In I Corinthians 10:11 the Apostle Paul testifies, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” In other words, there are only two kinds of people – those who think and act like children and those who think and act like mature adults.
The teenage years provide many challenges as childhood is left behind and more evidence of maturity is expected. Our desire is to help our youth and teenagers to become spiritually mature adults as they follow Christ. By God’s grace, the measure of our success is when we see Jesus Christ being formed in their lives. Our heart is to bring them to love Jesus and his word more. That involves helping them think through the claims of God’s Word, assisting them in forming their convictions about life, and encouraging them to live sacrificially toward others.
Of course, we cannot do this on our own. It takes the power of the Holy Spirit through the grace of God’s gospel word to transform lives into mature adults. Our prayer is that through dedicated times in God’s word they learn to love and live God’s word. In addition, through their interaction with our lives we pray they see the examples of mature Christianity that would encourage them to continue following the Lord by faith.