May 28

Students need… YOU.

stuneedyouOur students today need more guidance than ever, Even though they think they know it all they don’t. They have so many opinions that are thrust in their faces that we must help them sift through all the garbage and find the good or at least know where to look to find the good. With all this confusion of what is right and wrong, it is up to us to tell them. Well not us exactly but it up to us to lead them to God’s word to help them find the right answers.

I have not with-held my disgust with the current trends in popular media. Music promotes sex and sin with hip beats that seem to make it ok. Movies and T.V. portray a “new normal” in society where living a homosexual lifestyle and other habitual immoral behavior is acceptable. I’m sorry but it’s not.

In scripture we are told…

“Rejoice always! Pray constantly. Give thanks in everything,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Don’t stifle the Spirit. Don’t despise prophecies, but test all things. Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil.”1 Thessalonians 5:17-22

Even though these are tough times we must do what these verses say. We must rejoice that God has given us these students and pray for them! There is plenty to be thankful for in the church today, the fact that many churches encourage and support student ministries the way they do is beyond wonderful. However we must do the hard work student ministry requires. We must partner with parents to help students “test all things. Hold on to what is good. Stay away from every kind of evil.” 

Proverbs is also was written for just this reason…

The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:For learning what wisdom and discipline are;
for understanding insightful sayings; for receiving wise instruction in righteousness, justice, and integrity; for teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced, knowledge and discretion to a young man— a wise man will listen and increase his learning, and a discerning man will obtain guidance— Proverbs 1:1-5

Students need us to lead them to the word of God and help them understand it and apply it to their lives. The Word of God will do the rest. We are promised that…

For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12

I hope these are encouraging words. Know that you are doing good work! Keep it up and keep pointing students to Jesus!

That’s All For Now,

Brandon Phillips