Olympic Korean church held a special Friday night vespers this spring where six junior high students collaborated to preach on the book of Daniel.
“If we train our young people to speak about God, it becomes part of them,” Enoch Lee, senior pastor, said. “We want Olympic Korean church, every single one of us, to be a gospel worker.”
As we read the book of Daniel, we were able to confirm that it is the book for the young people by the young people.
The church studied Daniel during the first and second quarter of the year every Friday for vespers. At the end of each night, participants, many of whom were youth, would share what they learned through written summaries that were later presented to the rest of the congregation. From there came the idea for a second junior preacher series, this time on the book of Daniel. The first junior preacher series last year featured high school students.
To prepare, junior preachers started with a rough draft of their messages. Then, they were each matched with a young adult member of Olympic Korean church to receive one-on-one mentoring and public speaking lessons through Zoom.
Each junior preacher introduced themselves with a personal anecdote before diving into their expository messages. For the content of the message, each speaker provided a summary and their takeaway from one chapter in Daniel.
“Expository preaching involves the exposition, or comprehensive explanation, of the Scripture,” Lee explained. “It presents the meaning and intent of a biblical text, providing commentary and examples to make the passage clear and understandable.”
“As we read the book of Daniel, we were able to confirm that it is the book for the young people by the young people,” Lee said.