Matthew 16:18 - And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Last month I was blessed to spend an evening at a major youth conference sponsored by the ministry I serve. That night over 850 teens had gathered to worship, hear testimonies from their peers and hear the Word preached by a young adult who had once been in their number. That night the group also commissioned 23 teens to go on short term mission trips to three international locations and one domestic location. It was a blessing to watch the group pray for their peers and ask God’s blessings as they went on mission for God. In addition to praying, the group also took up an offering. They had been challenged to bring $10 to donate to the various mission efforts that the 23 students would be engaged in. Nearly $6,000 was raised that night, by teens, to send teens on mission for God.
It was a moving moment to experience. But I think it also serves as a great reminder that no matter what all the pundits say about young people abandoning the church, there are still many who have not bowed the knee to Baal. There a hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of teenagers across America who are deeply committed to sharing the love of Christ with others. They are willing to give of their time and their money to make this happen. They are a force to be reckoned with.
Though many are concerned about the future of the church in America, I am not discouraged. In fact, I am encouraged. I witness gatherings like that one and I am reminded that the gates of hell will not prevail against God’s church. The church may go through ups and downs, but until Jesus returns to take His bride, the church, home to heaven, the church will continue to be His voice on earth.
Lord, raise up a generation of men and women willing to put it all on the line for You. Amen.
Dr. Terry W. Dorsett has been a pastor, church planter, denominational leader and author in New England for more than 20 years. He is a happy husband, a proud father and adoring grandfather. He is a cancer survivor and believes that God works powerfully through times of suffering. He has written a book about the spirit of offense that prevails in our current society. You can find all of his books at: