Top Ten subscribed by Rev. David Gilpin

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Rev. David Gilpin

Senior Minister of Hope Church, Sheffield Behind everything you see is something you don’t see.

This book is designed to outline nuggets of wisdom that often remain invisible behind thriving churches and ministries. Mixed with a touch of humour. Top 10 of Everything looks into the Private Word and the Practical World, the Handy Hints World and the Wide World of Knowledge. It gives advice on many subjects that may prove invaluable to established and up-and-coming leaders. Read it all at once or read it one Top Ten at a time. This book can also provide new preachers with an opportunity to ‘borrow’ some of the Tom 10 outlines to create lively and dynamic sermons. 

Top ten THINGS YOU DEFINITELY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUTH MINISTRY 

YOUNG BLOOD

Youth ministry is tough at the best of times. Often the youth leaders are still working through a lot of stuff in their own lives and they-re given the entire responsibility for a whole lot of other lives. There’s not much praise from the youth and definitely a lot less from the parents. There’s pressure from the elders because the youth don’t sit still in church and if that’s not enough, the Devil is somewhere around as well. 

  1. YOUTH MINISTRY IS PASSION PERSONIFIED

 It’s the heart of enthusiasm for every church. Let their passion drive the music, fuel the worship, fill the testimonies and impregnate the atmosphere. Take the ‘suits’ off the front rows and let the youth sit there. 

   2. YOUTH MINISTRY IS ‘PAY PER VIEW

 It is a payment by instalments. Teenagers don’t make one big decision for Jesus but a series of min-decisions. Each decision lets them view that bit more of God’s amazing call for their lives. 

   3. YOUTH MINISTRY IS A TIME-SAVING DEVICE

 Prevention is better than cure. The smart money is in an awesome youth programme that puts teens on the right footing for life. It saves lots of time of ‘adult’ ministry. 

   4. YOUTH MINISTRY IS THE MOST VOLATILE

 They go from the top of Everest to the depths of the earth in a day. Trust that under all the emotion is a faith that will keep them from falling. 

   5. YOUTH MINISTRY IS PRONE TO THE PACK INSTINCT

 They arrive in a pack and leave in a pack. Within the pack, though, are lone wolves hungry for God. 

   6. YOUTH MINISTRY IS ABOUT PUSHING THE LIMITS

 Safe is boring. Outrageous is more like it. 

   7. YOUTH MINISTRY IS A MATTER OF BEING ‘WISE AS SERPENTS’

 In attempting to be relatable, the youth leader sometimes takes on the same spirit as the people he’s trying to help. 

   8. YOUTH MINISTRY IS A PROPHETIC MINISTRY

 If you change the youth, you can change the nation. Almost every movement for good has been through a youth revolution. 

   9. YOUTH MINISTRY IS NOT A STEPPING STONE

 Full stop. 

  10. YOUTH MINISTRY IS MUCH MORE THAN YOUTH MINISTRY

 It is also ministry to the parents, crowd control, health and safety supervision, damage limitation, child protection, financial assistance and family planning. 

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Word for the Week by Rev. Anderson

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Rev. E. Anderson

REDEEM 

This word was brought home to me with some significant at the funeral service of a dear friend and colleague. In giving a gracious speech with regard to his late, beloved father, he mentioned that his favourite word was ‘redeemed.’ Obviously not many people were aware of it but I recall in memory how of the loved to use it. 

It is apparent that it is closely identified with its associate word ‘redemption.’ This particular word in the Hebrew was well-known and appreciated by the people of Israel in relation to the outworking of the divine laws that had been given to them. 

The dictionary defines it ‘to recover possession or ownership of by payment of a priceor service; to recover (something pledged, mortgaged or pawned). In the direction of the nation in its government, God laid down laws by which Israelites could by right redeem people, property, animals etc., and payment had to be made in order to effect such. People were able to recover someone or something that they regarded as precious as long as they could provide the price that was justly laid down. 

They were a redeemed people themselves and so redemption was a meaningful factor. For nearly four hundred years they had been slaves in Egypt and were not regarded as a people. They had no seeming identity and no future until God did something about it. The book of Exodus reveals HOW He redeemed this people to Himself at a costly price – see Exodus 12 and 13 where the each family had to slay a lamb and place some of its blood on the lintels of the door. It had to be roasted and eaten in preparation for a unique journey. The Egyptian firstborn was slain that night and so the way was made open for their immediate exodus. Redemption was a costly price for their release. God was their great Redeemer. 

One of the titles ascribed to Christ is Redeemer. His advent into the world was in order to redeem the world of mankind back to God and open a way of release from evil by the payment of a redemption price. In His own words He expressed the reason for His coming to this earth. He said: ‘The Son of Man came not to be ministered unto but to minister and to give His life a ransom for many’ – Mark 10: 45; Matthew 20: 28. His death was different to all others. It was not a martyr’s death but He became the sacrifice for man’s sins so that he could be give and reconciled to God. The Cross became the place where reconciliation was accomplished and that is where every sinner must meet God and own Christ as His Redeemer and Saviour.19. 

The apostle Peter makes the point with regard to human redemption by means of Christ’s death when he penned these words: ‘you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold . . . . . .but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without spot’ – 1 Peter 1: 18, 19. It took the death of the sinless Son of God to procure the right of redemption for all men, for you. Paul affirms – ‘For you were bought with a price’ – 1 Corinthians 6:20. How costly was the price paid by God in order to secure our release from sin.  

‘To redeem, signifies to procure life for a captive or liberty for a slave by paying a price, and the precious blood of Christ is here stated to be the price at which the souls of both Jews and Gentiles were redeemed; is was a price paid down, and a price which God’s righteousness required’ – Adam Clarke 

Someone put it like this: ‘We owed a debt we could not pay: He paid a debt He did not owe.’ 

I heard a story once of a boy who made a lovely boat. Having tried it out at a local pond he took it to the sea front to sail in the sea. Unfortunately the wind swept it away from his grasp and out of sight. He thought that was the end of it. However, in his visit to the seaside a he was looking in the shops he espied his boat. How it had got there he did not know. He loved that boat dearly and raised the monies to purchase it. When he got it back into his hands he said: ‘You are twice mine. I made you and I have redeemed you.’

And that is how God sees us when we are reconciled back to Him. 

PRAYER

Help me to fully appreciate the price that was paid by you Lord to secure my salvation from sin and to reconcile me to God.