Back in late July, Costi W. Hinn, pastor of Redeemer Bible Church, tweeted the following:
Our student ministry grew 396% in 6 months leading up to COVID. Here is what we did:
1. Expository preaching
2. Singing sound doctrine (no Bethel)
3. Live/anonymous Q&A after every message w/ QR code.
Youth pastors, stop acting like clowns. Be real, Biblical, & love them.Costi W. Hinn
Costi’s tweet is encouraging and confirms the fact that there are still many teens who desire sound Biblical doctrine.
We all know the horror stories of young people leaving the church because they couldn’t get straight answers from the Bible, their parents or pastors.
Christian Worldview for Students, Vol 2, Your Worldview Notes for Going to College Without Going Astray, by Brannon Howse, President and Founder of Worldview Weekend lays out 10 Biblical arguments why we need to prioritize teaching Biblical doctrine to our littles, teens (and adults):
1) Biblical doctrine builds discernment and reveals the will of God for our lives.
Discernment. “But test everything; hold fast what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).
The will of God. “If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority” (John 7:17).
2) Biblical Doctrine prepares us for good works.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
3) There has been a vast falling away from Biblical truth.
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths” (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
4) False teaching is destroying lives.
“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ” (Colossians 2:8).
5) Biblical doctrine taught early and consistently builds a faith that lasts.
Paul speaking about Timothy, says, “and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15).
“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise” (Deuteronomy 6:7).
6) Biblical doctrine stirs the heart and mind.
Proverbs 4:23 explains that out of the heart “spring the issues of life.”
“For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved” (Romans 10:10).
7) There is no application without acquisition—knowledge means the acquisition of truth; wisdom means the application of truth.
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:6). “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight” (Proverbs 9:10).
8) Biblical doctrine convicts those who contradict.
“He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it” (Titus 1:9).
9) Biblical doctrine will last forever.
The Bible says that, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever” (Isaiah 40:8). When we commit ourselves to teaching and training hearts and minds with the Word of God, we are planting in the lives of others something that will last through all eternity.
10) Lives are at stake, as Hebrews 9:27 says, “just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.”
“My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20).
Adults as well as teens can tell you more about pop culture, sports teams, and Hollywood, but can they tell you how we know Jesus is God, how we know the Bible is true, or how we know Jesus rose from the dead? Biblical doctrine is the Gospel, the will of God for our lives, and it is what Jesus talked most about during His earthly ministry.
Should we do any less?1
References and Notes
- Howse, Brannon. Christian Worldview for Students: Vol. II Your Woldview Notes for Going to College without Going Astray. Worldview Weekend Publishing, 2008.