Salt & Light: A Guide to Loving Northwest Indiana

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The teaching must be biblical. This might seem obvious; however, much of the youth material available today focuses on extra-biblical principles. A great deal of popular youth studies have more to do with what they should watch, listen to, or wear than it does with scripture. Many of these ideals are not built on a strong biblical foundation, but rather on personal and cultural preferences. While there may be a place for these topics in ministry, they are not enough to give youth what they really need.

Bible by helping them understand the text while not being intimidated by it. Many youth are hesitant to start reading the Bible because they don’t know where to start. Giving them an understanding of Scripture as a whole eliminates that fear and gives them TVYL JVUÄKLUJL PU [OLPY V^U WLYsonal study of God’s Word. 3XbRX_[TbWX_ The third goal of any good ministry is

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I feel it is important to use expository teaching rather than topical teaching. Early in my ministry, I made the mistake of teaching the same lesson topics over and over again. About six years ago, I began doing expository teaching instead. By the end of this year, we will have gone through almost the entire Bible. Second Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is breathed V\[ I` .VK HUK WYVĂ„[HISL MVY [LHJOing, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.â€? We must give youth an overview of the entire Ben Miller, Program Director, with students at Urban Faith Works in Gary.

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