Please pray for me today as I begin teaching another semester of youth ministry at The Master’s University.
It is an honor for me to teach at the school I graduated from in 2002.
After I graduated, the Lord directed me to serve in youth ministry for 12 years.
Youth ministry is real ministry.
It is sad to see how many people in the church look down on our youth today.
Tragically, many youth ministries dumb down God’s word like young people cannot handle the truth.
This is the polar opposite of my own personal experience. I saw God save many young souls because of the powerful truth of the gospel. In fact, God saves young souls the same way he saves anyone else: by grace!
Over time I have seen these young people grow up, get married, have children and serve in their local church. In fact, both our Kids Ministry and Youth Ministry here at Compass HB are run by young men and women I saw Jesus save in high school! I feel like a youth ministry grandpa watching these young disciples now pass it on to a third generation!
Even more important than my own personal experience, is the way we see God use youth in Scripture. It highlights his glory, because no one credits their wisdom or experience.
Joseph was seventeen years old when God gave him dreams for his future. Although his ten older brothers looked down on him and sold him into slavery, they eventually bowed down to him in Egypt. God used Joe to keep his family safe in the famine and provide a place in where they could grow into the nation of Israel.
David was told, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him, for you are but a youth…(1 Samuel 17:33).” Yeah, how did that work out for Goliath? Dave, another younger brother who God named king, killed the giant “…that all the earth may know there is a God in Israel… (1 Samuel 17:46).”
Daniel was just a youth when his nation was invaded and he was carried away into a foreign country. Dan was enrolled in Babylonian brainwashing school where they tried to give him a new identity that would no longer worship the God in Israel. But Dan resolved that he would not defile himself (Daniel 1:8) and God actually used him to become one of the greatest leaders in all of Babylon who ruled through multiple kings and kingdoms. Eventually, God answered Dan’s prayers and returned his people from exile back to Israel.
Mary was a young lady (possibly in the junior high ministry?) when an angel told her she would bear a son named Jesus. Her response, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word (Luke 1:38).”
These young people from Scripture are examples of faith to any age. In fact this is the principle the Apostle Paul passed on to his young disciple Timothy: They can’t look down on you if you are an example to look up to.
“Let no one despise you for your youth,
but set the believers an example
in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12
Today I will be teaching the next generation of youth ministers. Some of these college students will become the future youth pastors and leaders of America. Like Timothy, they will be young when they begin their ministry. Please pray God will use me to equip and inspire them to make many disciples in the name of Jesus Christ!
Let’s stop looking down on our youth ministries and start lifting them up in prayer!
*If Jesus saved you in youth ministry please leave a comment and let us know so we can praise the Lord for how he gives power to the young people!