He is Raising Up a New Generation
Generation Z? Who is generation Z and what do we need to know about them today?
I have heard quite a bit about the millennial generation. The good and the bad. Although, until today, I haven’t heard Generation Z as a term.
Without even knowing it what they were called, I know many young people who fall into this category. I teach a youth class and my son-in-law is a youth pastor. Some of you prefer toddlers to teens, but I love tweens & teens…some days more than others, but you know what I mean 😊
It blesses my heart to see them grow from ‘children’ to ‘young adults’ and learning to own their faith because they believe it, not because we tell them to.
According to an article in the New York Times, children born from 1996-2010 are coined ‘Generation Z’.
5 INTERESTING FACTS about GENERATION Z:
1-Gen Z is the 1st born into smart phones & social media
2-Safety has greatly influenced the parenting of this generation because of 9/11
3-This generation grew up in the recession and war
4-Gen Z is much more private after seeing Millenials reveal all through social media
5-Risky Behaviors Survey from CDC says high schoolers drinking at least once has declined to 66% from 86% in 1991 and of this age who never/rarely wearing seatbelt has declined to 8% from 26% in 1991
The article quoted someone as saying this Generation Z is shaping up to be minded more like their grandparents or great grandparents who came up in the war and depression era. More realistic thinking, more frugal, more inventive in ways to attain a goal.
God is raising up some warriors in this generation and I want to introduce you to just a few of them. eek...I'm so excited!
These young ladies are wise beyond their years. They have a love for Jesus. They have a fire in their heart for Him. These girls have come up in a time where they heard, or saw, what living in a daily relationship with Jesus was. They listened. They asked. They watched, and then they wanted it for themselves. They are walking with, not just talking about Jesus.
God is raising up a generation who is not ashamed. I see this group strong and assured in ways I haven't seen before. They express this heavenly relationship openly and in a way that truly influences the world around them.
He is raising up a generation of boldness. They look past colors and cultures. A generation who sees Jesus as the point of focus, not which church building you attend or which music you choose.
Y’all! I am already seeing amazing things happening! I am privileged to know many young ladies that fall into this group and a few and I am excited to share some of their heart with you! I wish I could invite you over to sit and talk with them! We would eat something (probably junk), talk real life. Listening to the struggles they face trying to live righteous and navigate relationships and decisions about their future. You would be amazed at the wisdom from these girls that range in age from 16-24. It blows me away. If we can't have a party, this is at least a chance to hear their heart for Jesus..
I invited them to share with us how they would answer this question:
and Jesus asked," Who do YOU Say that I Am?"
I am so excited to share this series with you!! I have no doubt God will use these young ladies in great ways for the Kingdom! He already is!
They were willing and even excited to share with you what Jesus is to them. You will hear the authenticity. Many young people can quote scripture and answer with all the correct church words, but when it comes to who YOU say Jesus is, personally, it gets a little deeper.
Some of the girls love to write, others only write only if they must. But in their words, you will hear true love for Jesus ringing out.
I see God raising up this generation right in front of our eyes!
My heart swell to see them hungry. Asking the hard questions to know Jesus for themselves!
HERE WE GO .... Several others to follow soon! Keep Watch!
A Word From the New Generation - Tanner Starr
And Jesus asked, “Who do YOU say that I am?” by Tanner Starr
Who do YOU say I am??...wow that's a big question that I haven't really thought a whole lot about until now. Who do I say that Jesus is? Well the obvious answer is that Jesus is EVERYTHING, but to me that answer goes much deeper.
My savior has many titles. First off, He is just that...my savior. He is my creator. He is my Lord. He is my protector. He is my light in the darkest hour. He is the one I desire for. He is my focus. He is the one whom I strive to live like. He is my forgiver. He is the one that I live to serve
. He is awesome, amazing, wonderful and perfect in every way. My God is the one and only true living God. My Lord is the "Great I Am" and nothing is stronger or mightier than Him.
So, for me He is everything and for those who have the amazing chance to walk with him everyday and be able to be in constant contact, isn't that the most precious gift.
For those who haven't experienced who He is...now is the perfect chance and I encourage you to do so because YES He is all the things I have written, but most importantly Jesus is our life changer.
I pray that God blesses each soul that reads this and I also pray that each and everyday you are able to experience the most precious gift in the world and that is the gift of knowing who He is.
We NEED a young generation of strong warriors! We NEED a church that is not afraid to stand up and stand out for Jesus. We NEED the guts of this new generation!
And they NEED us! To rally with them & join in. Their ways and insights may be different than past generations, but if Jesus is front and center, that is all that matters.
Will you join me in praying for this young generation as they fight daily against an enemy who wants to destroy them. Will you pray for our generation to step up to encourage, equip and support them as they rally the troops for God’s Kingdom in this crazy time in our world?!