Love God – Love Each Other – Serve The World

The youth ministry at the Central Church of Christ exists for only one reason: to make disciples who are capable of making other disciples.  We believe that being a disciple of Jesus means loving God, loving each other, and serving the world.  Our students are challenged to take ownership of their faith, not just accept something that has been handed to them.  They are expected to make it their own and strive in these three areas every week by participating in each step of our discipleship process.

Love God

To love God means to understand who he is and what he has done for us.  Jesus explained in John 8 that after continuing in His teachings, a person could “know the truth and the truth will set you free.”  He then made a bold claim in John 14:6 by saying “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”.  So to know Jesus/ His teachings is to know the truth, or put another way, is to know God.  The CYM accomplishes this through praise, prayer, and study on Sunday mornings during both congregational worship and Illuminate (our youth program on Sunday mornings).

Love Each Other

Once a relationship is developed with God, the next step is to love His other children.  Paul told the Romans that “the Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:16-17).  If God has adopted  us (v. 15), then we are all brothers and sisters, belonging to the same family.  As a family, we not only share companionship as siblings, but we also posses the unique qualities of a royal blood line as heirs to God’s kingdom.  That uniqueness is something that we only share with other Christians, and so we depend on them to understand (as no one else can) where we want to go, how we want to get there, and what might cause us to stumble along the way.   To help each other, we must first love each other and we come to love one another on Wednesday nights through our small group discussions.

Serve The World

James pointed out that a knowledge of God and even an knowledge of those around us does no good unless that knowledge produces action.  He reasoned, “But someone may well say, ‘You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works'” (James 2:18).  James went on to say that even the demons believe in God, but that belief does not accomplish anything if it is not strong enough to generate good deeds.  We hope to show people in the Athens area who God is through our service to them on Sunday afternoons and throughout the week.