Yep, I Have Teens

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Yep, I Have Teens

“They don’t want to go, and I’m tired of asking.” Changing the root inside of them as only Jesus can.

Satan’s biggest attack in your Christianity will be your belief about church. He is going to try everything to keep you out, since it is his gates that cannot stand against the church. Satan tries everything to keep people out of church. His arguments are heard among believers – from the new believer to the seasoned veteran. You will hear things like: It’s not relevant. Not practical. Too far. I’ve been wounded. They are hypocrites. Fake. I can’t find a good church. They just want your money. It’s full of sinners. I’m not good enough to be around those people. God would strike me down if I went to church. It’s boring. The parking is too hard. It’s too hot. It’s raining, better stay home. It’s too nice a day; I think I’ll go to the lake. I have to work Sundays. It’s boring. It’s too loud. I don’t like the music. They don’t really teach anything…

…But the most frequent attack will be on what you believe about God’s House. Why? Because satan knows that if he can keep a Christian on the sidelines, out of the body of Christ, stuck in the bleachers, or even throwing stones, then he can keep that Christian from flourishing, from reaching their God-given potential. One day a week is God’s system. Just one. He wants us in His house one day a week, and the other six we are out reaching others, being a light…

…And so you can expect satan to attack everything imaginable about God’s house. Your only real defense is to love the House. Love will never fail. It will put the grace and forgiveness in your heart to walk through the drama and crisis, and keep your roots nice and deep, drawing in the blessed and prospering water…

…This chapter exists to show you the importance of making sure your teen is in church one day every week. First thing you will often find is that your teenager doesn’t want to go to church. I want you to realize they will know exactly what to say to you so that you won’t make them go anymore. They will tell you, “It’s just a lot of games. We don’t even have a teaching most of the time.” That isn’t true. But it is what they will say. Truth be told, if there were no teaching and it was all fun and games, you probably wouldn’t get a lot of complaining from your teen. You can bet there are leaders who deeply care about teaching and training the young people. Okay, so your teen has a convincing argument about why they won’t go. First, if your teen said they were not going to be going to school anymore, what would your response be? You would make them go to school. It isn’t even a discussion. Of course you have to go to school. Why? Well, because not going will be future-altering. The same is true of God’s house. Not participating is going to be a future-altering action. If you would make them go hear about evolution for one hour a day (public school), then make them go hear about Jesus for one hour a week.

Second, go to the teen group with them and see for yourself. Volunteering in the group may be amazing, or it may be a put off for them, but you could sit in the back for a meeting and see if it really is as pointless as they had described to you. I had told my Dad they were teaching really weird stuff at church, about angel worship and demon worship, and my Dad got all upset. I had told him exactly what he would want to hear so that I wouldn’t have to go. But the very next meeting he sat in the back, and I didn’t know. So when I went to tell him again how messed up the teaching was, he caught me.

Third, I encourage you to keep your teen with you for at least one service so they can hear from the pastor. They are totally ready. They are learning complicated equations, physics, atomic mass; they can certainly sit and hear the parable of the sower and the seed with you…

…One of the many strengths of being in God’s house is they are hearing the right message once a week. Here is an opportunity to have someone else saying exactly what you are saying. It’s watering the seed for love, forgiveness, attitude, hope, faith, prayer, and the like…

…If your teen knows that you make God’s House number one in your house, they will have a much easier time being impacted by God’s house. Whatever is important to you will be important to them…

Excerpt from Pastors Jason & Kelli Anderson’s book
Yep, I Have Teens
Purchase here.

2018-03-29T12:40:07+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Pastor Jason Anderson|