Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12
Welcome to OSL 4:12
You might be asking yourself what exactly is OSL 4:12? OSL 4:12 is the name of the senior youth program here at Our Savior Lutheran Church. It has a look and name that teens can identify with, get excited about, and promote with their friends.
Why OSL 4:12? The name OSL 4:12 is based upon St. Paul’s words to Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:12 , “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”
What do you do as part of OSL 4:12? We meet every Sunday after service for Bible class and devotions. Every month expect to participate in retreats, special events & parties, service projects, mission trips, and more.
What grade levels are involved in OSL 4:12? The grade levels involved are 9th-12th. Once a child has completed the summer after their 8th grade year, they officially become part of OSL 4:12, come to class, and become eligible to go to devotions, retreats, trips, etc., and serve as officers on the OSL 4:12 council. This enables our teens to have 4 years to grow together in the love of Christ, forming bonds that they can carry with them into all aspects of their lives and to mature into the future leader of our congregation here at OSL.
Where do you meet? OSL 4:12 meets in the youth room every Sunday for Bible study and once a month for planned events usually departing from the OSL campus. The youth room serves as our general meeting space as well as our classroom. The plan is to give the youth room a “face lift” by expanding it and refurbishing, with the input and help from OSL 4:12 members. We want our youth to have a place that they are proud of and take ownership of, where they can come together to “pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding” (Rom. 14:19) and to “encourage one another and build one another up” (1 Thess. 5:11).
Sunday Bible Class
God Sends His Son to Save Us
The lessons for this quarter take the theme, “God Sends His Son to Save Us.” They provide accounts of the biblical events leading up to and following the nativity of Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world. There will be many opportunities for you to make a connection to the readings in church and the lessons that are being taught. Sunday School flows out of the Church’s worship, in which Word and Sacrament are offered to the people of God. The 13 Lessons which will be studied this quarter include:
12/2/2018 - The Birth of John Foretold - Luke 1:2-25
12/9/2018 - The Birth of Jesus foretold - Luke 1:26-38
12/16/2018 - Mary Visits Elizabeth - Luke 1:39-56
12/23/2018 - The Birth of John - Luke 1:57-80
12/30/2018 - An Angel Visits Joseph - Matthew 1:18-25
1/6/2019 - The Birth of Jesus - Luke 2:1-20
10/7/2018 - The Presentation of Jesus - Luke 2:22-40
1/13/2019 - The Visit of the Wise Men - Matthew 2
1/20/2019 - The Boy Jesus in the Temple - Luke 2:41-52
1/27/2019 - John Prepares the Way - Matthew 3:1-12
2/3/2019 - The Baptism of Jesus - Luke 3:15-22
2/10/2019 - The Temptation of Jesus - Luke 4:1-13
2/17/2019 - Jesus Calles Philip and Nathanael - John 1:43-51
Meet Our 2018 OSL 4:12 Officers
As President Christian is charged with the administration of affairs for OSL 4:12, with assistance from the Pastor and input from the OSL 4:12 members at large. Christian's reponsiblities include presideing over all meetings of OSL 4:12 and, when the need arises, appointing committees to research issues.
As the Vice President for OSL 4:12, Bella assumes the duties of the President during the President's absence. Her duties include the assistiance of the President to perform duties when needed and preparing an annual report with assistance from the OSL 4:12 Council Members and the Pastor, summarizing the activities of the Council.
As Secratery Madison's job is to record and maintain the minutes of all OSL 4:12 meetings and file them with the copies of previous minutes, to be kept by the Pastor. She diligently prepares and receive correspondence for the OSL 4:12 and maintains proper files, while performing other duties as ordinarily pertaining to the office.
OSL 4:12 Philosophy
"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
An important part of the Our Savior congregation is its dedication to our youth. OSL is devoted to encouraging young people to become strong Christians and living out their faith in their homes, schools, and communities. To put into simpler terms, our philosophy can be summed up in three words: encourage, equip, establish.
We want to encourage the youth. Every day, young people deal with very serious issues. Whether it is sex, drugs, peer pressure, whatever, it is important for adolescents to know that the church is the place they can turn to for help. We want to encourage them to take refuge in Christ and His church. Also, it is important to encourage the youth to know that they are part of the church right now and they do not have to wait until they are adults to serve. We see in 1 Corinthians 12:12-20 that we are a body made up of many different parts. It is crucial for teenagers to realize that they can worship and serve Christ right now.
We want to equip the youth. We firmly believe that adolescents need to be equipped with the tools of a solid faith, a servant's heart, and a working knowledge of the Bible. These are the things that will serve them their entire lives. We develop a solid faith through devotionals, thought-provoking retreats, and regular worship. We develop a sense of being a servant by helping our neighbor and each other. Finally, we develop a working knowledge of the Bible by spending time in the Word. That is the only true way to know what God really says.
We want to establish the youth. We want to establish the youth on the firm foundation given in faith by the Holy Spirit, to know that Christ is the solid rock on which they stand, all other ground is sinking sand. Because of the many snares and temptations that will be thrown at them by the devil, the world, and their own sinful flesh, it is essential that they have a sense of spiritual integrity founded only in Jesus Christ, and grounded in His Word and Sacraments. This foundation comes from knowing the Bible, having spiritual role models, and maintaining an active worship life so as to receive God’s Means of Grace for the strengthening of their faith on a regular basis.
Overall, we want to interweave the youth into the church while building a relationship with God and thus creating mature, knowledgeable Christians who, when ready, are able and eager to assume leadership roles in their church.
And perhaps most importantly, we believe it is important to support parents in raising their teenagers in Christ. OSL 4:12 cannot compete with school, the many extracurricular activities, and other things that take up today's teenager's time. So we strive to give both teen and parents the tools, the questions, and the answers that they need to grow in the Lord. All efforts we make, we make as a team toward the common goal: A faithful confessional Lutheran, who will continue their study of God’s Word presented in Holy Scripture and explained through the Small Catechism throughout their life.