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I think the best way to really get teenagers to be invested in your student ministry honestly comes down to story. I heard Dr. Russell Moore say one time that just made so much sense to me. He said, "The Bible is not just a book of truths illustrated by stories. Instead, the Bible is a book that is the story of the gospel that's interpreted by truths." I think the number-one thing that student pastors can do today is to preach the story of the Bible. What we love to do is preaching from Genesis all the way through Revelation in seven years from sixth grade to 12th grade, helping students understand the narrative, overarching theme, the story of Scripture, of course, with Jesus as the main character.
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I think when we are able to preach and teach through the story of Scripture, then we are able to see Jesus and how our life story connects with the story of his glory, which is the Gospel story that God is writing all throughout not only history but also through the future.