October 21, 2012 was Youth Sunday at New Canaan Worship Center in Richmond, Virginia where Rev. Margaret Minnicks preached a coming of age sermon to the youth and the adults.
She explained that a coming of age message is the growth process of every individual.
“Coming of age” is the transition that every person goes through from childhood to adulthood. We see this in books, movies, and in the Bible.
Rev. Minnicks used the title “Grow Up” based on 1 Corinthians 13:11 that says:
When I was a child I talked like a child. I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; but when I grew up I put childish things behind me.
In the Bible, Adam and Eve were the only ones born fully grown. Everyone had to go through stages. Even Jesus had to come of age.
We are introduced to some people early in their stages of development and some much later on. We come to know Moses when he was a baby, Joseph was 17, but Noah and Abraham were fully grown when we first meet them.
There is only one Old Testament person we are privileged to be part of before his conception and that was Samuel. We were there in the temple at Shiloh when Hannah prayed so fervently for him and promised to dedicate him to the temple when he was weaned.
We were there when Samuel went to live with Eli in the temple when he was about six years old. Samuel was growing up and Eli was at the end of his life. Here we see a little boy and an old man. This is what we call “intergenerationalism.” It simply means the relationship between an older person and a younger person.
READ the unique way Rev. Minnicks incorporated intergenerationalim throughout the entire worship service.
Jesus is the only person in the New Testament whose development we can chart before birth until after death.
We were with the angel Gabriel when he brought the good news to Mary that she would have a male child. We were with Jesus during his birth and throughout His development including when He was 12 years old in the temple, when He was baptized at 30 in the Jordan River, and when He performed His first miracle in Cana.
We were with Jesus when he came to the end of his earthly coming of age story when He died on the cross at 33. He fulfilled His purpose on earth, but He now sits on the right hand of God Almighty.
Luke 2:52 lets us know that Jesus grew in stature. In other words, he came of age. He developed physically and become a man. He grew in wisdom. In other words, He became wise. He grew in favor with God In other words, He grew spiritually. He grew in favor with men. In other words, he grew socially. That’s the same way we should come of age.
Let’s make sure our coming of age is pleasing to God. If you are a child, it is all right to SPEAK like a child. If you are a child, it is all right to THINK like a child. If you a child, it is all right to REASON like a child, but when you become an adult, you should put away childish things and grow up.
SEE SLIDESHOW above of Rev. Minnicks’ coming of age photos from 3 to 67.