Since we hit the tragedy of suicide hard last week, God directed us to take one more week in the hard issues of teenage life…and talk about cutting, self-injury, self-abuse, and self-harm. God surfaced so many struggles in the lives of the students through this sermon. I literally stayed for an hour after the service just counseling teens who were hurting and admitting struggles. I was up past midnight responding to all kinds of texts and emails over the topic. I believe many times, youth ministries aren’t coming close to scratching the surface of the real issues in students lives. And at other times, the student ministries who do focus on all the immediate issues…aren’t pointing them to Jesus thru the gospel. There has to be a real balance here of being proactive and reactive. Proactively letting the Holy Spirit deal with issues from the Word, and reactively preaching the issues that we’re aware of when they become urgent. Feel free to check out and use all of our media on cutting and self-abuse for your own life and ministry.
Justin is one of our CBSM summer interns. Our summer interns are given tons of responsibilities like: write a message each each from the passage CBSM is going through that week, walk through their study of the message with Pastor Chip, go to staff meetings, go to CBSM small groups, lead a CBSM small group once over the summer, take one student out to eat to mentor them each week, complete miscellaneous tasks, work for/with each church staff member, etc. Since Justin believes he is called to be a youth pastor, I also gave him an opportunity to teach our students. So here he goes…Mark 5…The Authority of Christ in Missions (by Justin Nettles). Mark 5 on The Authority of Christ in Missions by Justin Nettles (mp3)