I don’t agree with everything that John Piper has written, but it seems as if every time he speaks amazing things come out of his mouth…
This sermon, Imparting a Passion: A Challenge to Youth Workers, is extremely challenging. I’ve been reading “Speaking to Teenagers” by Doug Fields and Duffy Robbins, which has been helpful, but at the moment, I’m only halfway through with Piper’s sermon and have learned about 7 times as much as I have from that book. No offense to those guys, but everything they suggest means absolutely nothing if scripture is not at your heart and the heart of your ministry and the heart of what you say to your teenagers and the heart of everything that you do.
He talks about Luke 9:57-62
As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
And his comments are “This is not boring, this is crazy!”
The message of the kingdom of heaven is crazy. It’s foolishness. It’s dangerous. It’s life-risking. It’s incredibly different than any way that we would choose to follow on our own. It’s most definitely not boring. Thats the message that I want the youth at Thompson First Baptist to get from everything that we do.