What's Our Purpose?
Student Ministries focuses on Junior High students (grades 6-8) and Senior High students (grades 9-12) through regular meetings and a variety of events. The purpose of Student Ministries is to come alongside parents in the discipleship of their teenagers by teaching and encouraging students to be committed followers of Jesus Christ.
What we hope to produce is:
- Students that believe the gospel. The gospel is who Jesus is and what he has done. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). We desire to make the gospel clear to our students and to have students that have repented of their sins and placed their trust in Jesus Christ for salvation.
- Students that are biblically literate. After extoling the value of the Scriptures, David writes “More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb” (Psalm 19:10). All that we are and do in Student Ministries revolves around the Word of God. We seek to not only teach what the Bible says to our students, but also how to read and study the Bible so that our students are equipped for further study and growth in their lives when they graduate.
- Students that are biblically discerning. The believers that lived in Berea are called “noble” because “they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so” (Acts 17:11). It is one thing to study the Bible, it is another to apply it to our everyday life. This requires discernment, both in how to understand and how to interact with the world. We desire to foster teens that have a Biblical Worldview applied to all of life.
- Students that live godly lifestyles. The purpose of our salvation is “that we may bear fruit for God…” (Romans 7:4). We believe that when the truths of Scripture have been internalized in our students, that part of the natural fruit will be godly lives. Our students will exhibit the Spirit’s work in their lives by growing in holiness and living lives that glorify God.
- Students that practice spiritual disciplines. We can feel the Psalmist’s passion for God when we read, “As a deer pants for flowing stream, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God…” (Psalm 42:1-2). We desire to instill this passion in our students and teach them how to personally commune with God through the practice of the spiritual disciplines of the faith.
- Students that honor their parents. Faithfulness to God begins with faithfulness in the home. Children are commanded “Obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord” (Colossians 3:20). We want our students to understand and embrace the God-given value of those in their lives that play parental roles.
- Students that are active in the church. Jesus loves the church and demonstrated that by the fact that he “gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25). Christians are expected to love the church as well, thus we desire to produce students that are actively involved in this local body of believers.
- Students that evangelize others. Jesus’ mission on earth was “to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). More fruit of biblical commitment is the desire to see others come to Christ. We hope to produce students that are evangelistically active in reaching the lost through clear gospel proclamation.
- Students that serve. Jesus said that his disciples would stand out because of their love for one another (John 13:35). When compared to the average adult, teenagers are uniquely able to serve God by loving others because of their time and energy. We want to create students that understand this and act on it.