10 Biblical Truths Gen Z Needs Right Now

Rob Hoskins, President, OneHope

It is sad to hear that we have lost a great hero of the faith in Eugene Peterson. [The beloved Presbyterian minister authored more than 30 books and devotionals, including “The Message,” a paraphrase of the Bible that sold more than 16 million copies worldwide.] We will miss him for now, but will still look to the words he left behind. As the next generation attempts to navigate a loud, chaotic, and increasingly post-truth world, where culture is both pervasive and persuasive, we’d do well to point them in the direction of timeless truth for wise counsel from a respected sage.

Here are some of the most prominent Gen Z traits and the truths they need to hear.

 

Gen Z trait

Driven: willing to work hard to achieve success.

Truth of God’s Word

Work from the heart for your real Master, for God. Colossians 3:23 (MSG)

 

Gen Z trait

Relational: love to build tribes and be a part of multiple communities.

Truth of God’s Word

The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t. Romans 12:5-6 (MSG)

 

Gen Z Trait

Pluralistic: afraid to drive a stake in the ground lest someone be offended.

Truth of God’s Word

And I keep praying that this faith we hold in common keeps showing up in the good things we do, and that people recognize Christ in all of it. Philemon 1:6 (MSG)

So don’t hesitate to go public now. Matthew 10:27 (MSG)

 

Gen Z Trait

Compassionate: their hearts are easily moved to concern for others.

Truth of God’s Word

The unspiritual self, just as it is by nature, can’t receive the gifts of God’s Spirit. There’s no capacity for them. They seem like so much silliness. Spirit can be known only by spirit – God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. I Corinthians 2:14 (MSG)

 

Gen Z Trait

Anxious: high levels of stress around achievement, success, and financial stability.

Truth of God’s Word

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Philippians 4:6-7 (MSG)

 

Gen Z Trait

Digital natives: tech-savvy and always connected.

Truth of God’s Word

Practically everything that goes on in the world – wanting your own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important – has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates you from him. 1 John 2:16 (MSG)

 

Gen Z Trait

Egotistical: consumed by building their identity.

Truth of God’s Word

Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body. I Corinthians 6:19-20 (MSG)

 

Gen Z Trait

Diverse: crave and seek out variety in their lives.

Truth of God’s Word

He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love. The Old Way Has to Go. Ephesians 4:16 (MSG)

 

Gen Z Trait

Post-Christian: anemic faith and biblically illiterate.

Truth of God’s Word

God gave these four young men knowledge and skill in both books and life. In addition, Daniel was gifted in understanding all sorts of visions and dreams. Daniel 1:17 (MSG)

 

Gen Z Trait

Motivated: trying to figure out the fastest (and easiest) route to financial security.

Truth of God’s Word

Jesus went on to make these comments: If you’re honest in small things, you’ll be honest in big things; If you’re a crook in small things, you’ll be a crook in big things. Luke 16:10-11 (MSG)

 

One of the strongest driving forces behind Gen Z is that they desire to make a difference in the world. However, that can only happen if they live a life that’s different than the world. One that leaves a joyful mark–much like the fruit-filled life of Eugene Peterson.

 

 

Rob is President of OneHope and Chairman of the board at Oral Roberts University (ORU). His innovative Outcome Based Ministry model and training has helped thousands of global ministries shift their paradigm and begin incorporating best practices that dramatically increase their effectiveness.

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