presenting the gospel Why should we prioritize the youth in our lives? Does it really matter?

Yes. It does.

  • Two out of three Christians come to Christ before age 18.
  • Satan is attacking our youth.
  • Children are Jesus’ priority.

It’s time to move the church beyond the business of entertaining and into the business of training and discipling our youth.

You can also view Bob Lenz’s “Presenting the Gospel to Youth” message on YouTube.

“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” – Matthew 18:6 (NIV)


Bob Lenz, Founder and President of Life! Promotions spoke during our Apr. 1 chapel.

Subscribe to the audio podcast of our chapel messages via iTunes.

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  1. Harold
    Apr 8, 2011
    at 10:02 am

    If your flesh and blood children have grown up in church (12+ years) and can’t even comprehend these questions, maybe they aren’t being taught anything important:

    What is the chief end of man?
    What rule has God given to direct us how we may glorify him?
    What do the Scriptures principally teach?
    What is God?
    Are there more Gods than one?
    How many persons are there in the Godhead?
    What are the decrees of God?
    How does God execute his decrees?
    What is the work of creation?
    How did God create man?
    What are God’s works of providence?
    What special act of providence did God exercise toward man in the state wherein he was created?
    Did our parents continue in the state wherein they were created?
    What is sin?
    Did all mankind fall in Adam’s first transgression?
    Into what estate did the fall bring mankind?
    Wherein consists the sinfulness of that state whereinto man fell?
    What is the misery of that state whereinto man fell?
    Did God leave all mankind to perish in the state of sin and misery?
    Who is the Redeemer of God’s elect?
    How did Christ, being the Son of God, become man?
    What offices does Christ execute as our Redeemer?
    How does Christ execute the office of a prophet?
    How does Christ execute the office of a priest?
    How does Christ execute the office of a king?
    Wherein did Christ’s humiliation consist?
    Wherein consists Christ’s exaltation?
    How are we made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ?
    How does the Spirit apply to us the redemption purchased by Christ?
    What is effectual calling?
    What benefits do they who are effectually called, partake of in this life?
    What is justification?
    What is adoption?
    What is sanctification?
    What are the benefits which in this life do either accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification?
    What benefits do believers receive from Christ at their death?
    What benefits do believers receive from Christ at the resurrection?
    What shall be done to the wicked at their death?
    What shall be done to the wicked at the day of judgment?
    What did God reveal to man for the rule of his obedience?
    What is the sum of the ten commandments?
    Which is the first commandment?
    What is required in the first commandment?
    Which is the second commandment?
    What is required in the second commandment?
    What is forbidden in the second commandment?
    Which is the third commandment?
    What is required in the third commandment?
    Which is the fourth commandment?
    What is required in the fourth commandment?
    How is the Sabbath to be sanctified?
    Which is the fifth commandment?
    What is required in the fifth commandment?
    What is the reason annexed to the fifth commandment?
    Which is the sixth commandment?
    What is forbidden in the sixth commandment?
    Which is the seventh commandment?
    What is forbidden in the seventh commandment?
    Which is the eighth commandment?
    What is forbidden in the eighth commandment?
    Which is the ninth commandment?
    What is required in the ninth commandment?
    Which is the tenth commandment?
    What is forbidden in the tenth commandment?
    Is any man able perfectly to keep the commandments of God?
    Are all transgressions of the law equally heinous?
    What does every sin deserve?
    How may we escape his wrath and curse due to us for sin?
    What is faith in Jesus Christ?
    What is repentance to life?
    What are the outward means whereby the Holy Spirit communicates to us the benefits of redemption?
    How is the Word made effectual to salvation?
    How is the Word to be read and heard that it may become effectual to salvation?
    How do Baptism and the Lord’s Supper become spiritually helpful?
    What is baptism?
    To whom is Baptism to be administered?
    Are the infants of such as are professing believers to be baptised?
    How is baptism rightly administered?
    What is the duty of such as are rightly baptised?
    What is the Lord’s Supper?
    What is required to the worthy receiving of the Lord’s Supper?
    What is meant by the words, “until he come,” which are used by the apostle Paul in reference to the the Lord’s Supper?

    I understand there are doctrinal differences to the answers to those questions. The issue is that they should be able to grasp the questions and have a biblical answer to each of those questions.

    “I am persuaded that the use of a good Catechism in all our families will be a great safeguard against the increasing errors of the times, and therefore I have compiled this little manual from the Westminster Assembly’s and Baptist Catechisms, for the use of my own church and congregation. Those who use it in their families or classes must labour to explain the sense; but the words should be carefully learned by heart, for they will be understood better as years pass.
    May the Lord bless my dear friends and their families evermore, is the prayer of their loving Pastor. ”
    -C. H. Spurgeon

  2. Apr 8, 2011
    at 2:27 pm

    Awesome message! Is this the Bob Lenz who started Lifest in my hometown, (Oshkosh, Wisconsin)??

    I’m an example of someone who was evangelized to as a young person. A neighbor took me to Sunday school at the Christian Missionary Alliance church and then invited me to an incredible summer camp (Lake Lundgren Bible Camp in Pembine, Wisconsin.) After that I found an amazing high school youth group at the Assemblies of God church. So many adults shaped me into the Christian I am today. And it made such a difference in my life.

    I was blessed to find my way to churches and organizations who got the message that kids are important.

    • Apr 9, 2011
      at 9:00 am

      It’s the same Bob Lenz

      • Apr 9, 2011
        at 4:03 pm

        Super cool! Lifest is July 6-10 for anyone who happens to be in Oshkosh. :) Newsboys, Mercy Me, Toby Mac, Skillet, Lincoln Brewster, etc….so many good Christian musicians and speakers.

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