I’ve created this blog page for two reasons. First, to inform you of what your children are being taught at youth on Wednesday nights. This will include scripture references that I teach from and what the general idea of the message is. The second reason is to give you all a short idea of how you can encourage these same truths that are being taught at youth into the lives of your children during the week. The goal of our student ministry is that our students can be fed the truth of God’s Word every day of their lives, and we need you (the parents) to help us with that!
This week at FUEL, we will officially begin our series on Evangelism, and the title of this week’s message is “Understanding the Gospel”. The idea that I’m wanting to drill into the minds our students this week is that they can’t properly evangelize (share the Gospel to those around them) if they don’t practically understand the Gospel in their day to day living already. In other words, how can we as Christians expect others to buy into Gospel living when we ourselves aren’t currently doing it ourselves?
To combat this issue, we’ll look into scripture at the first time the Gospel was presented – Genesis 3:15. God tells us that “the seed of the woman”, Jesus Christ, will prevail over sin; and although the enemy may strike his heel, He will crush his head and have ultimate victory. That is our great truth that we celebrate in the Gospel! Jesus has conquered sin and death, just as God promised, and now we who are His children live in faithful obedience to His commands in scripture as we repent (turn away) from sinful living. (Supplemental Texts: John 8:42-44, 14:15, and Romans 6:1)
Living out the Gospel now for all Christians is characterized by our loving Jesus so much that we obey His commands (John 14:15), meaning that we submit to the commands of scripture and turn from our sin (Romans 6:1). This is the type of living that is required among believers as we prepare to spread the Gospel to this world, and this is the type of living that we are hoping our students will learn to be a part of as they continue their relationship with Jesus.
Please be in prayer for this message, and pray that God would use His word to impact the souls of our students. Hopefully they will be convicted/encouraged by these truths, and they will lead them to repentance and more obedient living in Christ. When this happens, our evangelistic efforts can be more focused and resolved as we take the Gospel to the lost.
In addition to this, please come alongside me and our student ministry leaders by encouraging these same truths in your children this week. Encourage them to read God’s word daily, to follow it’s commands because of how much they love Jesus, to turn away from their sins, and to get out and share the Gospel this week in their schools! There are literally hundreds of students who don’t know Jesus in our area. Pray that God will use your kid this week to share the Gospel with them in the schools. Let’s get out and make a difference for the kingdom of God!