“Upstream” is not only a name; it is a direction. It means to go against the grain. It is to resist the course of the surrounding majority. It is to risk rejection and opposition. It is about daring to be different, standing out, and not letting popular opinion and trends define who you are and what you do. However, the concept is not about being different for the sake of being different, nor is it about rejecting all norms and standards. To be upstream is to be under the will of God, as revealed to us by Holy Scripture, and to reject all contrary views, regardless of their source.
The world we live in is rather hostile to what the Bible calls “the way of life.” Its philosophy of self-worship, its never ending pursuits of pleasure, and its constant rebellion against the God of the Bible is producing a generation of people void of the knowledge of truth. The results of this are catastrophic, “although they knew the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them” (Rom 1:32); Upstream Youth ministry is about opposing this kind of influence.
As those committed to Biblical Christianity, we don’t want to be defined by the worldview of this world. We live under a different set of principles and convictions. We want the prayer of our Master recorded in John 17:14-17 to define us, “to be in this world, but not of it.” Upstream is focused on helping young people establish and apply biblical convictions. To this end, we teach, shepherd and pray.
Upstream Youth Ministry is a group of young people from Word of Grace Bible Church. We are a large group stretching from middle school students to young adults. You can find out more about us in the home groups section. WGBC is a Bible-believing church, whose aim is to have the Bible define what we believe and how we live. This is carefully explained in our Doctrinal Statement. If you want to learn more about us and our church go here.
In our next posting, we’re going to tell you more about our history.