“If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit – but nothing moved that house. It was fixed on the rock.” – Matthew 7:25 (MSG)
That’s our goal in the student ministry: to create a firm foundation on the rock of Scripture. There are a lot of things that can take our mind off of the things of God – Schoolwork, friends, music, video games, you name it. And none of those things are “bad” things, they’re just the distractions of everyday life. So when we get together each week, we definitely like to have fun (and we do), but we also realize the importance of spending time building up our spiritual foundation while we have this time together.
“Every part of scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another – showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (MSG)
We believe that the word of God is a supernatural, one-of-a-kind collection of books in which God’s message shines through, without error (what is said in the scriptures is exactly what God meant to say – there are no mistakes in the message of the Bible), and it is useful in every aspect of our lives.
“Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity.” – 1 Timothy 4:11-12 (MSG)
God can use any person of any age to reach the world. Sure, as students, you must first understand that you’ve got a lot to learn. Hey, I’ve got a lot to learn, and I don’t think I will ever get to a point where I say “yup, now I know enough, I don’t have anything else to learn!” But at the same time, don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something for the Kingdom just because of your age. Don’t leave it at words! The scripture says to teach these things with your life – live in a way that is “worthy of the calling which you have received” (Ephesians 4:1), and reach out to all people of all races, colors, generations, backgrounds, and religions.
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