Here’s a little slice of what may be shared in my presentation at Raymond Reformed Church in Raymond, Minnesota this morning.
“People do not drift toward Holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.” – D.A. Carson, For the Love of God
This world is discipling our young adults, and it takes no effort for it to do so. It essentially happens as easily as breathing in and out. We are immersed in the culture, and it teaches us the ways of the world.
As Christians, we are also called to discipleship. From Matthew 28: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…”
Christian discipleship takes so much more effort. And intentionality. And sacrifice. And help. It’s a constant denial of one’s self to help another person grow closer to the Lord.
Young adult ministry needs to happen at Ridgewater and in the Willmar area. There are thousands of young men and women that attend courses at the college, and very few of them have an active faith in Jesus Christ. Are you okay with that? There are tons of young adults just drifting in your community, bouncing from temporary savior to temporary savior. They are hurting themselves and others along the way. Drifting. Are you okay with that? Are we okay with that?
We need older generations to buy in. With their prayer life. With their time and energy. With their finances. We need examples of godliness. We need people to care about young adults. Specifically at the Campus Ministry Center, we need funding to keep the lights on and the ministry staffed.
These young adults are future leaders – of families, of workplaces, communities, of states, of nations. What foundation do we long for them to have? A foundation that will crumble? A foundation that looks out for itself and is selfish? Or do we want them to have a godly foundation that loves the Lord and serves the people around them unselfishly and lovingly?
This doesn’t happen by accident. It takes a community of believers to buy in and help out. Pray for the college students at Ridgewater and those who minister to them. Pray for the people of the Joppa ministry and those who lead and minister in that area.