Soldiers of Christ are marked by comradeship. They are a band of brothers, studying, training to honour God by living lives of purity and witness, seeking the Lord about to how to conduct themselves, how to speak, what cultural influences they should expose themselves to, how to behave, how to keep unspotted from the world and how to be effective for the Gospel.
With today’s communications, we think in terms of websites and facebook pages, supported by training weeks or weekends away, with some kind of graduation, to equip these young men to become the leaders of the future.
Someone said recently , ‘Church youth are taught to feast and play; we need to teach them how to fast and pray.’ Of course we need to encourage fellowship among church youth, but there must be more to the Christian life than singing songs and playing games.
Christian youth not solidly grounded in the scriptures, not praying with the Spirit, and not living lives of righteousness in the risen power of Jesus Christ are about as much use to the Kingdom of God and to a Church under siege as a swimsuit in a blizzard.
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