STARTING A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WTH GOD
Regularly Attending Sunday Services & Friday Night Fellowship
Attending Baptism Class
Partaking in Communion
DEVELOPING A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
Studying the Bible Daily
Attending Retreats and Conferences
DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS WITH BELIEVERS THROUGH SERVICE
Serving at Church
Serving in the Community
Becoming a Student Leader at FNF
DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS WITH NON-BELIEVERS
Holding Fellowships at School
Inviting Friends to Church
Participating in Missions
To develop devoted disciples of Jesus Christ, whose faith grows, survives, and thrives into adulthood.
Our mission is not for students to merely love and follow Jesus today, but to be prepared and equipped to walk with God over a lifetime.
God has ordained parents as the primary spiritual leaders of their family (Deuteronomy 6:4-7). Ideally, OYG will partner with parents in their children’s spiritual development, merely supplementing on the weekends what is already happening in the home 24/7.
Different from school, our primary mission is not for students to learn about academics. Different from sports and clubs, our primary aim is not for students to have fun with their friends in the community. These things will happen - but our deepest desire is for students to experience spiritual rebirth, to develop a personal relationship with the living God, and to grow in their repentance from sin, and in their faith in Jesus Christ, as they respond to His gracious Gospel.
To create a Christ-centered community where students can feel safe to experience the overflowing grace of God, and to overflow with God’s love toward others.
And God is able to make all grace overflow to you so that because you have enough of everything in every way at all times, you will overflow in every good work.
We’re all in this together! Our vision is for OYG to be a place where everyone feels warmly welcomed to encounter the living God in community, to ask questions, to honestly wrestle with their doubts, sins, and struggles, to be encouraged, and to grow in their faith in Jesus Christ.
GRACE We will be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry (James 1:19). When others make mistakes or sin against us, we will strive to humbly offer them the grace that God so generously gives to us (Matt. 5:7).
TRUTH As a community, we will read and treasure God’s Holy Word, the Bible, above all else, even if the world around us finds it ignorant, outdated, or offensive (John 17:17). We will not sacrifice truth in the name of being “non-judgmental” (John 7:24). We will speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).
ACCOUNTABILITY We will submit to our leaders as they submit to Christ (Hebrews 13:17). When we receive constructive criticisms, we will humbly welcome them as wonderful opportunities to grow! (Psalm 139:23-24).
COMMUNITY We’re all in this together! We will not self-isolate when life gets busy or difficult (Hebrews 10:25). God did not design the Christian life to be lived alone (Genesis 2:18); we need each other for mutual growth & encouragement!
By the time an OYG student completes our program and graduates, they should…
Be able to verbally communicate the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ, and to evangelize locally and globally (1 Cor. 15:1-5; God, Man, Christ, Response).
Know the major storyline and contents of the Bible
(Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration).
Develop habits and disciplines of grace, to grow in their love and relationship with God when they’re not at church (Bible study, prayer, Christian fellowship, worship through music, personal evangelism, service, fasting, lament, etc.).
Be able to defend their faith against atheism, false religions, and cultural values that contradict the Christian worldview, such as the celebration of homosexuality and the affirmation of abortion (apologetics).
Be prepared and equipped to resist sinful temptations in their own hearts, in the
culture, and in college (1 Peter 5:8-9; self-centeredness, people-pleasing, addictions, idolizing achievement, pornography & premarital sex, drunkenness).
Prioritize the local church, and join a Christian community, attending Sunday services weekly and church events regularly (Hebrews 10:25).