As youth leaders, we recognize that parents are called to be the primary disciple-makers of their children. We find great joy in partnering with parents in this discipling venture. As we teach the youth, our desire is to help them take ownership of their faith. We don’t want to teach them what to think, but rather how to think Biblically. We want to help them prepare for the transition to adulthood and entering a world that is increasingly hostile to the Gospel.
Vince Lombardi, the famous Green Bay Packers coach, often started each season by holding up a football and exclaiming to his team, “Gentlemen, this is a football.” The best training begins with the fundamentals. With this in mind, last fall we kicked off a series called “The Gospel Foundation.” We walked through Scripture passages on things such as, “What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?” “What does the Bible teach about assurance of salvation?” and “How can we understand God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility, especially in relation to salvation and sanctification?” To help us hone in on this topic, we synchronized our Sunday morning and Wednesday night teaching. Having a unified material allowed us to dig deeper into the Word and fostered a great environment for questions and discussion.
As we look forward to 2019, we will continue building on this foundation as we follow John Piper’s study through Scripture on “The Pleasures of God” and “Desiring God.” We’ll be looking at how a Scriptural view of God’s greatness and glory motives believers in their prayer, worship, love for the lost, and every other aspect of our lives. Our prayer is that God will continue to bring about spiritual growth in Maranatha’s youth.