Youth News

Message from the Youth Leader:

Paul’s letter to the Church of Corinth was not written to you.  It was written to a particular church in a particular time dealing with particular issues with regards to their particular culture.  If we judge scripture with 21st century ethics or with the two-thousand years of church history hindsight, then we are reading the word of God wrong.  We must remember that any text divorced from the context of its author and intended audience loses most of the meaning and nuance of the author’s intent.

Paul’s letter to the Church of Corinth was saved for you to read.  Leaders of the early church copied and distributed this letter because it shared some important truths.  Theologians included this letter in the canon of the bible because it held value as a writing of the apostles.  As a work of literature, when taken in the proper context, this letter provides timeless wisdom and guidance for churches struggling with issues like those of the Church of Corinth.

But I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head. But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head—it is the same as having her head shaved. For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head (1 Corinthians 11:2-6, NIV)

This particular passage was written in a time when women were property to be owned by husbands and fathers; a time when to walk down the street as a woman with her head uncovered was a sign that she was making herself available, treating the treasure of her beauty like its value was to be used as a temptation for others.  Later in this chapter, Paul reminds his audience that, to God, men and women have equal importance, but right here, Paul highlights the expectations of the culture.  Do we have the freedom to walk around dressed however we wish? Yes.  Do we have the freedom to treat our bodies however we wish? Yes.  “‘I am allowed to do anything.’ Yes; but not everything is good for you” (1 Corinthians 6:12 GNT).  Not only is not everything good for you, but if you are exercising your own freedom at the cost of others, without regard for how your freedom might affect those around you, or with a sense of self-righteousness, then are you really loving God and loving others?  We do not need to be stuck up, fun-hating killjoys in order to follow scripture, but neither should we become counter culture and wild simply to express our freedom, and do what we like.  Paul reminds us that loving God and loving others is well expressed in our desire and ability to reach others for Christ and explains that his method is to “become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22, NIV).  God can and will use all things for good, and He gives us the freedom to make our own decisions, so how will you use your freedom to best show His love to the world around you?

Event Updates:

  • Bible Study:
  • Sundays               9-10am
  • Wednesdays      6:30-7:30pm

We are currently working through the letters of 1 & 2 Corinthians in both classes.

  • Fall Parent Dinner:
  • Friday, 10/30 from 5-8pm:  This is dinner is to show off what your children have learned and to provide information on upcoming events.  If you are unable to attend, please let the youth leader know so that you can receive a copy of the packet.
  • Afterschool Special:
  • Friday, 10/23 from 5-9pm: Afterschool event focused upon service and fun.  The plan is to make a meal together, perform a small service project, and have fun.

(Current Scheduled dates are 10/23, 11/6, 11/20)

  • Hope is Born, Live Nativity: 12/18 – 12/20/2020