Once we enter the brand new millennium, America could have greater than two million teenagers than it had initially of 1991. That truth alone excites me as I attempt to understand the unbelievable potential of youth ministry. Years ago as a brand new youth pastor, I learn James S. Stewart’s ebook The Life and Educating of Jesus Christ. In it I discovered this statement: “Christianity began as a younger folks’s movement. In thinking of Jesus and His disciples, that’s the first fact to make fairly clear. Unfortunately, it is a truth which Christian art and Christian preaching have too usually obscured. However it’s fairly certain that the unique disciple band was a younger men’s group. Many of the apostles were in all probability nonetheless of their twenties after they went out after Jesus.” Since Christ focused on younger individuals while He was on earth, I have determined to speculate my life in reaching the youth of North America.
Over the years individuals have often requested me when I will get into “actual” ministry. For me, the “actual” ministry occurs as you influence youth who’ve a complete life ahead of them to reside for Christ. I can really say that I’m concerned in a ministry with unbelievable impact. D.L. Moody as soon as despatched a group of individuals out to witness in the city of Chicago. One man got here again to report that two and a half folks had develop into Christians. “Two and a half people, what do you imply by that?” Moody asked.
“Oh, it is simple. There have been two adults and an eleven year old boy -he’s the half.”
“If you wish to maintain statistics like that you’ve it backwards.” Moody said. “The one-half can be the adults, as a result of half of their lives are gone. The boy has his complete life forward of him to reside for Jesus Christ.”
What are we doing as Christians to succeed in this technology? Analysis exhibits that over two-thirds of the Christians in America at present made their choice for Christ before the age of 18. Nevertheless, a latest Gallup ballot showed that 65% teens couldn’t listing 4 or more of the Ten Commandments. Just one in three may name the four Gospels. This shows the dearth of penetration of the church into the youth culture. There are indicators of motion by the church to come back nearer to God’s heartbeat for reaching His younger people. Lately in Atlanta, youth leaders from sixteen states and Canada met specifically to wish for our nation’s youth. Their concern, after two days of intense prayer was that “We acknowledge that a nationwide state of emergency exists in North America with our youth. Over fifty three% of our world’s population is underneath the age of 20, yet now we have failed in our makes an attempt to succeed in them for Jesus Christ.” We violate what Jesus said in Matthew 18:10 when he mentioned, “See that you don’t look down on one in all these little ones.”
As Christians, we often react in opposition to the youth tradition, fairly than responding to it with the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. Much like the disciples in Matthew 18 who tried to forestall children and young folks to hassle Jesus, we miss God’s best. I see indicators that God is mightily at work among younger people today. Final September over two million teenagers met around the flag pole at their colleges to wish for this nation within the “See You at the Pole” prayer event. In March over 1.5 million teens shared their faith with their associates in a nation-large evangelistic outreach occasion called, “See You at the Party.” In July over 200,000 teenagers met on the Washington Plaza in our nation’s capital to pledge their lives to non-public purity in the “True Love Waits” campaign. I see signs of an awakening going down among youth of America that’s unprecedented in our history. This era has the incredible potential of 1 teen by one teen impacting this country with a mass spiritual revolution.
I know the potential of praying for a single young person. Within the rural Midwest years in the past a girl named Vi, developed a deep concern for a next door family. Vi prayed for braveness to go subsequent door to speak about what it meant to know Jesus Christ. While in the middle of her attempting to pour out her heart, the daddy walked in, heard what was occurring and literally threw her out and instructed her to maintain her Jesus to herself. Vi went back to her dwelling, deeply damaged and concerned feeling she had failed. Later that afternoon, when she seemed out of her yard window, she saw a younger boy from that household playing together with her son. She vowed, by the grace of God, to wish for that young man each day. She said to herself, “At the very least I can do that.” Later that younger man went to high school and college. Whereas at college, that younger man came to Christ. He then went into the ministry and has since led several members of his household to the Lord. Two are on the mission subject and one repeatedly and actively leads individuals to Christ on a day by day basis. God used the prayers of Vi to the touch that family in a particular way.
I know as a result of I was that boy.
If it weren’t for the prayers of Vi, I am satisfied that I would not be the place I’m immediately, main a youth ministry devoted to the Great Commission. Teens of at this time need adults of their lives who will pray for them. As you see those teens in your church, in your neighborhood, or in your house, are you praying for them? Which may be the one prayer they’ll ever have stated on their behalf.
I often read Isaiah 40:11: “Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs, And carry them in His bosom.” This reminds me of John chapter 21 and Jesus’ message to Peter. For the longest time when I learn this passage I thought Jesus was solely speaking to Peter about shepherding His sheep. As I studied this passage further, I discovered that two out of the three responses Jesus gave to Peter were “When you love me, look after my lambs.” Loosely translated it means “to look after the young sheep.” This reminds me to maintain near those who are near God’s shepherd coronary heart-the young people. This subsequent era can have one million extra teenagers than when the numbers of Baby Busters peaked in 1976. There shall be extra young folks Jesus wishes to deliver nearer to Himself. We mustn’t ever consider ministry to youth as something lower than significant.
Throughout the subsequent ten years we are going to see over 31 million teens who need to listen to in regards to the reworking love and style that Jesus Christ has to offer. When God requested, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Isaiah answered, “Right here am I, Lord, ship me.” I pray every day that there might be many adults and young people who heed the Lord’s call into full-time youth ministry. I consider this new era of Child Busters may have an incredible faith. It will only happen if we reach them with the love of the Lord by means of the lives of people who radically commit themselves to reaching this subsequent generation. [end]
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