Bible Center Stage
At our recent membership class, Pastor Andrew discussed the importance of having the Bible at the center of everything we do at Canyon Bible Church. This is true not only for our church as a whole, but for Student Ministry as well. Because a Youth Ministry is a ministry, and because a youth pastor is a pastor, the Word of God must not only be central to all that we do, it must also define and direct all that we do.
When Paul wrote to his young protégé Timothy, he was quick to remind him,
"From childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:15-17 ESV)
There is critical help here for each of us. This passage says "All Scripture is breathed out by God." Could you say something more significant about a book? Could you paint it in a better light? Could you exaggerate the significance of such a lofty claim?
The Bible is written by God himself: breathed out by the Creator of the universe for us. We need this book, and we know it. So we hold it close to our hearts and cherish every word. We carry it around with us. We read it. We study it. We memorize it. We meditate on it. We sing it. We preach it. We live it. We talk with others about it.
As Moses told the Israelites, "They are not just idle words for you--they are your life." Duet 32:47
And for each of us individually and all of us collectively, we recognize it as the central driving, defining, and directing influence on our lives... and on our youth ministry.
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