From time to time I will talk to different people and we will discuss why we do what we do. It is in those conversations that I always begin to think about the youth ministry that I work with at Grace Evangelical Church.

Our youth ministry is named 3-D, after our philosophy.

We value the process of :
Drawing (outreach)
Discipling (growth)
Daring (influence)

In my mind this sums up what we are to be about. We should be reaching youth, training them, and equipping them to do the same.

One of the acronyms that we use is B.A.R.B. This is has a multi-pronged meaning (excuse the pun).

We are committed to being:

B.iblical
A.uthentic
R.elational
B.alanced

In addition to the acronym I see the picture of barbed wire. Its design accomplishes a specific purpose. It is a picture of protection and safety. It is sharp and cuts, just like the Word (Hebrews 4:12). It is also a picture of the crown of thorns that Jesus wore.

Sometimes it helps to have a bigger picture of what you are all about.

Personally, I am committed to four things. First, that God’s Word be taught accurately. Second, authentic loving relationships. Third, the lost and found drawn to and transformed by Jesus. Fourth and finally, a passion to reach out and impact our community and world.

What about you? Have you ever taken the time to think through that yourself?

What are you committed to? What are your non-negotiables?

As you are asking yourself these questions consider these verses.

For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel (Ezra 7:10, ESV).

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments (Psalm 119:10, ESV)!

And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27, ESV).”

How does God’s Word shape who you are?

I think these are good questions that we should all be asking.

Do you?

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