If there is any group of people who needs the right set of FRIENDS, it is teenagers. I cannot overemphasize the importance of helping your kids get connected with a good peer group. They become like the people they spend time with, and I would argue that their peer group during the teen years has a greater influence on their lives than their parents.
Whether we want to believe it or not, we all know it’s true, because we were all teenagers at one time in our lives. And let me just say, I’m glad I do not have to go through that stage of life again. Being a teenager is tough and one of our roles as a parent is to raise them in church and encourage them to run around with a good group of FRIENDS.
It seems like a no brainer to me but let me encourage all the parents to get your kids to Up & Out (middle school on Wednesday at 7PM) and GSM (high school on Sundays at 7PM). This is where they will hear a Bible message relevant to their stage of life, and they will meet in a small group Bible study with kids in their grade. Parents, let’s make our kids’ spiritual growth a TOP PRIORITY!