Leaders: Joel Ortiz and Pepper Lawrence
Youth Ministry at Olive Branch Christian Fellowship is centered around helping the youth take ownership of their faith. Our aim is threefold:
Knowing Faith – To stimulate the youth to engage in a deeper, more intimate relationship with God;
Owning Faith – Provide the youth with “the defense and confirmation of the gospel” in which we are all partakers (Philippians 1:7);
Living Faith – Encourage the youth to “contend earnestly for the faith” (Jude 3).
We understand the pressures and secular attitudes our Junior High and High School students currently face, and the bombardment of relativistic and naturalistic deception that will only intensify in days to come. That is why it is so important for our youth to understand the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is what we intend to impart.
Our method for imparting this truth relies on a strict adherence to the absolute truth of the Bible and the implementation of apologetics. While the Bible provides the foundation for one’s faith in Jesus Christ, apologetics assists in confirming this faith. It is important for our youth to understand the reasons behind the Christian faith and realize that when it comes to faith, no leaping is necessary. Apologetics helps reveal the evidence of our faith, evidence that will help our youth persevere, proceeding with steps of faith in the light, not leaps in the dark. Not only is it our hope that this instruction will prepare the youth to always be ready “to give a defense to everyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15), but that the confirmation of the truth of the Gospel will drive the youth to a closer and enduring relationship with their Lord and Savior.
We consider it an absolute privilege and pleasure to assist in sharing the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with your children.