Why Student Ministries (Part 2)

This is part two in the series “Why Student Ministries.” In this series I’m looking at the reasons that student ministries exists. As I said in my last post on this topic, the principles that I am laying down are specific to the congregation where I serve but I hope that they are broad enough to be of use in other contexts.

The second reason for Student Ministries is because: Student Ministries is the Church’s means of providing an environment for students to practice the “One Anothers” outlined in Scripture.
As I continue to study and think about this concept, I become increasingly convinced of its veracity.
There is a tremendous temptation bound up in our salvation. Salvation is not a corporate happening, it occurs on the level of the individual. In other words, God saves individual people and incorporates them into his body (the Church). The temptation in this is that now that I have been saved individually by God, I now believe that I will somehow become sanctified individually as well. But, nothing could be further from the truth. Paul Tripp has rightly said that the Christian life is a community project. Believers need a community in order to refine one another (Matthew 18:15), in order to love one another (John 13:34) and in order to serve one another (1 Peter 4:10). These “One Another” commandments cannot be practiced outside of a community. The rugged individualism that so characteristically defines the American church is completely misplaced when it comes to sanctification, because sanctification is a community project. I desperately need a community to help me become sanctified. In the same way, teenagers desperately need a community in order to help them become sanctified. This then is the role of Student Ministries, to provide an environment where students can live in community and be sanctified. Ultimately this is the job of the entire church, across all generational lines. Student Ministries simply provides a specific environment for a specific age group to exist in community and to refine one another.
Student Ministries is the Church’s means of providing an environment for students to practice the “One Anothers” outlined in Scripture.

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August 21 2007 04:03 pm | Why Student Ministries

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