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DNow Weekend ’15 _ Living Faith

DNow Weekend ’15 _ Living Faith

 by Josh Ehlers, Student Ministry Associate

             It is commonly said that 86% of teenage students leave the church once they graduate high school. Recently, Lifeway Research has reported that that percentage is not correct. They have reported that only 70% of teenage students leave the church after high school. 70% instead of 86%? Really? I don’t know about you, but Lifeway’s new research doesn’t encourage me about the status of our teenage dropouts.

            Why do teenage students leave the church when they graduate high school? Could it be that they have been leaching off of the faith of their parents for the past 18 years? Could it be that they don’t really have saving faith, but rather a simple cognitive belief that Jesus is real? James, the brother of Jesus, speaks of a faith that is dead and consequently doesn’t save:

            “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled, without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

James 2:14-17 

            James had the same problem in his church as we have today. People are claiming to have faith in Jesus, but their faith is dead. Some teenagers in James’ church had a cognitive belief in God (Ja. 2:19), but were not following the basic command of Jesus to love your neighbor. Who knows? Maybe the teenagers in James’ church stopped gathering with other Christians once they hit adulthood too.

            At Disciple Now this year, we are partnering with almost 15 local churches, to proclaim the glorious gospel to students in the Hardin County area. Students will be apart of three worship services and will be staying in the homes of church members all weekend. I believe God is going to wake up many students from their dormant non-saving faith. God the Father is most glorified when his Son is adored and exalted. Five hundred students will be exalting the name of Jesus on the weekend of Feb. 27th-Mar. 1st.  Make sure your teen does not miss out on this opportunity! Early bird registration ends February 15th.  Click this link to register now.

 

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