"Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity." - 1 Timothy 4:12 It seems like there is a gap in the church for young adults. After high school, students turning into adults go off to college and then drop away from the church typically not finding their way back until marriage, a baby, a traumatic event, etc. There is a small percentage who stays engaged in the Church while in college moving into adulthood.
So why is this? Why is there a gap?
We can look around at different services ideas in the church all day long, different accountability partners, and ways to stay connected, but all of these aren't going to work in the end, they will just be other systems.
They need Jesus. They need the cross. They need the Gospel. While really young and old adults all need this, I think as students get older, if we are not hitting hard on the Gospel and how it applies to their every day life, we need to start that right away.
The power of the Holy Spirit residing in a young adult is phenomenal and we can see great things happen in the hearts and minds of the future generation since after all, they are the future leaders to the church.
Let us be encouraged in ministry and in the church to focus on young adults and the future generation to have them preach the Gospel to themselves each and everyday, walk in community since the Christian life is not meant to be in isolation, and spur them on to holiness as they glorify Christ in everything they do. Let us pray for the future generation of the church that they would be the men and women of God that He is leading them to be!
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