The Strategy and The Vision

Why We Do What We Do!

At FBC, we let the Bible direct us in where we go in youth ministry. Proverbs 29:18 tells us, “where there is no vision, the people will perish.” If we do not have a vision on how our ministry should lead to Christ, then we will not succeed in His plans for us.
Teach Disciple Live Out
               A vital part of the ministry that goes on in this youth group revolves around TEACHING the Word of God. One of the commands that Jesus left his disciples to do is to teach everything that he had already taught them. We have committed as a group to fervently and faithfully teach the Word of God to our students. “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of Truth.”
               We not only want to teach others about God, but we also want to DISCIPLE students. So often the terms teaching and discipling get mistakenly interwoven to mean the same thing. While you are teaching those you are discipling, you do not necessarily disciple those who you teach. We are committed as a youth group to develop leaders (adults and students) who can lead in a discipleship relationship with others. As Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” We want to build relationships that lead others to Christ and teach them how to lead as well.
               Finally, we are not only called to teach and disciple others towards a relationship with Christ, but we are also called to LIVE OUT our relationship with him. If we are truly living out what we are teaching and we are discipling others to the best of our abilities, then it is inevitable for there to be spiritual growth happening. The goal of our ministry is for us to live out our faith and lead our students to do the same. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” -Ephesians 2:10.

Presented Mature

So what’s the goal of the youth ministry?  To present everyone mature in Christ.  It’s what Paul said in Colossians 1:28.  “We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”  So if we’re supposed to present mature believers in Christ, what does a mature believer look like?
First, a believer is just that: a believer! Someone who is Converted.  Luke 13:3 says that ‘unless you repent, you too will perish.”  Unless you find Jesus as the King of your life, you will perish.  As a youth group, we can’t grow someone who has not been transformed by Christ.
Second, a believer must be Churched.  The Bible encourages believers to not give up meeting together (Hebrews 10:25).  We encourage all youth to be loyal to their church and follow Christ’s example in Baptism.
Third, a believer must have a Craving for God’s Word.  We are told in Matthew 5:6 that those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled.  If we hunger and thirst for righteousness, we’ll make it a priority to dive into God’s word and expect it to change our lives.  We work diligently to cultivate a passion to study God’s word in every student.
Fourth, a believer must have a Concern for the Lost.  Jesus himself looked out on the crowds and saw that they  were lost, like sheep without a shepherd.  A believer will see the same crowd of lost people and have the same compassion.  A believer will find ways to share Jesus with their friends, neighbors, family, and everyone else they come into contact with!Finally, a believer will see their entire lives as Consecrated.  They will look at their lives as completely dedicated to God.  We don’t just live like Christians in a church building, but at school, home, work, and everywhere else.  A mature Christian sees every area of their life as owned by God (Romans 12:1).

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