This past week I attended CIY: Move in Longview and I can come back saying that not only is Christ moving powerfully in this generation of teens but that they want it.
I went into the trip with high expectations but even there I set the bar too low. Students who I had never seen engage in worship before had hands raised in the air singing for God to bring His Holy Spirit down. Students who had been caught up in the struggles of high school had come forward wanting to make a life change. At the end of the week, every student in our group left with a very specific goal to change their communities in a way that furthered God's kingdom and strengthened their faith. I was in total awe by the way students reacted to scripture, worship, and challenges. I had never seen a camp experience as powerful as this.
So if these 7 students are a small picture of our student ministry and our student ministry a small example of the many students in the Katy area, why do we often have low turnouts to Sunday morning Bible studies? Why are our college ministries so small? Why are young people leaving the church? The Bible must be true when it says that we need God's Word and I was convinced after being surrounded by hundreds of high school students last week that they want it.
People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God. Matthew 4:4
There are a lot of theories and ideas as to why students are becoming more and more disengaged with the church but I know now that it isn't because they don't to know Jesus. They want to feed on a food that will quench more than just hunger. They want the supernatural power that comes with a relationship with Jesus Christ. So my questions to you, families and members of COTHA: what will you do to feed our students with the word of God?