Trying to follow Jesus as a young man is hard. J.C. Ryle, a 19th century Anglican bishop, recognized as much. He began a book entitled, Thoughts for Young Men, with five reasons for singling them out for spiritual exhortation and encouragement.

  1. Few young men take religion seriously
  2. Death and judgment are coming upon them
  3. What young men will be depends on what they are
  4. The devil uses special diligence to destroy themServing God now will save them from sorrows
  5. The spiritual challenges and opportunities young men face haven’t changed much in 133 years.

I (Matthew) first read Ryle’s short work (less than 90 pages) some 20 years ago and find his words no less provoking today. I’m also eager to share his wisdom with young men in our church. So listen up guys. If you’re a rising high school junior or senior, or a rising college freshman or sophomore, you’re invited to spend 4 Saturday mornings this summer reading and discussing Ryle’s book with me.

We’ll meet at Urban Farmhouse in Midlothian from 9:00-10:30am on the following dates: July 20, August 3, August 10, and August 17.I’m going to cap the group at no more than 8 participants and you need to make at least 3 of the 4 meetings to get your name in the hat as a participant. We will start on time. We will end on time. And I expect every participant to read the assigned material. No excuses. This is a simple book. It’s also a serious book and I expect every participant to take their involvement seriously. I should also add I don’t expect any participant to be perfect. Your discussion leader certainly has a long way to go. If you’re struggling in your relationship with God, Ryle will help you. If you feel like you’re doing well in your relationship with God, Ryle will help you.Jesus is better than Sports-Center. Jesus is better than sleeping in.

Email to sign up.  Hope you can join us!

Matthew grew up attending KingsWay and joined the pastoral staff in 2009. God has blessed him and his wife, Aliza, with three rambunctious boys. Matthew did his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in chemistry and political science, spent a year at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College, and received his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


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