As I approach my fourth year serving at Blue Ridge Christian Union Church as the associate pastor of youth and families, my heart swells with gratitude. It has been a delight to see the growth of and in the youth of the church over the last few years. It has been fun to attend their sporting and school events. Yet, my greatest joy is entrusting biblical truth to these youth. As John the Apostle says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 4). There is no greater joy than seeing youth place their faith in Christ and grow in His grace. This has truly hit home for me the last few weeks at Blue Ridge. This past week I witnessed one of the teenage boys, Zack Yeend, take the step of publicly professing through baptism the work God has done in his heart to bring him to saving faith in Jesus Christ [you can watch the footage of his baptism in the video below].
Witnessing the work God has done in Zack’s life to bring him to this point has been a true blessing for me to watch as the pastor over youth and families. Another blessing has been to implement 2 Timothy 2:2 in some of the other youth of the church. In 2 Timothy 2:2, the Apostle Paul exhorts Timothy, “and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” The week before Zack’s baptism, the youth of the church served on what we call “Youth Sunday” (the 5th Sunday of a month). While this was not the first time we planned a “Youth Sunday”, this one was special. (For one, three of the youth, along with their leader, wore stylin’ bow ties…okay, that is not what made it special ;)) One of our pre-teens, Lucas Thurman, led the congregation in prayer after the youth took up the offering during the service [you can watch the footage of Lucas’s prayer in the video below].
The joy of seeing the youth of Blue Ridge walk in the truth of Scripture came to full fruition as two of the young men stood before the people of God sharing the Word of God. Cristian Monroe opened our worship service as he read Scripture and prayed. His brother, Braden Monroe, then blessed the congregation by preaching a message from John 8:51-59 entitled “What is the Most Important Question?” [you can watch footage of Cristian’s Scripture reading and prayer and Braden’s sermon in the video below]. As these two young men shared biblical truth with the congregation of Blue Ridge, I was left humbled at what God has done these last four years. He has called youth to Himself for salvation and has grown them by His grace to serve them. What they have heard from me as I have shared the Word of God with them they are now sharing with others. For me, there is no greater joy than sharing biblical truth with these youth. And, now, I am humbled they are sharing biblical truth with our church!