How to Determine If 'Youth Group' Is Even Biblical
BY SCOTT BROWN, CP GUEST CONTRIBUTOR
September 23, 2013|4:48 pm
As we apply this to the question, "Is youth group even biblical," we must ask, "Is there a biblical warrant for it?"
It is startling to observe that we do not find any biblical warrant for the modern practice of separating or segregating the church by age. On the contrary, there are explicit commands to bring children to the gatherings and many instances where children are being taught alongside parents. In both the Old and the New Testaments, the pattern is always that the people of God are gathered together as one body – the rich and the poor, the young and the old. On the other hand, the gatherings are never age segregated.
From the Scriptures themselves we only see one pattern of celebration, worship, instruction and discipleship for the people of God. It is age integrated; the entire church gathering together, not divided into age categories. So we ask, "Is age-segregated youth group in the church even biblical?" Look carefully throughout the whole of Scripture. Look for positive biblical evidence that segregating the church by age is biblical. Is there an explicit warrant, example, or direction in Scripture for a separating the church by age categories for effective ministry? The answers to these questions will answer the question, "Is youth group even biblical?"