Why call it “SEED”?
SEED exists to encourage young people to take seriously the call to participate in the Gospel, and to be equipped to do so with confidence and conviction in the promises of Scripture. SEED exists also to challenge and convict pastors and elders to better train their own young people, even as they prepare to train the Sowers on the SEED Team. Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Matt.9:37-38).
The purpose of the SEED program is to cultivate the good soil in which our participants have been planted and to teach them to bear gospel fruit through Service, Engagement, Evangelism, and Discipleship.
S – Serve: Each Christian is called to be salt and light in the world through our good works for God’s glory (see Matt. 5:13-16).
E – Engage: When we serve, we engage people and that may lead them to ask questions of us. We are also called to be prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks the reason for the hope that we have (see 1 Peter 3:15).
E – Evangelize: Those who engage need to hear the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As we present the gospel, we sow the seed (God’s word) and trust that God will work in the hearts of his elect by the power of the Holy Spirit (see Mark 4:26-29).
D – Disciple: In the Great Commission, Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus calls the church to “go and make disciples of all nations”. This requires God’s people to serve, engage, and evangelize indiscriminately to disciple God’s elect so that they will repent of their sin and come to saving faith, join Christ’s church, and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (see 2 Pet. 3:18).