1 Timothy 4:12
‘Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in faith, in purity.’
We live in exciting times! Times that are rapidly changing. Today’s youth are faced with moral confusion. There are fundamental divisions in our society that aid in social pressures. But what of Jesus Christ? He sets a high standard for our youth. The highest standard there is! He knows the beginning and the end (Isaiah 46:10) because He always was, is, and forever will be! He is the ‘Captain of our salvation’ (Hebrews 2:10 KJV)! My hearts desire is for our young people to truly know the ‘joy of the Lord’ (Nehamiah 8:10 NKJ) and to have that ‘peace that passes all understanding’ (Philipians 4:7 KJV). Be a part of serving others as we will have opportunity to serve those in need. We look forward to seeing you!
~J.T. (NTBC Youth Director) Any questions, feel free to contact me using this form.
THE NEW TESTAMENT BAPTIST CHURCH OFFERS
TWO AGE GROUPS FOR YOUTH ACTIVITY
Our 8 yr olds through 6th grade meet each Saturday 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Light snacks are provided. Stay tuned for special outings
7th grade thru 12th grade meet each Sunday from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Food is provided. Life lessons and applications occupy the first half. Fellowship and just hanging out fill the 2nd half. Stay tuned for special outings
◊CALLING ALL FUTURE LEADERS!◊
A note from J.T., February, 2013
One instruction God gives you as a young Christian is to ‘be thou an example to believers…’(1 Tim 4:12…memorize this verse!). Every good leader leads also by example. God’s word has many examples of strong young Christians. Joseph (Gen 37:2), Joshua (Num 11:28), Samuel (1 Sam 3:1, 19), David (1 Sam 17:33), Jeremiah (Gen 37:2), Daniel and his peers (Dan 1:17) and Timothy (1 Tim 4:12).
For the better part of 2013, our Jr/Sr High Youth Group will be focusing, in part, on leadership development.
There will always be leaders but what kind of leaders will there be? Many young people are being developed right now to be the wrong leaders. The Bible teaches there will be many false teachers at the end times. Leaders who will intentionally and cleverly lead away from God’s truths…away from the Good News of Jesus Christ’s saving grace. Who is going to rival those leaders? Who is going to lead their peers to an eternal hope in Jesus Christ? Who will lead fellow Christians in spirit and in truth? As a young Christian, you need to recognize and act upon the fact that you must develop leadership. Who is going to teach people how to put on the Whole Armor of God? When your Lord asks, ‘Whom shall I send?’, what will your answer be?
Certainly, when you, as a young Christian, enter into adult years, you may not be called to lead many, however, every one of you will be put in a circumstance where someone, at some time, will rely on you to lead…to make the decision. What about leading your peers now? Are you ready to lead?
Leadership is learned. It’s a continual process, because after it’s learned it can be sharpened. A Christian leader must desire to spiritually grow and must act on that desire. He or she needs to know how to spiritually grow. To be a good leader you must strive for a pure heart because you love Jesus Christ. You seek God’s will. A good leader must be a good listener. Leadership, as an attribute, doesn’t happen by accident. We are one generation away from being lead by the wrong person/people. Along with discipleship and evangelism, leadership development is key to growing in the Lord and becoming all He created you to be. God’s word clearly speaks to being an intentional Christian…living for Christ intentionally. Pray for desire to be intentional in your walk with the Savior. You are most certainly needed!!!
Have a happy February ~Jonathan (J.T.) – youth director, NTBC