The desire of our heart is to grow our young adults into disciples-making disciples, that they might adorn the gospel of Jesus Christ in a world that seeks to draw them away from God.
- Intimacy with God | Reflecting Christ
The Bible commands all believers to walk joyfully and humbly with God. The youth are included in that command. As such, we encourage and challenge young adults in our church to take serious their personal relationships with the Lord. So things like Bible reading, praying, journaling, etc. we challenge our adults to grow in. Why would we do this? Because we want the youth to see the eternal value of knowing and loving God.
- Community with Believers | Renewing Lives
It’s not enough that our young adults have a personal relationship with the Lord. They need community. They need friends who are seeking after the Lord with them. But they also need community with those in the church. To build a healthy church young adults cannot be overlooked in the corporate direction of the church. They must see themselves as under a group of elders, who watch out for their souls and pray for them (cf. Heb 13:17). They must share the burdens of other Christians (cf. Galatians 6:2). They must pray for those who are in need (cf. James 5:16). As a church, then, we don’t overlook our young adults in the life of the church.
Furthermore, we see discipleship as a huge part of our youth ministry. We seek to fulfill the Great Commission of Matthew 28:16-20 in our youth through what we call D-Groups (Discipleship Groups). One Sunday out of the month our Sr. High students (9th-12th grades) disciple our Jr. High students (7th-8th grades) during Sunday school. The Sr. High students are trained during our summer discipleship training program called Antioch Summer Institute. During Antioch training the Sr. High students learn 12 lessons, 6 are on a biblical topic, and 6 relate to a specific biblical book. This biblical training comprises the content of their lessons in D-Group Sunday for an entire year.
- Influence with Others | Reaching Out
Many of their friends at school, in their neighborhood, on their teams don’t know Jesus. Our young adults have many opportunities to share the gospel! As such, we want to equip our young adults to share the good news of Jesus Christ. So we will frequently refresh ourselves in the basic components of the gospel (God, Man, Christ, Response, & Result) and talk about creative ways to engage their lost friends. In this way, we challenge our students to reach out.
The Bible shows that the primary responsibility of the discipleship of children falls on parents. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 sets a precedence for the parents’ discipleship of their children: “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on you heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” The New Testament echoes this responsibility: “Fathers do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4). The purpose of parents, then, is to shepherd the hearts of their children by means of the Word of God to love and obey the Lord.
Parents are not only called to show their children the path they are to take in life (formative instruction), but also to discipline them when they veer off that path (corrective instruction). Because we see the parents’ role to instruct them as so very vital in their lives, our church leaders seek to partner with parents in the task of discipleship, not take it away from them. So we see our role as equipping the parents for the work of shepherding their children (cf. Ephesians 4:11).
On Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm-8pm we come together in a more laid back environment to discuss and interact with a book of our youth pastor’s choice.
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