Are we challenging young people enough?

The media these days are always looking at the fundamental problems of anti social behaviour and crime and can they see the problem? The reports that I have surveyed show very few articles offering the solution to these young people. The main problem that I learned on Thursday at MMTC, was from Tim Hawkins. Tim is a very good youth pastor with a lot experience, and he came all the way from Australia, to give the exact knowledge and food to feed the ideas to develop the understanding of the youth; especially in this part of the country. He said; ‘The biggest item on any youths heart is always to meet ” a Challenge”‘.

If this is the case, then why aren’t we challenging the youth on the streets? There are so many people going out in the streets, evangelising, and proclaiming God’s word to commuters; but is it challenging them? Jesus didn’t just read the Torah to the Pharisees, and Sadducees, and teachers; he challenged them! That is what we need to do with people today!! The example below is the teachers challenging Jesus to his authority.  

The Authority of Jesus Questioned:     Mathew 21

 23 Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?”

 24 Jesus replied, “I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 25 John’s baptism—where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?”

   They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘Of human origin’—we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.”

 27 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”

   Then he said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

I know it sounds fundamental and obvious, but it is very easy to get to involved with being part of a church, or small group, or leading a talk; without getting yourself in a comfy hole, without occasionally cutting yourself on a piece of glass, or poking yourself with a sharp stone. In today’s world, we are all churches of mission, and we all need to go out and challenge the young people we know! This can create several positives:

1. It keep them entertained and focused

2. They will work to achieve something.

3. It will create questions, which could open doors.

4. It can bring them down to earth/ reality.

The youth culture is very competitive, and style, image and so-forth, are all evil items of creating a level of social acceptance.

I’m going to start in January with the youth group at church, a book by Tim Hawkins called ‘ Awesome on the inside’. It’s about transforming the focus of image from the outside, and focus on the image on the inside. It is very good, and I will update this blog to show you how it goes.

  My mentor has given a link to his blog post on how all young people are not all down and outs, but people who have low expectations, follow http://transforminggrace.wordpress.com/2008/09/18/do-hard-things-what-the-rebelution-means-for-grown-ups/

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Author: Urban Curate

Following from the Ministry Trainee, I am a urban Curate who is at a church in the West Midlands with a passion to serve the Lord. I'm 28 years old, married with two children.

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