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1 Timothy 4:12

12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Introduction:

**Tonight I want to talk about being useful to God and his kingdoms work

*I want to talk about being about the Fathers business

*About faithful service to God

1.Who is useful to the Master when it comes to faithful service...?

a. Is it only the elderly those with the most experience?

b. Do the young people have an important role to fulfill?

2.In our text Paul was writing to the young evangelist Timothy...

a. he tells him "Let no one despise your youth..."

4. In this message I want to...

a. Illustrate how God often used young people to carry out His

purposes

b. Point out the kind of young people God can use

I. Examples of God’s Use of Young People

•God used a young person To Save Israel in Time of Famine – It was through Joseph that God provided Israel a means to survive famine. He was seventeen when sold as a slave to Potiphar. Genesis 37:2.

• God used a young person To Deliver Israel from the Philistines – When David was used to defeat Goliath.

•God used a young person To Lead Israel to it’s Greatest Heights – God had David appoint his son Solomon to be the third king of Israel. When Solomon became king he thought of himself as a child.

•God used a young person To Restore Judah to the True Worship of God – When Josiah became king, he was only eight and according to 2 Chr 34:1-2, he was a good king. When sixteen, he sought to serve God, and when he turned 20, he instituted religious reforms throughout Judah. When he turned 26, he restored the temple, and the Passover.

•God used a young person To Prophesy to the Nations – Speaking of Jeremiah, who tried to escape his prophetic call, but God told him not to say I am young, that He would be with him (Jer 1:7-8)

•God used a young person To Bring the Savior to the World – through Mary, who was but a young virgin.

•God used a young person To Proclaim the Gospel to the Lost – Referring to Timothy, selected by Paul to join him on his journeys. Who must have been quite young, for it was over twenty years later that Paul tells him don’t let anyone despise your youth


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