Summary: Revival message for "Youth Night" teaches young people the value of being different from the crowd.
A. Young people, tonight is your night; our thoughts are turned to you
01. We have some advice for you; to make it fair, we will have some for your parents, too
B. Our world is a confusing place. Our days are filled with conflicting messages
01. Stand for our convictions, as long as we don¡¦t offend anyone
02. Evangelism is OK, as long as you keep it to yourself
03. There is no sin¡Konly ¡§means of expression¡¨; everyone does his own thing
(a) Euphemisms abound; ¡§affair¡¨, ¡§alternative lifestyle¡¨,
04. Tolerance is the order of the day; for all groups except Christians
05. It seems we are to accept everything but Gods¡¦ word
C. Those who separate themselves are subject to peer pressure
01. Loss of acceptance; alienation; ostracized
02. Often causes damage to self-esteem
D. These episodes cause us to try to please everyone; this is impossible
Elderly man traveling with a boy and a donkey. Travels to four villages;
„h 1st Village: Man was leading the donkey and the boy was walking behind.
„h Townspeople said the old man was a fool for not riding,
„h To please them he climbed up on the animal’s back.
„h 2nd Village:
„h Townspeople said the old man was cruel to let the child walk while he enjoyed the ride.
„h To please them, he got off and set the boy on the animal’s back and continued on his way.
„h 3rd Village:
„h Townspeople accused the child of being lazy for making the old man walk, suggestion was made that they both ride.
„h So the man climbed on and they set off again.
„h 4th Village:
„h Townspeople were indignant at the cruelty to the donkey because he was made to carry two people.
The frustrated man was last seen carrying the donkey down the road.
Moral: Separate yourself from anyone that makes bad decisions for you, or you may wind up carrying a donkey!
E. Our meditation - three defenses from peer pressure
2. Choose your friends wisely (Don¡¦t be unequally yoked (14-16))
A. Never more important than it is today (Barna Research)
01. 2nd most powerful influence in lives of young people (parents #1)
(a) Generation Xers seek emotional relationships
(b) Boomers (1945-1964) seek professional relationships
(c) Builders (1925-1944) seek social relationships
(d) Seniors (pre 1925) seek secure relationships
(e) Emotional relationships are far more powerful than the other two; as a consequence, a bad influence has tremendous consequences
B. Paul asks 5 rhetorical questions of his listeners; use when choosing friends
01. What do we have in common?
02. Can we have true godly fellowship?
03. Are we in harmony with each other?
04. Are we both believers? Do we share Christ in common?
05. Do we agree that Christ is above all?
3. Be prepared to walk away (even if it costs you friends (16-17))
A. Know how far you will go before you get there
01. Develop a code of standards
02. Sacrifice it for no one
03. Temptation is a poor advisor; make your decision before it arises and stick to it!
B. God calls us to be separated from sinful behavior and those who endorse it