Don't Be Afraid to Ask!
Like most children growing up, when given a command from my parents, I often wanted to know why I had to do it. I’m sure my incessant questioning annoyed them to no end, but I wanted answers! I don’t think I ever questioned their intentions, but I was curious to know the reasoning and logic behind what they were telling me. Sometimes their reasoning was simply… “BECAUSE I SAID SO!” and I needed to simply obey. We are told in Isaiah 55:8–9, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Oftentimes, we use this verse as an excuse to blindly go through life with a shallow belief in God without digging in to His word, examining its truths, and investigating why its trustworthy.
The sad reality in youth ministry is that a vast number of students walk away from their faith after heading off to college because nobody has taken the time to help them answer tough questions. Many are challenged by a majority of society that looks down on a Biblical Christian worldview. My hope is to see more people become confident and aware of how to respond when faced with secular opposition or someone who says…“that’s your truth, but not mine.” We care about seeing the body of Christ stand firm in THE TRUTH (epignosis) when faced with these challenges. Through worldview and apologetic training, our students have had the opportunity to wrestle with many tough questions this year already. After being inoculated with opposing thought, we were able to make a reasonable defense that all points to the Gospel of Jesus. After all, that is “the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.” – Romans 1:16. God invites us to taste and see that the Lord is good – Psalm 34:8. This invitation begs us to dive in head first as we hunger and thirst for truth. Once you really dive in, you’ll find one conclusion that stands above all the rest. Only Jesus satisfies.
If you are interested in learning more about the spiritual and cultural opposition students are facing as teenagers and on university campuses, please consider joining us February 9-10 for “Beyond the Church Walls.” This event will equip leaders and parents to train students on how to engage the world around them with confidence in their faith. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased through Immanuel by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by signing up in the atrium. Visit www.beyondthechurchwalls.org for more information!
– Tim Handrick, ILCS Youth Director