This past week I have spent time reading the book of Romans.
It is such a great book.
Paul beautifully sets the foundations of the Christian faith in chapters 1-8, focuses on God’s hand and work in our lives in chapters 9-11, and then highlights the response we are to make in chapters 12-16.
It is a wonderfully written sermon which really nails the gospel of God.
In recent days mission, outreach, and evangelism has been on my mind for the first time in a long time. My ministry as a Youth Pastor needs to be focused on these things and Paul reminds me of their importance in Romans.
The gospel is needed desperately in the inner-eastern suburbs of Melbourne and very much needed by those in high school.
A vision of the Almighty needs to be cast for young people to see that there is hope and purpose in this life. There is no point in carrying out a ministry that doesn’t make hope in Christ front and centre. He should be placed up high, worshipped, magnified and made known to those who need Him–the next generation. He is surely more satisfying than Facebook, Flo-Rida and McFlurry’s!
Where can hope and purpose be found? Christ. Not just what He has done but also who He is.
As I evaluate how to be culturally appropriate to those under my care I continually think of how I can magnify Christ to them too.
May the Lord give grace upon grace in reaching this generation.