I wrote about problems within youth ministries once before, and lately this subject has been on my heart again. At this time we are attending a church that does not have a youth group, but many of my daughter’s friends participate in these activities. Last week I listened to a sermon/talk by Voddie Baucham given at an NCFIC Conference about youth groups. If you have the time, please take a listen!
Listen to this message here.
If your child does participate in a youth group, what is the fruit that you have seen in the children who participate? True Christians will produce fruit. Although there are times in our Christian walk that we may stumble, looking back we will see upward movement. The church is supposed to be a place where Christians meet, praise the Lord, exhort each other, and hear the Word preached. It is a place for us to become equipped to reach to lost, and then we bring them to church once they are saved! This is the New Testament model. Church was not designed to be where we invite lost friends so the pastor can do all of the work. Our brothers and sisters in Christ (and especially our impressionable children) can be influenced by the ways of the world when we bring the world in. I’m afraid that most churches have this backwards in our time. I was once so encouraged while listening to Michelle Duggar share about this topic. I cannot remember where I heard this, but she was speaking about moving from a large church to a small church. They felt like this small church was a good fit for their family for a time, but once their children began reaching “youth group” age, the church began pressuring them to join. And guess what? The youth group produced no fruit! At that point they began a home church with a few other families.
Is your youth group all about entertainment and games? Friends, this can do so much harm to our children. They need to realize that church isn’t about “fun” that we can have, but instead what we can do for the Lord. Are we glorifying ourselves, or glorifying God?
Biblically, there are no mention of youth groups, but instead, families worshipped together. Do we really believe that God’s Word is all-sufficient in matters of worship?
I have recently been reading The Duties of Parents by J.C. Ryle. It is a very short read, and I found it for free here! Please take a look, this booklet has so much important information to help us raise our children for the Lord!
The Myth of Teenage Rebellion falls in line with some of the thoughts above. A good read!
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