“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.”
Youth is the period hardly old enough to be on his own and yet feeling independence. Youth is the time to look for their own identity sometimes act and dress in a weird way. This is the time when they looking for their belief, in life, in love and in faith.
“Let no man despise your youth; but you be an example to them that believe, in word, in manner of life, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Tim. 4:12).
It always starts at our home, parents are the one who molds their children, guide them, walk with them in path of righteousness.
“Young people alone by no means have the answers to the challenges the world and communities around the world are facing. Neither do older generations. By bringing together the vision of young people today, and the experience of older generations, new answers to challenges are created.”
Youths are deeply influenced by the attitudes of their entourage, Environment, and people who surround them. They need Guidance,Support, and Love.
In Our Church
Creating a good environment for our youth is the best way to develop their own self, to be a better person. Helping them to express themselves and participate in Christian Fellowship. Youth Discipleship teaches us the following.
- Encourage Young People to meet Jesus.
- To have an intimate relationship with Jesus.
- To Develop their Good Values & Character toward their Parents, Elders and Other.
- To Involve them in Worship Services.
- To teach them how to understand the Bible and apply it in our daily lives.
The First is to increase their ability to read, study, understand and apply the Word of God. Jesus teaches us story about a Farmer Sowing Seed. Mathew 13 4: 8
“A farmer went out to sow seed. 4 While he was scattering the seed, some of it fell by the road. The birds came and ate all that seed. 5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where there was not enough dirt. It grew very fast there because the soil was not deep. 6 But when the sun rose, it burned the plants. The plants died because they did not have deep roots. 7 Some other seed fell among thorny weeds. The weeds grew and stopped the good plants from growing. 8 But some of the seed fell on good ground. There it grew and made grain. Some plants made 100 times more grain, some 60 times more, and some 30 times more.
Jesus Explains the Story About Seed – Mathew 13 18: 23
18 “So listen to the meaning of that story about the farmer:
19 “What about the seed that fell by the path? That is like the people who hear the teaching about God’s kingdom but do not understand it. The Evil One comes and takes away what was planted in their hearts.
20 “And what about the seed that fell on rocky ground? That is like the people who hear the teaching and quickly and gladly accept it. 21 But they do not let the teaching go deep into their lives. They keep it only a short time. As soon as trouble or persecution comes because of the teaching they accepted, they give up.
22 “And what about the seed that fell among the thorny weeds? That is like the people who hear the teaching but let worries about this life and love for money stop it from growing. So it does not produce a crop in their lives.
23 “But what about the seed that fell on the good ground? That is like the people who hear the teaching and understand it. They grow and produce a good crop, sometimes 100 times more, sometimes 60 times more, and sometimes 30 times more.”
Youth pastors and leaders should teach their youth to share the biblical gospel fully, clearly and faithfully, the youth will grow their faith in God as well as the leader or teacher. As a worker of God you are committed to making progress in your discipleship approach, and evangelistic teaching, as you grow, your students will grow with you, as long as you deliberately commit and walk along with them.
Parents’ actions and attitudes have major impacts on young people’s development. So as Parents we are responsible for the foundation of the youth to stand and grow, to overcome and face the challenges, obstacles in life. “Love, Guidance, Support, and Proper Attitude” are set of examples to build up their character. In Spiritual Guidance Pastor, Leaders and Teachers are responsible to plant the love of God, to teach the word of God and to grow their faith in God.
“Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.”
Ephesians 2:20-22 ESV