I really enjoy being pastor of youth and family ministries at Zion. Faith is first caught and taught at home. My first priority in the coming months will be to get to know the families of Zion and help each family, one family at a time, to gather as a family in the warmth of their homes.
Habits of the heart are what matter. We gather as a family on a daily basis, we share highs and lows, we read a Bible verse together, we pray for one another, and we bless one another. Do that as a family every day, and your life and your family’s life will be changed forever.
When we follow Jesus, we grow to believe that God made me, that God loves me, and that Jesus wants to be my friend forever.
We learn to understand that life is a battle between good and evil, and that God gives us the support we need to make wise decisions. We learn to put our trust in God no matter what. We learn to treat others the way we want others to treat us.
It becomes clear to us that our most important relationship is with God our Creator and Redeemer. We are to define who we are by what Jesus says. Finally, I learn and you learn that we exist every day to demonstrate God’s love to a broken world.
We are to make disciples of all nations and baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Expect to see a lot of baptisms and affirmations of faith in the coming months.
We are raise up our children in the way that they should go. We can’t do that unless we spend a lot of cross-generational time with each other. We will try to do that with a Vacation Bible School in August and worship and learning for all ages on Sunday mornings beginning in the Fall. Wouldn’t it be great to have a choir with children and youth as well as adults? Let’s pray for this.
Outreach and mission are at the core of our identity as followers of Jesus Christ. Expect to see Zion host a growing number of occasions of outreach, like International Summerfest of Oshkosh on Saturday June 17th, noon to 4 pm. Short-term mission trips are an excellent way for youth and adults alike to put their faith into practice.
It is important for us to fellowship together and break bread together. It is important for us have good clean fun together. God put us on this planet, not to mope around, but to give God our glory and sing praises to his name. I wish for you, my friend, this happiness that I’ve found. See you in church!
John Hobbins, Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries
400 N Sawyer St, Oshkosh, WI 54902