This past Sunday was a very special Sunday for our church. It was the first ever Youth Sunday that I had been a part of at Mt. Pleasant. This event came together completely on Faith. We had a vision for the speaker, former NFL player, Devin Wyman to come and share his testimony with the youth of our church. But as we prayed for this event to come together, God sent resources from all over and of all kinds to make this event bigger and better than we could have hoped.
We had private individual sponsors as well as Liberty Bank of Snead to donate money to help with the event. We had youth directors, Tiffany Ponder, TC Williams and Maranda Williams step up and organize the youth to sing. Susan Moore football coach, Ken Adams allowed us to use the football field for the afternoon service. But, one young man really stood out to me on this Sunday. Will Perry stood up and spoke from his heart. For the short period of time I’ve known Will, he has seemed to me to be very shy and not very talkative but there is nothing wrong with that. (I used to be the same way.)
Will has really started to come out of his shell. Will shared with us a passage of scripture that was most fitting for a youth Sunday with a building full of potential workers for the Lord. 1 Timothy 4:12 reads “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.” Will said, “Don’t let anyone tell you that you are too young to do anything.” He added, “You’ve heard it said that the young people are the future of the church, but we are the church.”
Young people are very much a part of our churches and should be allowed and encouraged to be more involved. We discredit them because of their age simply because the expectations of the world. Nowadays, we don’t expect anything productive out of our children until they are finished with college. But, if we haven’t allowed them to mature spiritually it will not matter what kind of education they have had. They will not be know what to do next when they graduate. A textbook cannot “train up a child in the way he should go’” (Proverbs 22:6). Their parents, their church leaders, their godly teachers and coaches are can and should. If you are around children everyday, you are being an example for them whether you know it or now. You should be a Godly example.
It is our job as a church family to lead our children in the right direction and encourage them to do good, live godly and be leaders. It doesn’t matter where they go to school, college or church as long as they are there and getting the Christian discipleship needed.
I encourage you to evaluate what you are teaching your child and take a look at which leaders they are following. And, if you are looking for a place of discipleship for them, try our youth group on Wednesday nights at 7:00pm or find one in your local community. Get them plugged in, they’re never too young to start.
You’ve all heard about and probably read the “Love Chapter” in the Bible – 1 Corinthians chapter 13. It’s often read at weddings during the ceremony and shared, as a guideline of what love should be to our spouse. Let's look at this chapter in a different light. In verses 1-3 Paul tells us that we can have all the talents and all the abilities in the world, but without charity or love we are nothing. Verses 4-10 go on to describe what love is. These are beautiful verses and when you read them you may think of the love of your life. But, have you ever read them and thought about Jesus? This is how he feels about you because He Is Love. He not only feels this way about you but HE IS the way for you. Go to 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 right now. Stop whatever you are doing and go there now. Read verses 4-10 and insert Jesus for every time you read the description of the word Love. You are reading about the ultimate symbol of Love Himself.
Do you see it? Jesus is all these things that we try to make someone be on this Earth. For example, I love my husband and I tell him I love him every day. But I can't be everything in these verses to him because I am human. For example, according to 1 Corinthians 13:8, Love never fails, right? As humans, we do fail. The love that we have will never be enough to keep us from our flaws and failures.
My husband often uses the phrase “Love has no boundaries”. I know you would do anything for your spouse, your family and your friends. You want to protect them, serve them, and love them beyond measure. Even that amount of love is not as much as Jesus loves us. His love truly has no boundaries. It is infinite, indescribable, and incomprehensible.
We strive to love people on this earth and we genuinely do love them by our standards but remember this, only Jesus can provide the love we all need. He has to be a part of our lives and relationships in order for us to even come close to true love.
My prayer today is that you come to know Jesus and feel the Love that only He can offer you so that you may be able to share His love with others.
God places people in our paths for growth, support, consolation and celebration for you and for them. You may be the receiver or the giver. Those relationships can lead to friendships but sometimes they result in trials. Always remember that the life you live as a result of these acquaintances can always be seen by others. And let me tell you, people are curious to see how you handle them.
Others will be curious about why you walk and talk the way you do, why you have the faith and hope through the hard times and unspeakable joy through the good times. Curiosity may be all it takes for someone to ask questions, want to learn more, or want some of what you have. Always be ready to answer that question - Why are you the way you are?.
1 Peter 3:15-16 says "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts; and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ."
Live up to what you believe and be prepared to answer to those who may not understand. Be respectful and humble in your response. Every question like this can be opportunity to share God's Plan of Salvation. How you respond and how you live will have an impact on someone's life. Ask yourself this questions - How did I react or respond to the last conflict in my life? Was it the way God would have me handle that situation?
God is giving you an opportunity to witness to someone through the good and the bad. Your witnessing may not be you speaking to that person, it may just be someone witnessing your actions. Keep a clear conscience - know what you say and do is right and honest and those you speak against you will be ashamed for slandering you.
We need people and relationships on this Earth. God fashioned us for fellowship. Use them for His good and He will bless you for it.
Matthew 22:37-40 – “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
I've heard it said that these two commandments were condensed versions of the ten original commandments given in the Old Testament. Because five of the commandments were regarding sin against God and five were regarding sin against man. These two commandments given in the New Testament simply sum up those original ten - Love God and Love Man.
Our fleshly bodies cause us to get these two backwards because we want to love something we can see first and then give God what is left. This results in us lifting people above God. However, our first duty above everything else is to love God with everything in us - our heart, mind and our soul. All of it belongs to God whether we surrender our lives to Him or not. We are His creation.
Isaiah 43:7 reads “Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea I have made him.” We were made to glorify Him."
Do you ever wonder what you are supposed to be doing here on Earth? Do you ever feel like you are just going through the motions? Stop and ask God what He would have you do. Surrender to Him completely and you will find your purpose.
Have you ever had that experience when God placed a bible study in your hands just at the right time? Our pastor was preaching a sermon at a revival and mentioned a book that was at the top of his reading list called Radical by David Platt. I am somewhat of a book nerd so I jumped all over the chance to read this book. It was a good book and as I neared the end, as I do with most books, I was thinking about what am I going to read next. I was in the last chapter of the book and read a list of things that the author suggested that I, the reader, do in the next year. I thought that the list was pretty good and so I wrote it down in my journal. I remember thinking that it probably wasn't possible for me to do some of those things because at the time I worked a full time job about 30 miles from home. Most of my time was spent at work or running my three children around to different sporting events, music lessons, or church clubs. But, maybe I could try it, eventually.
Then, suddenly, the list started unfolding without my trying to do anything on the list. God had taken over. Here's the list and what happened in the past 11 months:
Rebecca Debter is the Ministries Coordinator at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
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