Paul Tripp recently spoke at the Children Desiring God conference in Minneapolis. A couple staff members from Desiring God had an opportunity to sit down and talk with him on a couple different topics that I plan to blog on.
They first discussed the (non) difference between children’s and youth ministry. Tripp got right to the heart (no pun intended) of the issue:
There are ways in which there’s no difference.
There’s only one gospel, not a different one for children, young
people, and adults.
And there’s a way the struggles of the heart are the same.
These struggles play out differently depending on our stage in life,
but when it comes down to it, we all want to be sovereign over our own
If you understand that about your heart, and you’re humble
about it, you’ll get what a kid or teenager is going through. You’ll
understand that it isn’t first a problem of misbehavior; it’s first a
problem in the heart.
You can listen to the complete audio here at the original post.