Psalm 16:5

The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.

God's Warth is Coming... Are You Ready?

You had better listen to the words of Jesus, “Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord, shall enter, but he that does the will of my father in heaven.” If ye by the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the flesh, ye shall live. If you live after the flesh, you’ll die! The cross does not give us a minor shift or two with regard to a few of our ethical and religious values. The cross radically disrupts the very center and citadel of your life from self to Christ. And if the cross has not done that, YOU’RE NOT A CHRISTIAN! My Friend face it, young rogue, you’re not a Christian until the cross has radically disrupted the very center and citadel of your life! And brought you from a life of commitment to serve self…What are the focal points of the reign of your self? If you’ve gone to the cross in union with Christ, it’s been shattered!"
- Al Martin

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Youth Ministry in the Days of the Apostles....

I found an interesting blog post some time ago talking about modern youth ministry's money hungry habits. He made some interesting comments:
Can we have $$-less youth group?

If so, what would it look like?

I wonder if we have succumbed so much to the marketing and materialistic side of culture that we have forgotten what youth ministry is all about!....

Have we set ourselves up to be completely dependent on the dollar? 

Does our economy dictate our youth ministry structure? Should it?

Listen, I am to blame on this one. I had a summer calendar full of days trips, service project weeks, movie nights, mini-golf, etc.

Almost every single event cost money. Even the activities we do at the church, while they may not cost our students money, take a toll on my youth budget. But the elders don't mind because it gets students here and so it is money well-spent. Or is it?

In the course of an average year, if a student were to participate in every event we offer, they would probably have to shell out between $1,000-$2,000. But parents don't mind since the price of golf memberships here run $30,000 or more, with $5,000 annual fees. “A few grand to keep my kid involved in church is a great deal,” they would say.

Now for students who cannot afford it, we offer scholarships to ensure that every single student can go if they want to. But again, everything revolves around money (and in a sense entertainment)

I realize this is where our culture is, and I do believe in embracing culture. But I also believe in the power of Jesus to transform culture in areas that are counter-biblical.

It appears to me in the books of Acts that monies collected in the early church went directly to help the widows and orphans and to feed the hungry. At some point, even Paul argues, that those who do the Lord's work should receive money for it so they don't have to work elsewhere. But I wonder where in the history of Christianity did the tithe money go towards funding students’ boat trips on the Sea of Galilee, their ski trip to Sinai, and purchasing the latest lights to trick out the synagogue’s teen room?

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