“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
1 Timothy 4:12
While navigating through their teens, young believers are inquisitive and eager about their faith. But what is their role? Through bible study and activities, teens discuss the challenges they experience with their peers. As they walk out Torah and claim Yeshua, how do they live, love and serve in the community? How do they make this, their faith? Towards the end of Sukkot, all of our feast goers will be encouraged as young adults lead a youth service from beginning to end through music, prayer and messages. These experiences point to the goal that one day they will be called as leaders in the body.
In a day and age where society desires to see men stripped of the very things that make them men, we strive to do the exact opposite. Yah made men as they are for a very specific and wonderful reason. We seek to restore the masculinity that society tries to purge from our men, young and old. The goals? To learn to recognize how those Yah-given gifts, instincts and desires, which are innate in a man, can be used for both good and evil, and to hone them that they may be used only for the good, bringing glory to our Heavenly Father and Yeshua our Messiah.
Our children have come to love "Feast Time" more than any other times of the year. As parents, we all desire our children to grow in their faith. One way to do that at Sukkot, is to come alongside parents and confirm the truth you instill in your children everyday. Bible study and Scripture memorization couldn't get more exciting with other children their age who are learning to walk in Torah and share faith in Yeshua. Sometimes our children think they're alone in this walk. After Sukkot, they'll know for sure that they have friends who live and love like they do!
Each Sukkot the women devote time exploring spiritual and emotional topics relevant to our walk in Torah and faith in Yeshua. Through bible study and the sharing of individual experiences we strive to better understand our heavenly father and how best to put into practice his desires for us (Philippians 4:9). Employing both group and one-on-one discussions provides a comfortable space for all to participate. Through this time together we provide opportunities to encourage one another and build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Ultimately leaving the feast with new or refreshed friendships, and a richer biblical perspective for managing our lives. Past study topics have included empathy, healing and emotional intelligence.