Wednesday Night Live offers entertainment and Bible-based lessons
Dec. 16, 2010 at 6:16 a.m.
Updated Dec. 24, 2010 at 6:24 a.m.
Are you dating? That's the question the Rev. Fred H. Hobbs asked a chapel full of students as he opened up the discussion at this week's Wednesday Night Live program at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church.
"We say what would Jesus do, but when it comes to dating, a lot of y'all aren't saying that," he continued.
As some students began to slowly raise their hands while others blushed and giggled, Hobbs, who is the pastor at Mt. Nebo, began to talk about sex and dating from a Christian perspective.
"Your purpose is to praise him. Your body is a temple of God. We have to be careful what we put in our bodies," preached Hobbs. "If you're going to have a healthy relationship, it all begins with Jesus Christ."
The bold, Bible-based topic is just one of many that have taken place at the bi-weekly event for young adults in Victoria.
"It's an opportunity for people to exercise and freely demonstrate their talents through liberal arts and learn more about the word of God and how to apply it to their daily lives," said Silvia Simmons, support ministry leader and young-adult Bible facilitator for Mt. Nebo. "The goal is to involve and include every member at every level to exhibit their gifts and talents."
Simmons said Wednesday Night Live, which started in January, is an expansion of the church's youth and liberal arts ministries and usually has anywhere from 20 to 80 attendees.
In addition to lively small and large group discussions on relative topics, such as race relations, how to love as a Christian and identifying your divine purpose, Wednesday Night Live also offers attendees various forms of Christian entertainment including gospel performances, mimes and praise dancing.
"Because of their age, we break it down to their level," said Hobbs. "It's an opportunity for young adults to express their ministry for Jesus Christ."
Hobbs explained his purpose behind addressing relative, real-world topics like dating, which to some people may come off too risque to discuss in church.
"We don't want them to be a statistic and fall through the cracks and crevices. We're losing too many to gangs, violence and pregnancy," said Hobbs. "We want them to not make some of the mistakes us older folks made."
He continued, "These young people are not just the church of today. They are the church of the future."
Attendees had positive things to say about the activity.
"I like it because it's fun," said 17-year-old Kenya Griffin, a junior at Victoria East High School. "Most of my friends come, and we have fun together praising the Lord."
"It really helped me with some life situations. They brought up the answers before I even had to ask the question," said Victoria West High School freshman Zyron Peoples, 15, who was especially interested in Wednesday's discussion. "It's helped me to know when dating, how healthy relationships should be."
Simmons has high hopes for the program's future.
"Our goal is to continue to grow the program and have the kids go out and witness to other children of their ages and learn about the plan of salvation if nothing else."