Youth Bible Study – Future Church
Gathering Activity 

What might the future church look like?

The film Back to the Future was a classic 80’s film. In the second instalment of the franchise Marty McFly travels forward from 1985 to 2015. The future he finds is one which captured the imagination of millions and one which has proved remarkably prophetic. Save for a few key oversights (the internet, mobile phones) and a couple of over-hopeful punts in the dark (flying cars), the world dreamt up by writer Bob Gale and then brought to the screen resembles our own in strange and uncanny ways.

Show the short YouTube video available here. It shows some of the things the film predicted correctly about the future. With your group time travel 10 years into the future…

  • What will the world look like?
  • What will our communities and our churches look like? • What new technology will exist?
  • What will we be able to do that we cannot do now?

Bible Reading and Discussion

Read 2 Samuel 7:1-17.

  • David is reminded that God has, up to this point, lived in a tent among his people. What does this say about God?
  • In what ways could a building ‘contain’ God—at least in the mind of the people?
  • Why might God not want to be ‘settled’ in the same way that David and his people settled in Jerusalem?
  • Why do you think God begins his promise to David by recalling all God has done for him up to this point (verses 8-9)?
  • If God could give you some guarantees for the future what would you hope for?

Taking It Further

  • On a scale of 1-10, how well would you think the church reaches people? Explain your answer.
  • What does the church do well?
  • Do you think we do church as church was intended? Why or why not?
  • What should we change?
  • How is church more like what we want rather than what God wants?
  • Do you think modern churches try to contain God? Why or why not?
  • How do churches try to contain God?
  • Why do we try to contain God? Challenge the group to design their own church.
  • If they were in charge what would they do differently?
  • Would it meet on a Sunday morning or at another time during the week?
  • Would it have it’s own building or would it meet somewhere in the community or in someone’s home?
  • Is there anything they would keep the same? Consider sharing these ideas with your church leaders.

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