Here’s a preview of some of the material that will be covered in our Children’s and Family Ministry Forum on Sunday Morning, June 28th @ 9:15am. Come join us!
Youth Vision Statement
We believe Youth Ministry at CVCC must faithfully proclaim the death and resurrection of Christ for the forgiveness of sins and eternal joy in his presence, so that students repent of their sin and are reconciled to God through faith and trust in Jesus Christ. We want students to see “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” and “count all things in this world as loss” compared to the surpassing worth of knowing Him.
We believe that knowing and proclaiming Christ in this way will produce students that burn with a passion to magnify the worth of Jesus Christ, that it will prepare them to suffer for his name’s sake, and that, most importantly, God will be glorified.
Vision Statement Emphases:
1. The Role of God’s Spirit and the Means He Uses to Change the Hearts of Youth
We believe that the Holy Spirit is not sitting idly by waiting to reach students through their iPods, Xboxes, or computers in order to win them to Christ. Rather, we believe the Holy Spirit loves God’s word and wants to use that word to change hearts and lives for God’s glory. This is why Paul calls God’s word the “sword of the Spirit” in Ephesians 6:17. This is what is implied and meant by the statement, “faithfully proclaim the death and resurrection of Christ.”
I Corinthians 15:1-4, “1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…”
2. Treasuring Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ is of greater value and worth than anything. We believe, therefore, that the greatest joy and fulfillment comes from knowing, following and worshipping him.
Philippians 3:7-9 “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith…“
We believe that one of the marks of true faith and essential elements of the gospel is the Spirit enabled and inspired “turning” or repentance from sin against God.
Mark 1:14-15, “14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
We believe that followers of Jesus Christ are not promised absolute material or social comfort in this world and may in fact suffer dramatically as both a result of the fallen world in which we live and from persecution. This belief is drawn from verses like Philippians 3 (above) and the testimony of men like the Apostle Paul who learned to be content in suffering knowing he had a greater reward and an abiding one in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:16-17 “16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”
Romans 8:31-32 “31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?“