How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your Word. (Ps. 119:9)
As a church, we realize that the only way for a teenager to thrive during these years is to be soaked in the Word of God. That is our goal in the student ministry: to equip students with the tools to understand and apply God’s Word in their everyday lives for His glory. We accomplish this in three ways.
These are times when we are intentionally opening up and studying the Scriptures to create more mature followers of Christ. Since this is such a vital part of the Christian life, we have numerous opportunities throughout the week for the students to study the Word as a group. On Sundays, we have Sunday School at 9:15 AM in the youth room and Discipleship Training, which is an in-depth Bible study, at 5 PM in the youth room.
Wednesday nights are when we gather for our student worship service at 6:15 PM in the youth room. The worship services typically consist of a verse-by-verse study of a book of the Bible followed by a time to sing praises to the One we just studied. Wednesday nights are a great break from the busy week to refocus on the life God has called us to live.
While the importance of studying God’s Word cannot be stressed enough, having godly relationships with brothers and sisters in Christ is also imperative for a healthy walk with Christ. Therefore, our student ministry gives students opportunities to hang out and have fun with one another to build deeper, godly friendships. Whether we are running around town acting crazy for a video scavenger hunt or just playing a pick-up game of ultimate frisbee, the goal is to form friendships that seek to encourage one another in the gospel.
Knowledge of the Word must lead to lives that model the Word. As a student ministry, we are always trying to let our “light shine before others, so that they may see our good works and give glory to our Father who is in heaven (Matt. 5:16).” Service for the Lord comes in many forms; it can range from cleaning up yards for people in the community to helping with an annual Vacation Bible School. Regardless of the specific service, our goal is always singular: to give glory to our Father who has redeemed us from the bondage of sin.