Uniquely Different Family Church’s youth name is Destination, because our youth are going somewhere. God said, “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart.”
God did not say, “Meet him where he is at.” But, “Train him up where he should go, and when he is old (mature) he will not depart.”
We, Uniquely Different Family Church, are all about:
1. Training 2. Maturing 3. Not departing
Meeting A Child Where He Is, Is To Keep Him Where He Is At.
Train up a child.
Newborn infants, how sweet. But as the child grows, we the church, the parents realize the great responsibility of training the child. We know that the child needs to be taught, not just catered to.
At the heart of every good teacher’s principal lies Solomon’s words...
Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
The verb for “train” means to dedicate. And the word for “way” generally refers to living correctly in God’s sight.
Solomon was advising us to set the child aside for special use. To dedicate him or her to the Lord and His path.
The verb “train” includes the idea of stimulating the child to good. How is this brought about? Through words of guidance, discipline, and encouragement. That assures them on the right path.
This is our main task from the Lord, and then to “dedicate” the child to God’s “way”.
Dedicating a child to God’s ways is the best course to set. Lessons driven home at a crucial stage of childhood will not go away. Hence the need for church and parental discipline, and guidance is greatly needed. We here at UDFC we are not focused on where our youth is now, but our focus is on where they are to be. They have a destination and from God’s Word, we the adults are to “train them”. Now that will cost us, but that’s okay. Because our next generation is worth it all.
We are not to meet them where they are, because if we do they will stay there– in a state of immaturity never knowing the deep things of God; mysteries, unspeakable treasures that will hold them in a hard time. We owe it to them, to train them.