The Purpose of the Student Ministry

The church is a collection of people from various backgrounds whose ultimately purpose is to love and to serve God.  However, it is tempting for the church to fall prey to an inward rather than outward focus.  We know we are meant to love God and others, but at the same time it is easier to love ourselves only.  Knowing this natural inclination to form “holy huddles” and holding to the mantra of “us four and no more” we must choose to make it a priority to reach outside the body of Christ to make disciples.

I saw this video recently and thought it would be good to share with the students.  It served as a launching off point for the lesson.

The purposes for our student ministry are threefold and are going to be discussed for the next several weeks at Frontline.  They are:

  1. Follow
  2. Love
  3. Go

Pretty simple.  Pretty straightforward.

Last night we discussed “Follow” as a purpose.  First, as individuals we are to follow God in belief.  Namely, we are to follow unto salvation.  Secondly, as a group we are to follow God daily in our lives.  This includes private devotions, daily sacrifice, and dependence on God for our daily bread.

As a student ministry we have ministries devoted to help students follow God.  Frontline’s primary objective is evangelical.  Our Sunday night small groups are designed to allow students to cultivate the daily disciplines.  We take seriously the call to follow God, initially for justification and daily for sanctification (though we rarely use those words with the youth).

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