If the Foundations Be Destroyed...

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  1. Aaron

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    If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

    This is the question David asked in Psalm 11:3 when he was tempted to distrust God, and flee as a bird to his mountain to escape the persecution of King Saul. But David was determined not to flee. “In the LORD put I my trust,” he said. For the last few weeks, David’s question has become the burning question in my heart
    as I search for a curriculum to use in the youth Sunday school. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable . . . for instruction in righteousness, 2 Timothy 3:16. Though not the ultimate goal of Sunday school, a principal aim should be to systematically take a member through all Scripture, every verse of it. The Explore the Bible series is the only resource published by LifeWay® Church Resources with that in mind, but it is no longer available in a youth format.

    There has been a titanic shift in the philosophy of youth ministry. Today it is almost impossible to find a whole-Bible curriculum when just a few years ago we were up to our necks in them. Now most of what can be found is primarily issue-driven or heavily laced with worldly philosophies and amusements. “High energy,” “cutting edge,” “hip,” “high impact.” These are the catch phrases of the neo-youth minister. There seems to be a near contempt for the straightforward exposition of the Scriptures. It was said to me one time that it was more important to deal with “youth issues” than to espouse a whole-Bible approach, but that is like building a house without a foundation.

    A whole-Bible format of teaching lays a firm foundation for the faith of God’s saints, for no individual at any age can be confronted with an issue upon which God has remained silent. Neither is there any other approach upon which the blessing of God so surely rests. Jehovah said, “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it,” Isaiah 55:10,11. And elsewhere it is said, “Thou [Jehovah] hast magnified thy word above all thy name,” Psalm 138:2.

    I received my B.S. in Education ten years ago and was taught the “wisdom of the Egyptians” in the education of jr. high and high-school students. The neo-youth ministry is merely the old worldly wisdom. Worldly methods will be successful in worldly institutions, but Chrisitans are a “peculiar people,” 1 Peter 2:9, a “holy nation,” and worldly methods are destructive toward spiritual ends. There is no such thing as a youth or a non-youth issue, for the issues that perplex adults are merely the issues that remain unresolved from their youth, Proverbs 22:6. It is therefore all the more urgent that young people are given a firm foundation with a whole-Bible approach. Topical studies and issues indeed have their place in youth ministry. The ultimate aim of one building a house is more than laying the foundation, but who among us would be foolish enough to proceed without one?

    Let us lay a good foundation for the training of our youth, for if the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?
     
  2. MissAbbyIFBaptist

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    Amen Brother Aaron! Us kids need a solid foundation to build apon, and we need Jesus as the corner stone. Old fashioned Bible teaching is what we need.
    I am thankful that this was the way I was brought up, but sadly a lot of the professing Christian teens I know, haven't the slightest clue about God or Biblical things. We need straight forward Bible teaching! We can'g grow spiritualy if we are not feed spiritualy.
    In Our Saviour ~Abby [​IMG]
     
  3. Speedpass

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    Aaron, have you read the thread on "Contemporary Youth Ministry" in the Pastor's Corner? I think you'll find some interesting thoughts there.
     
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    I agree. I recently "graduated" the youth group, but I always considered it patronizing to be dealt two or three verses and the rest of the message deal with "hip, cool, action-packed," and other cliched terms that some youth ministers think are the only way to reach teens.
     
  5. Aaron

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    Thanx, uhdum. Even though you do accept CCM! ;)
     
  6. TomVols

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    Here's where the value of the baptist tradition of catechising could come in handy. It is so true that many of our youth have a woeful understanding of God's Word and the doctrines of the faith (Perhaps because their teachers have the same? But I digress....). If we don't teach our youth to "Earnestly contend for the faith once for all delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3), then we're throwing them to the wolves. There are some excellent Reformed Baptist publication houses that put out some good material. I'll look for the links.
    As for Lifeway, the one thing Lifeway is doing good in that curriculum age area is yearly or bi yearly going through Genesis 1-11 to give youth a Christ-centered, Biblical worldview on the seminal issues of life. This is critical if our youth are to survive in this postmodern culture.
     
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    brother Tom, what is catechising? I've heard this term before, but I've never understood what it meant.
    ~Abby
     
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    It is teaching a catechism or creed, or a confession or doctrinal statement. It is sorely needed in our churches today. It was an historic Baptist practice but fell by the wayside. It gets a bad rap because it's done in Catholic and mainline churches (to an extent). As it fell among Baptists, the awareness of Biblical truth has fallen. Coincidence? I don't think so. :(
     
  9. uhdum

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    Heh, even if we disagree on one issue, doesn't mean we can't have agreement and fellowship in others :D
     

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