I am sure that we are all in vacation mode and enjoying the good times and the rest we get when we take time off. Before you know it, summer will be over and we will have the pictures and the memories of our road trips to various destinations and yes school will be back in session. With that being said, I need your help. I need you to pray for our youth. The Bible says:
- Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
- Deuteronomy 6:5-9 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words that I give you today. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you’re at home or away, when you lie down or get up. Write them down, and tie them around your wrist, and wear them as headbands as a reminder. Write them on the door-frames of your houses and on your gates.
- Deuteronomy 4:9-10 “But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren. Never forget the day when you stood before the Lord your God at Mount Sinai, where he told me, Summon the people before me, and I will personally instruct them. Then they will learn to fear me as long as they live, and they will teach their children to fear me also.”
- Matthew 19:13-15 One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.
- 1 Timothy 4:10-11 This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers. Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them.
- Deuteronomy 11:19 Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.
I look at all the pressures of life our youth are facing today and it concerns me, as it should you, what the future holds for our kids and grand kids. Social media is affecting our kids lives to the point that it is teaching our kids who and what they should be. Our kids are growing up too fast and it was never supposed to be this way.
Our top priority here at Emory should be our kids going forward. What do we need to do as Followers of Christ to help our kids? How do we get them excited to come to God’s House. I can’t say this this enough, this is a serious time in the life of the church and I need your help.
I am asking you to do this:
- Pray for our kids.
- Ask God on what direction that we need to go in with our kids.
- Pray that God puts it on your hearts to get involved.
Search your heart and ask yourself this question: Are we nurturing the faith of young people so they will grow into mature Christian adults whose faith is central to their lives?
Young people who are involved in anything and everything we offer in youth ministry (doesn’t it feel great when we see young people involved in the church?). And then all is shattered when we watch them graduate into a world of a thousand choices. Too often, church is not one of those choices. Are we willing to change the landscape of our youth ministry?
Again this is urgent and a priority going forward for me and Emory Church as a whole. Let us together live out Proverbs 22:6.