Some have asked what Teens in the Word is all about and I’m happy to discuss one of the highlights of our week. There’s nothing out of the ordinary about it. Very simply, we just wanted to provide an opportunity for our teens to learn how to study the Bible for themselves. No matter what they hear in life or what they’re exposed to, if they know how to study, they’ll be able to discern between Truth and deception (2 Tim. 3:15). They’ll know where to turn when their faith is shaky (Rom. 10:17). And they’ll continue to grow spiritually as they are guided and molded by the powerful Word (Heb. 4:12). Here’s the setup:
- Teens in the Word meets in our home every Tuesday night.
- The teens spend the first half hour or so enjoying a hot cooked meal and fellowshipping.
- Then they spend an hour and a half getting into God’s Word.
That’s all there is to it! Now for the fun facts:
-Michael Hite, one of the individuals who first came up with the idea, has devoted his time to teaching the teens every week. He has done an outstanding job of showing them how to find and mark key words, how to understand context, how to ask questions of the text, and much more. The few adults present are learning as much as the teens! He has chosen Colossians 1: 9-12 as our theme, emphasizing “gaining knowledge to walk worthy.” He even designed a great logo with this idea and had it placed on hoodies for each of the teens. Michael provided a Question Box the very first week. The questions submitted have given us a glimpse into the hearts of these young people. They think deep and they care about souls.
-Lynn Hite and I were just going to take turns providing the meal each week. Little did we know that parents would start volunteering to bring the meal (enough to feed 30). Even members who don’t have teens have offered to help! We’ve been so encouraged by all the ladies who have looked for ways to be involved.
-Honestly, we thought Teens in the Word would start out strong and then dwindle down to “the faithful few.” How wrong we were! The numbers continue to grow and we love seeing enthusiasm build. Even though they have homework and extracurricular activities, these teens are still willing to devote an extra night each week to Bible study. Some come straight from coaching, arriving too late for the meal but still wanting to participate in the study. Their dedication has been humbling and inspiring.
-And finally, one of the most exciting developments….While originally intended for Bear Valley members, Teens in the Word has grown to include new friends from the community. We are thrilled with the young men (and a mom) who have shown up each week to study God’s Word, even though they at first didn’t know any of the other teens. These new relationships have greatly enriched our Tuesday nights together.
Occasionally we have to cancel a study because of scheduling conflicts or travel. Tonight is one of those occasions. I imagine I’m not the only one who will be missing the fellowship and study with such dear and genuine teens. They want to be challenged spiritually. They want to grow in the knowledge of Christ. I thank God for them and for the way He is using them to bless us.
Prayer for Today: Thank you, Lord, for all young people who love Your Word.