Who would have thought that students would be at all interested in Calvinism or predestination, or even what is inside the cover of a book called the “Holy Bible”? You would think it would resemble the chances of a 1st graders interest in the nation’s bailout plan. Well, last week’s Sunday school changed all that. Little did I know that some public schools cover Calvin in their history curriculum. Good for them, bad for trying to get through the rest of my lesson.
There are times when it is a mistake to get through your entire lesson and give a simple answer to a “heavy” question. This was one of those times. So, I simply tossed my lesson aside and decided to draw the “TULIP” on the board. We discussed predestination, free will, and loads of other topics. You know, topics that your brain was squeezing like a thighmaster to try and remember your doctrines class in seminary. But praise the Lord, I was able to remember some of those thoughts, and we had a great discussion. One student even went home and looked up the discussion in his history book and texted me definitions by that afternoon.
Just like the song by Reliant K says to “Never Underestimate My Jesus”, maybe we as youth leaders should sing a different song and “Never Underestimate our Teenagers”! I am guilty of it. So here is a task list for you to try:
1. Try out a Theological Sunday School topic – I have “Theology 101” scheduled for winter quarter…fingers crossed.
2. Have your teens plan an upcoming event – some supervision may be required, but release the grip reigns as much as you can, at least so no white is showing in your knuckles
3. Schedule youth services during the year – don’t go crazy like every month, but plan a couple with your teens leading the music, giving testimonies, being the ushers, and maybe even preaching!
4. Have each student sign up for a ministry – this could range from children’s ministry to Vacation Bible School leader.
5. Allow a mature student to begin discipleship with a new believer – same gender rules apply here, but take a leap of faith here with some guidance and allow that “new car smell” of a new believer to affect a growing student
Ephesians 4:12 “for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ”