Every once in a while, I come across a statement in a book I’m reading that begs to be shared. This is one of them.
“Younger believers don’t need another speaker to come in and tell them about dating, self-esteem, and relationships. They need to have relationships with saints who have put on a few miles in the Christian life and have faced challenges to their faith and practice that younger believers have not. And the lessons learned from these relationships need to be passed on to the rest of us in unplanned, unchoreographed, and unplugged conversations.”
This is from Michael Horton’s, The Gospel Driven Life, p. 197. I highly recommend this book. But since it is the sequel to, Christless Christianity, you’ll probably need to read that one (highly recommended as well) first.
We tend to over-think and over-react when we hear bad things going on with our youth. I'm afraid that's part of the problem. Saying we need to simplify things is easy, but doesn't give enough information. This paragraph is an appeal to simplify, and it give all the information we need to do what is suggested.
We need to stop age-segregating our churches.