I don’t mean to have a dig, but this book is so much more superior to any emerging church book written, and it is written by teenagers.
Alex and Brett Harris discuss the issue of low expectations which are not just laid upon teens but is accepted by teens and teen culture of play and fun. For the Harris’ enough is enough. They want to blow away the notion that teens are unable to understand anything complex or important – that they can’t do things which is vital, or make a difference. The Harris’, who have clerked for a supreme court have show that not only is it good to have higher expectations, but that it is biblical.
They write on page 50 “We are convinced that the teen years are the primary time God has given to us for strict training….Prov 20:29, “The glory of young men is their strength.”
The book is very challenging – they ask questions such as “Are we doing things now that will equip us for the greater things God may have for us to do? These are the fundamental questions for this season of our lives.”
And the bulk of the book focus upon the five different kinds of hard things which they encourage teens to do:
1. Things that are outside your comfort zone
2. Things that go beyond what is expected or required
3. Things that are too big to accomplish alone
4. Things that don’t earn immediate pay off
5. Things that challenge the cultural norm
Let me end with a quote from them:
“We’ve noticed that the fence that keeps us from breaking out of our comfort zones is nearly always built of fear – fear of weakness, discomfort, failure, humiliation. We’ve noticed something else too: you can’t live by fear and live by faith at the same time. As Paul wrote in 2 TIm 1:7 “God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power, of love and of self discipline.” And when we read the Bible heros who accomplished big, hard things for God, we discover the main job requirement: “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6).”
This is a book which we will give to every member of our youth ministry!