We’re sitting poolside reading This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years by Jaquelle Crowe for our Lies Young Women Believe Summer Book Club. We hope you’ll join us if you haven’t already started reading. This week, we dug into Chapter 3: Our Community.
Check out this quick vlog update to get a special assignment from this chapter (and find out I sounds bit like Gaston this week). Then keep reading for more insights from Chapter 3 and another chance to win our Summer Book Club Pick.
Because We’re Better Together
Chapter 3 includes some seriously convicting observations about the church. I doubt I could say it better than Jaquelle, so I hope she doesn’t mind if I steal her words and put them here.
I believe that after the gospel saves us, it grabs our hands and leads us to church (Acts 2:46–47). . . . It is impossible (or, at best, contradictory) to love Jesus and hate the church. After we’re saved and have become part of the universal church (that is, all Christians everywhere), it is our responsibility to join a local church.
A big idea that many young people seem to be missing is that you need the Church and the Church needs you. Jaquelle points out that Scripture reinforces this idea by reminding us to:
- Worship together (Heb. 12:28).
- Learn together (1 Tim. 4:13).
- Fellowship together (1 John 1:7).
- Serve together (Gal. 5:13).
- Love together (John 15:12).
- Share together (Acts 2:45).
- Celebrate and suffer together (Rom. 12:14–15).
- Sing together (Ps. 149:1).
- Give together (2 Cor. 9:7–13).
Are you doing those things on the list with other Christians outside your family? I hope so! The stakes are too high for you (and for us) if you choose not to.
It’s Time to Leave Your Youth Group
If youth group is what you think of when you think of church, it’s time to step outside the walls of your youth room. Please remain committed to and involved with your youth group. Many of the goals on the list above are great to do with other Christians your age, but do them elsewhere, too. Worship with people who are nothing like you. Serve alongside people who you’d never see in your school hallways. Give to people whose needs are entirely different from yours.
Be sure to tell us how you plan to connect with Christians outside your youth group in a comment below.
Let’s Keep Reading!
Keep reading This Changes Everything along with us all summer long. Don’t miss Bethany’s post next Monday on Chapter 4: Our Sin.
We’ve still got a few copies of the book to give away. Log on to the giveaway widget below, and then leave us a comment. I’ll select three of you to win a copy this week.
See you next week!