If I could say three quick things to the youth pastors of America here is what I would say:
Number 1, The Word of God and the Gospel are the most relevant tools that you have and will ever have. The bible is our authority and manual. We can learn to be clever and have great illustrations but we need to be careful not to make ourselves the authority. The authority is the Bible and we are just the loudspeaker through which it is proclaimed. The Gospel transcends all languages, cultures and people groups no matter age, race, or time in history. It is the everlasting way of salvation. It is to never be changed by culture or adapted to fit a people group but in itself has and will change lives. The Gospel is to be preached in its totality and the Holy Spirit will use this truth to convict the hearts of the peoples of the world. Read it, learn it, memorize it, and proclaim it.
Number 2, Challenge your teens and believe they can do great things for God. What do you expect out of your teenagers? When you see that punk kid come into the room, what do you see? Do you see a life that can be transformed by God, to bring the next great revival, to be missionary in some far off land, or a proclaimer of the Gospel. I was that punk kid, and I had a youth pastor who saw me for what I could be not what I was at the time. Challenge your young people as if they are the generation responsible to reach this world, because they are! But also believe in them! If there is one thing that I knew, it was the my youth pastor loved me and believed in me. And there was many times where I wanted to quit, or go in another direction and I truly believe if it was for my youth pastor I would’t be where I was today. When I look back at all the people who have influenced my life the most he is in my top three. They need a leader, and you are that leader to challenge them, and train them, and believe they can do great things for God
Number 3, Give it your all! Jesus said “thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength:” God is above all else. You need to find your complete satisfaction in Him. And when you come to the end of your day, know matter what problems you faced or troubles that come your way, you can still be satisfied in God because your satisfaction does not come from numbers, or a good turn out, or the way that your ministry is going, or any of these earthly pleasure, but in the God of Heaven who will never fail or forsake you. Also, Give the ministry your all. It has to be more than a 9-5 job, it’s more than a paycheck..you need to turn in your existence for a life, your job for a passion. A passion where Jesus Christ is the center and glorifying God is your aim. A passion that that says “all must know”and where Jesus Christ is worthy of world-wide fame, that every tongue, tribe, and nation may know the most glorious gospel of how the Son of God shed His righteous blood on the cross of calvary that we may have the forgiveness of sins. A passion that says the Gospel is my life! Give it your all!
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