|Posted by H. Mark Smith on March 4, 2016 at 12:55 AM|
(The following is a guest entry from the Youth Ministry from Church of the Holy Spirit, Mattapan. Thanks to Dominique Bocanegra, their youth minister, for permission to use.)
Teenagers need a safe place to confess and confide.
“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed."James 5:16
Often teenagers who struggle with temptation have nowhere to confess and confide. They feel trapped by these temptations but a healthy youth group can create a safe space for teenagers to open up and talk honestly about their struggles. Of course this doesn't mean they should confess every sin to everyone. But it does mean that they should have a handful of others who know their struggles and can pray for and encourage them to walk in victory over those sins.
Many of our youth went on a retreat this year where they had the opportunity to open up with others about their struggles. As a church, we should strive to help keep youth group a space for open and honest dialogue; a place for the opportunity to know, live, share and own their faith with their peers.
- Dominique Bocanegra, Church of the Holy Spirit, Mattapan
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