"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit." Joel 2:28-29
What is Youth Ministry?
Youth Ministry is the resposibility of the Church, to make disciples out of her young people, to train and equip the youth of the Church to meet the flesh, the world and the devil head on through the power of the Holy Spirit and the full knowledge of the living God. Training young people to lead the cause of Christ, and apply Christianity to every area of life.
Youth Ministry should provide a variety of opportunities and experiences to draw teens into active, responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the church. Teens are a fundamental part of the Body of Christ, and the church must enable them to reach their full God created potential and calling.
Youth Ministry must help youth share their gifts, grow in life skills, overcome prejudices, develop respect for authority, serve those in need, participate in Church activities and responsibilities, develop personal spirituality and a solid prayer life, apply Christian faith to daily life, integrate Christian values, and develop a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ through the sound knowledge of scripture.
Because they are young people, they also need to have some good clean fun with other youth within the fellowship of the Boby of Christ. Learning to respect others, follow rules and guidelines, and enjoy being young in a safe Christian atmosphere.
I've developed this Youth Ministry page to provide scripturally based teaching and discipleship, and maybe have a little fun! (This by no means is a subsitute for your home church Youth Ministry.)
Hell is Real
"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries." (Hebrews 10:26-27)
Definition of Notable Christian Terms
Ever wonder what all those big theological terms mean. Well, I've put together a list of words most commonly used that few really understand the full meanings of. This is a helpful tool for understanding exactly what some of those "big terms" mean.
Great Old Testament Bible Stories
Forty-two of your favorite Old Testament Bible stories in simple easy to read language. Journey back to the days of Moses, king David, Hezekiah and many more. Relive the adventures and renew your faith in the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob.
King James Bible Word List
Most of those "hard words" in the KJV Bible can be understood by the context, while others can be found in a Webster 1828 dictionary. The following list should serve as some help to those who still struggle with KJV terminology.
Doctrines of our Faith
Do you know what you believe and why? To stand unmovable in your faith, to defend what you believe, and to witness Christ effectively, you must be grounded in Biblical doctrine. Paul said, "Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers." Titus 1:9
The Six Days of Creation
Did you know that most Christians understand very little about God's creative work? Is that important? Well, Paul seemed to think so, "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:" Romans 1:20
Seven Disciplines for Living
Biblical guidelines for Christian living are outlined in this brief message. Discipline is one of the most important virtues of the Christian walk, without discipline we leave a foothold for the devil to come into our lives. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:" 1 Peter 5:8
The Real World
A list of really great rules to remember when you get out into the real world. Plus, witnessing is a spiritual battle where you not only fight against ignorance and prejudice but also against Satan. He will attempt to hinder your efforts, attack you spiritually, and do a thousand other things to stop you. As a result, you can suffer spiritually dry times brought on by his attacks. So what do you do to save your spiritual life? Christian CPR, of course!
Great Bible Stories
The great stories of the Bible are not only great history, but more importantly great lessons to learn about Christ, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." John 5:39 Also Paul said, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" 2 Timothy 3:16
Who Really Says It?
Ever hear one of those great one liners that everyone assumed was from the Bible? Here is a list of famous sayings and where they originated, some are indeed Biblical scripture (though not KJV), but you may be surprised as to where some come from!
The Twelve Disciples
An indepth look at the lives of each of the twelve disciples. Interesting history about the men Jesus walked with and prepared to be His ambassadors to the world. The lives of Paul, Matthias, and Barnabas are also reviewed.
Youth Study Helps
A list of about forty-eight topics concerning the Christian faith such as Faith, Hope, Prayer, and Repentance. Each topic is given a number of scripture references to study inorder to build your understanding and faith. "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him" 2 Peter 1:3
Great Sermons Index:
The Bible Evidence of the Baptism of the Spirit By Smith Wigglesworth
If you need more understanding about the baptism of the Holy Spirit, who better to learn it from than the great man of God, Smith Wigglesworth who being so filled with the Spirit caused wicked men to fall down on there knees and repent when he entered the room.
Some Learning Fun Index:
Youth Brain Teasers
Here is some fun and a real challenge. Try to find as many Bible book names as you can in these fun paragraphs.
Bible Literacy Quiz
Here is a list of questions to test your Biblical literacy. Some questions are easy, but some may be very tough. Try it and see how you do.
The Bible Stadegy Game
Played like hangman, this stategy game has nearly one hundred words found in the Bible. This one is tough cause there not the most often used words, see how well you do, it's fun and educational too. Also, a brief salvation message entitled, "Who is Jesus?"
New Testament Order Game
For you Bible scholars, here is a game that you must place all of the New Testament books in their proper order and your only allowed four mistakes. Try it out and see how well you know your New Testament books.
Old Testament Order Game
Another one for you Bible scholars, here is a game that you must place all of the Old Testament books in their proper order and your only allowed seven mistakes. Try it out and see how well you know your Old Testament books.
Interesting and Funny Facts
If you love trivia, you'll really enjoy this. Lots of worthless but interesting and funny trivia. Learn things like, The Signs you Live in 2005, and The World's Top Inventions, or how about All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Noah's Ark. Have fun!
Check out our Trivia Page
For more clean fun trivia, see my extensive Triva page. If your a trivia lover like me, you'll enjoy these interesting, fun and even funny trivials. Learn and have a little laugh!
For even more clean fun trivia, here are some more interesting facts and funnies. Learn and have a little laugh... again!
Mental Abilities Challenges and Riddles
Here's more fun and games for those up to the challenge. A new hangman type game guessing the Bible word. Also, if you think you know everything already, try these new questions, you will be surprised at the answers. Enjoy!
Helpful Tools and More
Basic Bible Interpretation, The Four Spiritual Laws, The Romans Road and more. Helpful tools for personal study or for witnessing to friends and loved ones.
The Face Memory Game
Here is an interesting game of memory. See how well you can remember an interesting face and then recreate it. Also, learn who authored the books of the Bible. A complete list is included on this page.
The Battleship Game
READING THE BIBLE
J. C. Ryle
1. READ THE BIBLE WITH AN EARNEST DESIRE TO UNDERSTAND IT.
Do not be content to just read the words of Scripture. Seek to grasp the message they contain.
2. READ THE SCRIPTURES WITH A SIMPLE, CHILDLIKE FAITH AND HUMILITY.
Believe what God reveals. Reason must bow to God's revelation.
3. READ THE WORD WITH A SPIRIT OF OBEDIENCE AND SELF-APPLICATION.
Apply what God says to yourself and obey His will in all things.
4. READ THE HOLY SCRIPTURES EVERY DAY.
We quickly lose the nourishment and strength of yesterday's bread. We must feed our souls daily upon the manna God has given us.
5. READ THE WHOLE BIBLE AND READ IT IN AN ORDERLY WAY.
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable." I know of no better way to read the Bible than to start at the beginning and read straight through to the end, a portion every day, comparing Scripture with Scripture.
6. READ THE WORD OF GOD FAIRLY AND HONESTLY.
As a general rule, any passage of Scripture means what it appears to mean. interpret every passage in this simple manner, in its context.
7. READ THE BIBLE WITH CHRIST CONSTANTLY IN VIEW.
The whole Book is about Him. Look for Him on every page. He is there. If you fail to see Him there, you need to read that page again.