Meet Our Youth and Associate Pastor
I count it a great privilege and honor as I hope to be given the opportunity each week to have a voice in the life of your student(s). I take very seriously the charge that I have been given as a Minister of the Gospel to the next generation. We all know that the teenage years are some of the most difficult years in a person’s life. Research shows that it is during these years, the vast majority will choose “whom they will serve” and that decision will have a great impact on their future. It is my commitment to you as a ministry that I will teach and model the transcendent truths of the word of God each week here at Bethel Baptist Youth Group. I will not water down or manipulate the message to fit the culture, but rather build a biblical foundation that will with stand life’s storms. I will welcome your student(s) each week with open arms and will do my best to help them find not a house but a home. Here at Bethel Baptist Youth Group you will find passionate praise, the preached word and deep ministry. Although there is no greater voice in the life of a teenager than that of a parent, we are truly thankful for the small part you allow us to play.
The culture in which we live today is constantly filling our young people’s minds with differing opinions than that which God’s Word teaches. They are being told there are many avenues to reach God, homosexuality should be accepted and supported, abortion is not only a choice but a right, sexual immorality should be celebrated while abstinence is silenced and the Word of God is out dated and no longer relevant. This world view is coming from television, radio, the internet, our school systems, and yes even from our government. How do we combat this on slot that our youth today are facing? It can only be done by instilling in them the Truths found in God’s Holy Word! It begins in the home and is built upon at church. Let us partner together as we adhere to scripture in Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” It’s my belief that we must teach our youth to live out 1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
Let us fulfill the calling God has given each of us to lead our youth into a greater understanding of His love, His plan of salvation, and how they can become servants of His by fulfilling His purpose and will in their lives. I would love the opportunity to share my heart and thoughts for the future with you as a parent and listen to your thoughts and concerns as to the direction God is leading me as your Youth Pastor.
Larry David Freeman
Bethel Baptist Church