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Summary: June 7, 2009 Communion Meditation and Kid’s/Teens Day Message

As we prepare for Communion this morning, I first want to share some things with our kids and teens and especially our graduates.

Here it is in one sentence. (Ready? It’s profound! Are you sure that you can handle it?)

Slide 1 – ‘Work on your insides first.’

Now, what do I mean by this? Do I mean your literal insides? No. But good health is important.

Do I mean that you are to ignore your family, work, or community? No. Those are important commitments.

Slide 1a - What I mean by your “insides” is your character.

Now what is character?

Slide 2 – Character is more than your personality. It has to do with your reputation, your spirit, your ‘moral fiber.’

Now I know that if you attend an East Noble school you have been studying important character traits this past school year in addition to your regular studies.

What are the six character traits that you have studied this past school year? (Let’s check to see if we got them all!)

Slide 3 – Here are the ‘Six Pillars of Character’ as defined by the Josephson Institute of Ethics.

• Trustworthiness

• Respect

• Responsibility

• Fairness

• Caring

• Citizenship

What does the Bible have to say about our character? It has a lot to say and there is one Bible passage about character to look at this morning.

It is Galatians 5:22-23 (quickview)  and here it is

Slide 4 - But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law.

Fruit, as used in these two verses, refers to character traits. So, we could read them like this:

Slide 5 - But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of character traits in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law.

Last week, I talked with the adults (and some of you) about the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God and God is the Holy Spirit.

This might be hard to understand and believe but let me put it to you this way.

Slide 6 – To understand what we call The Trinity – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – think about water.

• Water as a solid – God the Father. Good dads are solid in that they are there to back us up when we need it. God is our Heavenly Father who is there to back us up and loves us with a deep and powerful love.

• Water as a liquid – God the Son. Jesus talked about water when He walked around Israel. It was a symbol of God’s ability to change us. Baptism (and maybe some here today want to affirm or re-affirm their relationship with and faith in God through baptism this summer.) includes being immersed in water.

• Water as a gas – God the Holy Spirit. When water is heated, it is used for heating our homes, making hot chocolate (and, that all-important beverage, coffee!), and washing our clothes. It also provides power just like the Holy Spirit provides us the power and ability to change and become people that God is pleased with.


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