Philosophy of Northpoint Student Ministry
Northpoint Student Ministry is above all things focused on studying and understanding the Word of God. We come together with the intent of knowing the entirety of Gospel, understanding the principles and commandments that God has given us in the Bible, and preparing the students to rightfully handle the Word of God. We desire to know Him and the wonderful salvation that He has provided through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to the deepest of our abilities. We come together as a group of young people to encourage one another in the practical outworking of Biblical principles in our lives and to apply those principles to the situations that are specific to the trials of youth. Our goal is to live our lives as Christ-like as possible and to glorify God in all that we do. The end goal of Northpoint Student Ministries is to develop young adults who have a personal relationship with Christ, know, understand, and live the gospel, and continually seek the wisdom of God as they show the Bible to be the source of absolute truth for their lives
Discipleship through small groups and one-on-one relationships are foundational to the growth of any believer and particularly so in the life of students. Northpoint Student Ministries encourages each student to be involved in various discipleship relationships beginning with parents and including ministry directors, small group leaders, and other students. Our goal in discipleship is to support parents in their leadership over their students and to provide Godly influences and friends in small group leaders who are willing to help the student improve their strengths and overcome their weaknesses, and to continually grow students in their relationships with God through teaching, reproof, correction (2 Tim. 3:16) exhortation, encouragement (1 Thess. 2:12) and the fellowship of the body of Christ. (1 John 1:3-4) These relationships are intended to provide a solid support system for each student to lean on and to learn from so that they may in turn grow in their walk to the point that they fulfill the command of Matthew 28:19-20 in going and making “disciples of all the nations.”
Growth in our knowledge of God and understanding the truth of what He has provided to us through salvation should produce a great desire to share the gospel message with all we come in contact with. Just as all believers, youth are called to evangelize and witness to the lost. Northpoint Student Ministries desires to bring students to spiritual maturity that allows them to “always be prepared to give an account to anyone for the hope that is in us.” (1 Peter 3:15) We desire to have students who have compassion for the lost and are “not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16) but boldly proclaim the good news to family, friends, and the world. To prepare the students for evangelism and outreach opportunities, emphasis will be placed on training that directly addresses how to approach people with the gospel, how to clearly communicate the full gospel message, as well as what it means to “live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” (Ephesians 4:1)
Everything Northpoint Student Ministries does is focused on fulfilling Biblical ministry to the best of our abilities and instilling that same idea in the lives of students. The foundational aspect of that is devoting time to reading, studying, discussing, and teaching what the Bible instructs. The Bible is clear in its command to all believers that we should “like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it we may grow up into salvation.” (1 Peter 2:2) Our goal is to continue that growth in students and bring them to the point that they are ready for the “solid food” that is for the mature believer who is trained by constant practice in the Word. (Hebrews 5:14) To accomplish this, Northpoint Student Ministries drives teaching that centers on the Bible. Your student should come prepared to hear a steady dose of what God has given to us through the Scriptures during Sunday morning studies, mid-week studies, small groups, one-on-one discipleship, and various other Student Ministries interactions.