Welcome to our website! We hope you find it filled with helpful information and good resources. Let us take this moment to introduce ourselves. We are The Ride.
WHO WE ARE
The Ride is the middle school ministry of South Shores Church in Dana Point, California. We desire to do and be what God desires for us. To know this we must go to the Scriptures and there learn what our identity as a youth ministry is and what it isn’t. Titus 2:1-14 says:
You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
In this passage, Paul commands Titus to teach and train his people to live according to sound doctrine. He then begins to specify different groups of people (men, women, slaves and youth) within the church that need to be taught according to their place in life. Although the family is to be the primary place where children are discipled and pastored by their parents, we see that there is a discipling role the church must seek to play in the lives of the youth. Paul commands Titus to teach the older women so they may “train the younger women” (Titus 2:3-4) and tells Titus to directly “encourage the young men” (Titus 2:6) and to “set them an example by doing good” (Titus 2:7). From this passage we see that there is a Biblical mandate for the church to come alongside the families to teach their young men and women how to live in a manner that glorifies God.
Thus, The Ride is born…
We are dedicated to be a ministering community to middle schoolers and their parents within the body of South Shores Church for His glory and His peoples joy.
WHAT WE WANT TO AVOID
There are two things we want to avoid as a youth ministry. First, we do not desire to be a youth church, but we are committed to being a ministry of South Shores Church. Our students are constantly reminded about the distinction between South Shores as their home church and The Ride as the youth ministry. The second thing we want to avoid is taking over the role of the family. The Bible clearly teaches that mom and dad are the primary pastors of their children. The home is to be the place where children are raised in the gospel. As a youth ministry, we want to do all we can to supplement our parents to pastor their kids to the best of their ability. We do not want to act as a replacement of what should be taking place at home.
WHAT WE WANT
We want to see students gladly surrender to Jesus Christ. Our hope is that canadian pharmacy viagra – canadian pharmacy cialis – mexican pharmacy God may us to make many disciples that love Him, know Him and want to make Him known. We labor to make our students perfect in Christ (Colossians 1:28-29).
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