UYN Youth Ministry Newsletter #6

 Hello UYN family,

I hope this week’s newsletter finds you all doing well, working hard, and loving students!

Here’s a few hopefully helpful links for you:

1) Here is an article on Swimming Pool Activity Ideas.  Some were pretty good, some were pretty crazy – especially the one with the pickup truck and water skis!

2) Here is a somewhat different kind of an article.  It’s called, “Why Mormons Do Better Youth Ministry Than We Do.”  It’s by Greg Stier, president of Dare 2 Share Ministries.

3) Here are the findings of some recent surveys that reveal what teens are watching most on TV, viewing most in the Internet, what they think is cool, etc., etc.

On another note, as youth leaders one of our primary tasks is to teach and preach the Word of God to our students.  I hope – sincerely hope – that you do not take this task lightly or begrudgingly.  The following is a list of helpful – and free – Bible study resources that are available on the web:

1) Bible Gateway – This is an awesome website.  You can look up words, phrases, and passages in over twenty different English translations, versions, and/or paraphrases of the Bible.  You can also do multiple passage searches in multiple versions at the same time! 

2) Blue Letter Bible – This is an awesome site, especially when it comes to basic Bible language aids.  You can look up any passage of Scripture.  You can look up what Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic word is used in that passage.  Let’s use John 1:1 as an example.  Here’s the passage.  Here’s the breakdown of each of the words of the passage.  Here the breakdown of the Greek word for “Word.”  Pretty neat, huh?  And it’s all free!

3) Desiring God – This is the ministry resource of John Piper, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church.  Especially helpful on this site are the hundreds – thousands even – of audio and video sermons that are available for free.  I like to hear what other guys have to say about the Scriptures I am addressing.  I especially like to hear what Piper has to say.  (And, if you didn’t listen to it when I posted it before, here’s what he had to say to us youth folks.)

4) SermonIndex.net – This is a pretty cool site.  They boast over 14,000 sermons from the past century…and you can listen to or read all of them…FOR FREE!

Let me encourage you to take your Bible study time to another level.  God will be honored by it and you and your students will be enriched by it.

Thanks for reading, clicking, and linking along with me.  I’m praying for all of you and your respective ministries even as a type this.

Your brother,
Deek Dubberly
Youth Pastor
Eastside Baptist Church

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