Program. But Preach.

program but preach

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect
– 1 Peter 3:15

It’s that time of the week again.  In a little over an hour teenagers will start to arrive.  Is ProPresenter working?  Is the Air Hockey table on?  Who’s running the cafe?  How are the sound levels?  Is your playlist on Spotify ready?

Program.  But preach.

Students are coming from all kinds of homes, histories, and half-heart/whole-heart/no-heart motivation to your gathering.  But what are they leaving with?  When you take the stage, preach the Gospel.  Equip them so they can be prepared to give an answer.  Teach them the Word.

And teach them (read: show them) how to be more like Christ.  We mustn’t fill their minds and leave their souls destitute.  We cannot sand off the sharp corners of doctrine with a group hug of tolerance.

Students are coming.  Equip them to know Christ and be like Christ.

Otherwise, what are we really doing?