Teenagers stand at the top of the list of those who dislike authority. But from the very first pages of the Bible, God has a lot to say about the topic. He made humanity to submit to His authority. But He also gifted us with the authority to rule our world. Sin corrupted that structure, and ever since, humans and authority don't get along. Those who have authority lord it over those who don't. And those who don't have authority hate those who do. In the lives of teenagers, authority becomes a particularly pungent problem. From parents to teachers to government institutions, youth of all generations have challenged the right of their superiors to tell them what to do.
This 4-part youth series gets it all out into the open. We'll look at biblical teaching on the nature of authority—where did it come from and why should we pay attention? We'll dig into the messy way that authority muscles into the lives of youth: God, parents, teachers, the government, and in their own roles as leaders. Not all authority is good—and we'll paint a picture of what it looks like to resist authority in a godly way. In the end we'll see that authority under God is a good thing. We find our most fulfilling life when we live in obedience to God, because He said so.
A step-by-step Leader's Guide to accompany Dream Big series (10-pack license)
D.A. Horton is a writer, speaker, and church planter. He previously served as the Executive Director of ReachLife Ministries, the non-profit ministry of Reach Records. Prior to serving at ReachLife, D.A. was an urban church planter, pastor and Lead Teaching Elder in Kansas City.
For over 16 years D.A. also has used the medium of Rap music as a tool to help educate the people of God on the precepts of Scripture as well as how to evangelize to the lost by presenting them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. D.A. also has served as an Adjunct Professor at Calvary Bible College teaching systematic and contemporary theology courses in addition to the seven urban-focused courses he wrote for the Urban Studies major. With a heart to provide local churches with quality Bible-centered tools and resources for evangelism and discipleship, D.A. wrote two books; G.O.S.P.E.L. and DNA: Foundations of the Faith.
D.A. earned his Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies at Calvary Bible College and his Master's Degree in Christian Studies from Calvary Theological Seminary. D.A. is working on his Doctorate in Education (Ed.D) at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. D.A. is currently using the Spiritual gifts the Holy Spirit has given him to edify the body of Christ while serving under the leadership at Blueprint Church where he and his family are privileged to hold membership. He and his wife, Elicia have three children.