I am a firm believer in the positive effects of youth groups and I would like to share 3 benefits with you:
There are several pieces of scripture that support this idea of a community mindset. I personally like to refer to 1 Peter 4:8-11 where he states,
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
It is normal to be curious and have questions about faith, but sometimes it’s difficult to ask questions when you’re not sure what to ask or how to say it. The beauty of the youth group is that there are like minded individuals who are present asking those same questions you have. There are also leaders among you who have had to work out the same questions of faith as well and are there to help you answer some of those tough questions. Proverbs 19:20 states,
“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.” The leaders in the youth group are there to help guide and assist in the growth of your relationship with God.
A beautiful thing about being in youth group is that you build awesome relationships that can last a lifetime. This comes with bearing one another’s burdens; what this means is that no one walks alone! As children of God we walk with many who have been through a variety of trials. Nevertheless we are called to stand alongside one another with compassionate hearts. In the book of Galatians chapter 6 verse 2, Paul says this,
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Isn’t awesome to know that you have a place to go where people care about you and your soul?
These are 3 awesome benefits I have learned in my time that I have spent in youth and it is my prayer and hope that you would experience this for yourself.