Our youth ministry is to, with, and by teenagers and their families. Everything we do supports, encourages, invites, defends, acknowledges, and represents the faith growth of teenagers and their families at Ascension.
The core concepts around which our youth ministry is planned are as follows:
1. Pray Daily
A. The Biblical Principle: Philippians 4.6: Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
• Develop an understanding of their sin and brokenness
• The purpose of prayer
• The power of prayer
• Encourage a daily relationship with Christ
2. Read the Bible
A. The Biblical Principle: Romans 15.4: For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.
• Deepening an understanding of God’s Word
• Understanding of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod doctrine
• Practical application of doctrine and faith concepts
• Equip and involve parents in education process
3. Give of my time, talents and resources by serving at and beyond Ascension.
A. The Biblical Principle: Ephesians 2.10: For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.
• Identify and develop spiritual gifts
• Working together as a body – team play
• Develop healthy perspective of material possessions
• Increase the number of volunteers in the youth program and programming.
4. Witness to unbelievers
A. The Biblical Principle: 1 Peter 2:11-12: Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
• Develop personal identity through the lens of the grace of God, not peers and the world
• Christian morals and values – following Christ’s example
• Submission to institutions
• Role model
5. Be in relationship to encourage spiritual growth in one another
A. The Biblical Principle: 1 Thessalonians 5.11: Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
• Mutual support
• Equipping to disciple others
We have a lot of fun together while pursuing these core concepts and hope to build long-standing healthy spiritual friendships.
BIG SCREEN BIBLE STUDY — HARRY POTTER. You might say that the Harry Potter series is this generation’s Star Wars. The books and the movies are going to have enduring significance. Harry Potter has wands instead of lightsabers and adolescents instead of young adults, but all of the other elements are there: The epic battle between good and evil. A story of redemption. Heroism and self-sacrifice. Family. A dramatic final showdown.
The battle between good and evil is a battle about the doctrine of vocation. Does God give us our abilities and skills so that we can dominate and oppress our neighbor, or does He give us those gifts so that we can love and serve our neighbor? This is the question the wizarding world is forced to answer in the Harry Potter books. As we study the last two films, we pray that you will find these stories to be a wonderful way to engage the greatest story of them all: our Lord’s life, death, and resurrection. This study begins on January 10, 2016 at 11am.