In Acts 2:39, Peter ended his sermon saying “for the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself” (ESV). When Paul wrote to the church in Ephesians, he included admonitions to the children in the church as well as their parents (Ephesians 6:1-4). In Exodus 13:14-16, parents are told to explain the significance of the Passover feast to their children as they teach them about their faith. From Old Testament to New Testament, the witness of all of Scripture is that God loves families. Teaching the next generation of believers is one of the most important duties that parents and pastors share. Surprisingly then, one of the biggest problems facing the church today is that young people are not staying in the church. Why are they leaving? Is there just widespread apostasy, or have we failed to prepare them in some way? What can we do? These are important questions for parents and church leaders to ask.
This six-part study falls into two sections. Lessons 1-3 examine the problem of young people leaving the church. A diagnosis is proposed based on social and doctrinal causes. This provides the foundation for the second section that offers some solutions to the problem. Lessons 4-5 examine the responsibilities of parents and church leaders in instructing the young people in the church. These responsibilities are placed in the context of the church and its activities. Lesson 6 pulls everything together and explores how youth ministry can be reformed to better serve its purpose of helping to train the church’s youth in the Christian faith.
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