Interact:  Discussion questions that prompt reflection and interaction.
  • Let’s Do Something:  Suggested activities for students to apply the lesson during the week.
  • Let the Spirit Speak:  A list of Scriptures and devotional thoughts to use during the week.
  • Let’s Go Deeper:  A list of recommended relevant resources (e.g., online articles and videos).

Availability

  • This 24-week lesson series is being tested in a megachurch during 2022. Based on input from youth leaders, it will be revised and then made available to all churches.

Learning to Love God in a World of Options

Part One orients students to the concept of “worldview” and offers an introduction to the God of the Bible who is worthy of our love and worship. It provides a basic framework for Christian theology.

Part One: Learning to Love the God of the Bible

  1. Learning to Love Others—and God

  2. The Worldview Tool

  3. God: The GOAT of the Universe

  4. God’s Love Story

  5. God as Powerful Creator

  6. God as Incarnate Savior

Part Two further develops key concepts of Christian theology within the context of world religions and Christian history. It helps to show why some perspectives cannot rightly be viewed as “Christian”; and it also shows that there can be understandable, and even acceptable, differences among genuine Christians.

Part Two: Loving God in A World of Religious Confusion

  1. Christianity and Other Religions

  2. Christianity and Different Denominations

  3. God is All Powerful and All Knowing 

  4. God, Pain, and Pandemics (available as a sample)

  5. A God of Truth and Grace

  6. God, Morality, and Sexuality

Part Three returns to the comprehensive concept of worldview and uses this tool to understand and evaluate non-Christian worldviews. Different non-Christian worldviews will be examined based on their respective views of God, the universe, and humanity.

Part Three: Non-Christian Worldview Options

  1. Different Worldviews: An Overview

  2. Deism & Secular Humanism: Emphasis on Reason

  3. Nihilism: The Dive Into Despair

  4. Existentialism: Emphasis on Feelings

  5. Pantheism and New Age: Everything is One

  6. Syncretism, Pluralism, and Relativism: Whatever!

Part Four helps students recognize that the Christian worldview is true and better than any worldview alternative. The Christian worldview provides a better basis for our deepest moral intuitions and demands, a better interpretation of the existence of the universe and life itself, and a better explanation of Jesus and the Bible.

Part Four: The Christian Worldview: A Better Explanation and Way of Life

  1. Meaning, Morality, and Social Justice

  2. Christianity and Science

  3. Jesus and His Resurrection: The Gospels

  4. Jesus and His Resurrection: The New Testament

  5. The Bible:  The Authority of the Books

  6. The Bible:  The Reliability of the Manuscripts

Meet the Team

Dr. Richard Knopp

Video presenter and lesson writer Richard Knopp (MA, MDiv, PhD), Director of Room For Doubt

Dr. Zach Breitenbach

Lesson writer Zach Breitenbach (MBA, MA, PhD), Associate Director of Room For Doubt

Hannah Brimner

Lesson editor Hannah Brimner (BA, MA), Technology Specialist at Room For Doubt