“Jesus was not a gay man and I can prove it with the bible.” A student said these words to me after we finished our AP Verge class over Christian Ethics. The conversation was prompted when friends from school who, being influenced by a new TV show, told this student no one could really know if Jesus was gay or not. Today, students are being taught a completely different worldview other than Christ. They are being taught that morals are subjective, truth is relative, and humanity is independent from a divine creator. A phrase they hear often is “live your truth.”

Why is it important that a student could say they know Jesus wasn’t gay and they can prove it in the text? That student is recognizing that God’s Word is sufficient for all life’s questions and problems. When we say sufficient, we don’t mean that the student should read Galatians to prepare for their math test. Or to just memorize Romans 8 instead of getting chemotherapy. God’s Word being sufficient means that it speaks to the nerves that the student experiences as they study for their Math test. Teaching them to not be anxious, but trust in Christ (Matt 6:25-34). God’s Word being sufficient speaks to the cancer patient as they learn to suffer well and know that God works all things for good for those who love him (Roms 8:28-29).

Sufficiency of Scripture matters because it teaches your students that God’s Word can go toe to toe with every narrative that the world can throw at them. When asked if you can prove Jesus was gay or not, can you? Does God’s Word give principles and clear teaching on the matter? How should Student Ministries interact with such questions?

Students are being communicated a different narrative other than the Bible from every angle of life. Sadly, a lot of student ministries shy away from uncomfortable topics, only scratching the surface on the bible and leaving it at “Do you believe in Jesus? Me to!” If Student ministries avoid the hard questions in the bible and don’t wrestle with the countless narratives that the world has to offer, the student will get the answer somewhere else. This leads many to abandon Scripture and see it as an outdated, agenda-driven book crafted by judgmental people.

Verge Student Ministries believes in a holistic discipleship process. We want to meet every student where they are at and encourage them to take their next step with Jesus. Verge believes that every student is called to progressively grow in godliness, and we find that in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 when it says: 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

It is the belief of Verge Student ministries that all of God’s Word is profitable for the student today. Believing that truth, Verge decided to start additional in-depth studies of God’s Word called AP Verge. AP Verge goes through different topics and books of the bible. Each study lasting 4-6 weeks. Some of the classes we have done so far are: How to read the bible, Christian Ethics, James, and 1 John.

This year, AP Verge is excited to start its next calendar year. This fall, AP Verge will have the following courses available.

  • How to read your bible
  • Christian Ethics
  • Covenant – A study of the Old Testament Covenants
  • Trusted for Truth – A Parent AP Verge class from 1 Timothy.

Why should you and your student consider AP Verge?

  • Your Student: If they don’t get their questions about the bible answered at home or at church, they will get it answered somewhere else. I encourage you to disciple your student(s) to learn more about Christ because your student will start to become what influences them.
  • You the Parent: A phrase I hold to is, What you win them with is what you win them to. Your student has good questions! We want to come alongside you- the primary discipler of your students. What are you going to win your student with? What are you going to lead them to study? Where are you going to for answers? God’s Word is beautiful and sufficient for all life’s questions and problems. We want to offer you support and encouragement as you tackle questions and situations at home.

What are you going to have your student focus on this year? What are they going to invest in? Will they be able to back what they believe with scripture, and refute those who question them? Can you? Will your family take further steps towards discipleship to know God’s Word and make Him known to all? I hope to see you all at AP Verge this year!

Foster Toft serves as the director of student ministry at the Crown Point campus of Bethel Church.

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