This past Sunday was a very special Sunday for our church. It was the first ever Youth Sunday that I had been a part of at Mt. Pleasant. This event came together completely on Faith. We had a vision for the speaker, former NFL player, Devin Wyman to come and share his testimony with the youth of our church. But as we prayed for this event to come together, God sent resources from all over and of all kinds to make this event bigger and better than we could have hoped.
We had private individual sponsors as well as Liberty Bank of Snead to donate money to help with the event. We had youth directors, Tiffany Ponder, TC Williams and Maranda Williams step up and organize the youth to sing. Susan Moore football coach, Ken Adams allowed us to use the football field for the afternoon service. But, one young man really stood out to me on this Sunday. Will Perry stood up and spoke from his heart. For the short period of time I’ve known Will, he has seemed to me to be very shy and not very talkative but there is nothing wrong with that. (I used to be the same way.)
Will has really started to come out of his shell. Will shared with us a passage of scripture that was most fitting for a youth Sunday with a building full of potential workers for the Lord. 1 Timothy 4:12 reads “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” Will said, “Don’t let anyone tell you that you are too young to do anything.” He added, “You’ve heard it said that the young people are the future of the church, but we are the church.”
Young people are very much a part of our churches and should be allowed and encouraged to be more involved. We discredit them because of their age simply because the expectations of the world. Nowadays, we don’t expect anything productive out of our children until they are finished with college. But, if we haven’t allowed them to mature spiritually it will not matter what kind of education they have had. They will not be know what to do next when they graduate. A textbook cannot “train up a child in the way he should go’” (Proverbs 22:6). Their parents, their church leaders, their godly teachers and coaches are can and should. If you are around children everyday, you are being an example for them whether you know it or now. You should be a Godly example.
It is our job as a church family to lead our children in the right direction and encourage them to do good, live godly and be leaders. It doesn’t matter where they go to school, college or church as long as they are there and getting the Christian discipleship needed.
I encourage you to evaluate what you are teaching your child and take a look at which leaders they are following. And, if you are looking for a place of discipleship for them, try our youth group on Wednesday nights at 7:00pm or find one in your local community. Get them plugged in, they’re never too young to start.
Rebecca Debter is the Ministries Coordinator at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
Women's Bible Study beginning January 17, 2017 with an online Calling All Women group using the book Redeemed by Angela Thomas-Pharr.