He wrote, “All we did was discuss the question, ‘How do you mobilize and equip students to go share the gospel?’ The only answer which came to mind initially was, ‘I treat them like adults.'”
I read this and was fired up in a really good way. Our church has a really great youth pastor who, from all accounts, challenges Jr. and Sr. High students with deep biblical material. Our lead and worship pastors (our primary preachers), with increased emphasis in the couple of months, try to challenge us with weighty issues. This is something I’m very grateful for.
But I got to thinking: I wonder how often we—the larger church, not our specific congregation—treat the larger congregation like adults? [Read more…] about Treat Them Like Adults
The prophet Jeremiah is one of the most interesting of the Old Testament prophets. Sometimes referred to as “the weeping prophet,” his minstry was particularly hard, as he would bear witness to Judah’s stubborn disobedience and the wrath that would befall them because of it.
His written testimony records the following as part of his “call” to ministry:
“But you, dress yourself for work [gird up your loins]; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them. And I, behold, I make you this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the people of the land. They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you” (Jer. 1:17-19).
In essence, Jeremiah is told to put on his cup and get ready for a beating. “You will say everything I command you, and all the people will war against you because of it,” are God’s marching orders.