What are you all about?

In my last post I shared about four words that I recently used to encourage the youth group I serve with. They were people, prayer, preaching and purity.

I thought I would follow that up with a summary of a message I gave last summer during our annual “Youth Sunday.”

I preached primarily from Acts 2:42-47. As I’ve become acquainted with that passage four things stood out to me. Just as that passage was the heartbeat of the church’s beginning it is also the heartbeat for what I am committed to.

My personal passion for ministry could be summed up with four broad statements taken from this passage, Acts 2:42-47. The four statements may overlap some but each one has a distinct idea that I believe is addressed in the passage.

42And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

First, we must have a passion that God’s Word be taught accurately.

Second, we must have a passion for authentic loving relationships.

Third, we must have a passion to see the lost and the found drawn to and transformed by Jesus.

Fourth, we must have a passion to reach out and impact our community and world.

These are the things I’m committed to in ministry.

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Several days ago I shared about the youth ministry at, Grace Evangelical Church, where I serve as the part-time youth director.

In that post I shared that we were committed to being:
B.iblical
A.uthentic
R.elational
B.alanced

The things we are committed to provide a framework for evaluating whether or not what we are doing is on track.

The other night I attempted to recast the vision with our youth group using four other words:

People – Relationships matter to us. People are a priority, whoever they are and whatever they’ve done. We must love people where they are and for who they are.

Prayer – We have to depend on God through prayer. We must be committed to a relationship with God. We can’t accomplish things apart from relying on Him. The cause is too great and the time is too short to settle for less!

Preaching – We must be committed to the Word of God. We should be faithfully teaching and explaining it. We must be reading it, memorizing it, sharing it, and using it!!!

Purity – We have to be willing to confess sin and learn to walk in holiness. We have to learn to submit and become obedient to what God asks of us. We must have “clean hands” and “pure hearts.” We must be quick to forgive others and restore bridges that have been torn down.

The camping trips, road trips, ice cream nights, backyard barbecues, basketball games, the choir concerts, the wrestling meets, the outreach events, the fun games, you name it…

They all mean little if the heart of God is not formed in our youth. My heart is heavy with a burden for these things! Do we accomplish what we set out to do?

This is what I’m committed to.