As time goes by, the numbers of Christian teens falling away continue to climb. One of the main causes of the problem is that we expect so little from the youth in the church. If a teen comes to worship and class periods and makes it to some of the youth group activities, we consider them to be doing well. The fact is, we treat them like youth group members and not Christians. What should we expect from teens?

First, we should expect to see spiritual growth. Many times we see a teen get baptized at 13, and by the time they turn 18 we just hope they can stay faithful through college. Anyone else that has been a Christian for 5 years is expected to be an involved, faithful member. We should expect nothing less from teens. The commandment to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18) applies to Christians of all ages. We need to teach them to study God’s Word and guide them into a strong relationship with God that is based on their own faith, not the faith of their peers or youth minister.

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