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Summary: The importance of ministering to the youth in the Church.

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Introduction

1. Well, we are winding down our study of our Biblical ABCs...

We come to the letter Y...

With Pastor Jeremy and Stephanie joining us next week...

I thought we should look at...

Y is for Youth or young...

youth is found 61 times in both the Old and New Testaments...

And Young is found 334 times in both the Old a New Testaments...

2. It’s been said that our youth are the church of tomorrow...

but, I’m sure you’ve probably heard me say that our youth are the church of today!!!

While we were at assembly, they showed us a video that goes right along with what I would like to talk about tonight...

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Read Text: 1 Timothy 4:12

1. Let no one look down on you are young 1 Timothy 4:12

A. Paul is writing a letter to Timothy and encouraging him as a young pastor...

Now, Paul is talking to him as a young man...

but I would like for us to look at this from the other end...

Let US not look down upon those that are young...

Let us make sure that we treat every child...

and every teenager...

as an important part of God’s kingdom...

Because they are...

in the words of Christ...

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me,

and do not hinder them,

for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Matthew 19:14

B. Time and time again, we see the importance that Jesus places upon children...

In fact, Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:3...

I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children,

you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

C. So, it behooves us to not only MINISTER to our children...

but also to be more childlike in our faith...

less jaded...

less cynical...

more trusting...

stronger in our faith...

In Titus chapter 2, Paul gives some instructions for both older men and older women...

And these instructions specifically speak to our duty to minister and teach and disciple our youth...

Read Titus 2:1-8

2. Lessons for Older Men Titus 2:2

A. we need to be temperate/self-controlled

we need to be slow to become angry and frustrated...

when kids run through the sanctuary or the foyer...

there’s a right way and a wrong way instruct them...

if we are self-controlled and calm, cool, and collected...

then we can instruct in such a way that builds up...

and doesn’t tear down...

but, if we fly off the handle...

if we show our deep frustration and irritation...

they pick up on that...

and we instruct in a way that is condemning and belittling...

B. Paul tells us that we need to be “worthy of respect”

we might be quick to tell children and youth...

“Respect your elders”...

well, are we worthy of respect?

Respect has to be earned...

I used to think that people should respect me just because I’m a pastor...

but I’ve found that that doesn’t happen!!...

I have had to EARN respect by faithful and loving service...

I can’t MAKE people respect me...

but I have found that for most people...

I can earn their respect as I faithfully carry out the task that God has given me...

and the same is true with how we interact with our youth...

we would like to think that they would just automatically respect us because we are older...


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