- April 13, 2020
Introduction to Life Cycles Ministries
Introductionto Life Cycles Ministries
Introductionto Life Cycles Ministries
Thebeliefs of youths really matter, especially about God. A number ofyouths trust in God and have faith in Him however, some do notconsider that God exists and this makes them to incessantly challengethe bible. Many authors have tried to come out with the youth’sview of religion and God through thorough interviews of the youths.It is conversely important for any human being to believe in God andtrust in him since He is the provider, Omega and Alpha of life andanything else people need as human beings come from Him.
Duringmy personal interview of the youths, I came to learn a lot of issuesregarding how the youths feel about religion. The junior and thesenior youth I interviewed believe that God exist and He is the onewho created heaven and earth in a couple of six days and then restedon the seventh day1.Some of the youths also believes that God watches the happenings onearth and wants human beings to be good, fair, and honest as directedin the bible. The younger youths also believe that people go toheaven when they die.
Manyyouths also believe in church, for example, a greater number ofAmerican youths have a positive view of church but do not give itmuch thought2. A good number of them lack a theological language which they can useto express their faith or interpret their worldly experiences. Manyteenagers enact a religious outlook which is totally distinct fromthe traditional teachings of most world churches.
Theyalso believe in the Almighty God and have faith. They trust that Godprovides them with life God is omnipresent, loving, caring, andomnipotent3.They imply faith through hoping in the period of survival and throughreading and studying the bible. They assert that God wants allindividuals to be obedient, truthful, faithful, forgiving, andloving. Moreover, they have come to know God’s needs throughreading the bible regularly and understanding the context.
Theinfancies who have faith in God regularly go to church and teach thegood news to other fellow believers. They take part in worshiping theAlmighty Father through composing religious songs and attendingmissions and services to preach the gospel4.A number of them also take part in bible study and attend seminars sothat they are able to get the word of God from other preachers5.They invest in their faith through advising other members and adultsto frequently read the bible and pray to God for any assistance or byjust thanking Him for what He has done in their lives6.During congregations, especially religious seminars, youths tend tobe very discipline and cooperate well by listening to the speakers.They also take part, for instance, by serving as altar boys andthrough reading the bible at the preaching time. In addition, theyouths respond positively to task given to them which includeushering in visitors and cleaning the arena.
Theelderly people, especially the pastors relate with the youths verywell. Some church pastors may even sponsor them in their educationand provide them with various basic needs. When the youths getsponsorship, they have an opportunity to develop their experienceparticularly in theology7.They are also able to understand and interpret the bible correctlytherefore, enhancing the understanding of the other believers.Through their interactions with adults, they are able to be taughtthe benefits of loving and having faith in God.
Theyouths are generally having good experiences in the church. They havecome to learn how God has been with them during difficult situationsand in their daily life8.Many who did not trust in God and the church have now developed agood attitude towards the church and God. The individuals who hadconsidered quitting their church and ministry responsibilities havenow decided to stay. Through the church, the youths have greatexperiences on how to handle the poor, the sick, and the needy, forexample, they have developed an evangelist team to support theseindividuals through provision of the necessary materials.
Thechurch plays a major role in educating the youths on how they shouldlive a Godly life and respect the elders. Through the TenCommandments, the church has been able to save many youths who hadtaken a wrong direction towards God the youths have been able torepent their sins and take the narrow gate towards heaven9.It is perhaps believed that the church has failed to address thebasic ways of living a healthy life among the youths. Since most ofthe youths are not aware of the consequences of engaging in sexualimmorality, the church should take a major responsibility ineducating the youth on sexual immorality.
Inconclusion, spiritual practices are very holistic and they appeal notonly to emotional or intellectual capacities but also encourageparticipants to make their entire being to the Almighty God. Youthsshould take a major role in serving the Lord and never lag behind inhelping the church to carry out its duties. It is also important tonote that prayers keep God at the center of the youth ministry.
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Parker,Evelyn L. Troubledon`t last always: Emancipatory hope among African Americanadolescents.Pilgrim Press, 2003.
Talbert,Charles H. ReadingLuke: A literary and theological commentary.Chicago Review Press, 2002.
1 Janssen, Denise, Reclaimed: Faith in an Emerging Generation (Valley Forge: Judson Press, 2015.
3 Parker, Evelyn L. Trouble don`t last always: Emancipatory hope among African American adolescents. Pilgrim Press, 2003.
4 Talbert, Charles H. Reading Luke: A literary and theological commentary. Chicago Review Press, 2002.
5 Janssen, Denise, Reclaimed: Faith in an Emerging Generation (Valley Forge: Judson Press, 2015.
6 Parker, Evelyn L. Trouble don`t last always: Emancipatory hope among African American adolescents. Pilgrim Press, 2003.
8 Parker, Evelyn L. Trouble don`t last always: Emancipatory hope among African American adolescents. Pilgrim Press, 2003.
9 Janssen, Denise, Reclaimed: Faith in an Emerging Generation (Valley Forge: Judson Press, 2015.