WHAT CAN A YOUNG PERSON CONTRIBUTE ? ? ?

young peopleWHAT CAN YOUTH CONTRIBUTE ? ? ?

READ 1 TIMOTHY 4:12 — Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

I. The boomerang effect

Boomerang—throw is and it returns to you.

BALLS YOU THROW ON TV—THEY COME BACK TO YOU

WHAT GOES AROUND, COMES AROUND

  1. A. Don’t LET anyone . . .
  • Timothy is to let no one despise him because of his youth.
  • Don’t give people an opportunity. Many adults will be looking and searching for a reason to despise you.
  • Don’t let anyone disregard you—Titus 2:15
  • The parallel imperative suggests that the way to do this is to be such a good example that accusations have no credence.
  • Timothy should not allow himself to be despised while, at the same time, he must set a good example. Both sides of the coin are necessary for a successful ministry
  • It becomes a boomerang effect—people make accusations against you (just like every other kid) but because of your reputation, the accusations return to the accuser and make them look bad. “Why is that person saying such a slanderous thing against that godly youth?” It shows the accuser to be a liar.
  • Sadly, so many youth in our generation are living immoral and wicked lives.
  • The influence of drugs and a very perverted, sexually focused society has destroyed the minds of many of our youth today.
  • Many adults remember their past and expect the same from youth today. They lived wild times as a youth and they have the same low expectations.
  • Youth, you be different!!!
  • Regardless of what others may say about your generation—you BE faithful NOW!! Don’t wait until you are older.
  • You have one life—only one life—live it to the honor and glory of God NOW!!!
  • You do what God has called you and now equipped you to do regardless of what others may think about you or the way they may see you. .
  • YOUTH ARE NOT JUST THE CHURCH OF THE FUTURE—THEY ARE THE CHURCH TODAY!!!
  • Their level of spiritual maturity may be far greater than many adults. What they are learning in their faith they are then walking in it. So many of them have much to teach us as adults.
  • Deacon & Elder—NEOPHYTE—speaking of spirituality maturity
  • I am so excited about the youth in our church already. I pray that we can follow their excitement and learn from what God taught them in Ecuador. They have seen God work in amazing ways.
  • I am thrilled to be a part of a church that really SUPPORTS our youth. $25K to Ecuador—AMAZING!!!
  • We want to grow in our faith from your example!
  • An aside—ADULTS please “be slow to speak and quick to listen” to our youth
  • Beyond differing styles and music and language—YOUTH ARE LONGING FOR SOMEONE TO LISTEN TO THEM.
  • I would love for us to develop a mentoring where the older women of our church mentor the younger ones—Titus 2 women—SENIORS SPENDING TIME simply listening to young people and GIVING THEM WISDOM.

B. THE GREAT CONTRASTS

  • DESPISE—katafronevw—–POWERFUL IMPERATIVE—“to despise, treat contemptuously.” Strong language denoting disgust and even hatred.
  • Jesus said that no one can serve 2 masters—either he will be devoted to one and love one and hate and DESPISE the other.
  • “Don’t you have homes to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing?” 1 Cor. 11:22
  • Timothy was probably in his late 20s maybe early 30s—add up the dates.
  • Many were probably having a tough time with him being their leader and being so young.
  • STANDARD, EXAMPLE, MODEL—same word used throughout as a model, figure, example TO ALL BELIEVE.
  • Problem with Ephesus is that every one of the five qualities listed in v12 are missing from the lives of Timothy’s opponents.
  • Rather than giving the opponents the opportunity to despise him, Timothy must continually be an example for the faithful.
  • The word picture EXAMPLE paints is not so much that Timothy is an example that others can emulate but that he is a MOLD that should be pressed into the lives of others so that they can attain the same shape.
  • “It denotes a mark made by striking . . . an impression made by something, such an impression used in its turn as a mold to shape something else.”
  • GREAT CONTRASTS—despise them OR have them SET THE MOLD.
  • Word used similarly in 1 Peter 5:3 to describe the obligations of church leadership.
  • Problem with Ephesus is that every one of the five qualities listed in v12 are missing from the lives of Timothy’s opponents.

II. Setting the mold

  • Paul lists 5 specific areas in which Timothy is to be an example:
  • The first 2 have an impact on his public ministry; the final 3 deal more with his personal life although what is true inwardly always shows itself outwardly.
  • Love and faith are the inner qualities that motivate the outward manifestation of speech and conduct.
  • The first 2 give the “sphere, and the next three the qualities in which he is to be a model.”

A. Speech

  • Power of the tongue.
  • Gun safety—how to handle a gun.
  • Acknowledge the awesome power of the tongue
  • IT CONTROLS THE DIRECTION OF OUR LIFE—James 3
  • CAN DEFILE THE WHOLE BODY
  • NO OTHER MEMBER OF THE “BODY” WRECKS SO MUCH HAVOC ON THE GODLY LIFE.
  • Practice tongue safety

B. Life

  • “conduct”—general word referring to one’s entire way of life, one’s general conduct.
  • Ephesians 5:15-18—LET YOUR LIFE BE ACCURATE
  • JERSEYS AT MACLAY—CHANGED BASED ON LOCATION. ajkribw'”—ACCURATE
  • PLEASE DON’T CLAIM TO BE A CHRISTIAN IF YOU DON’T LIVE IT.
  • Don’t tell others you know Christ WHEN YOU ARE NOT LIVING IT!!!
  • INTEGRITY The state of being complete or undivided. The idea of singleness of heart or mind.
  • There is a unity to your life that you can withstand examination.
  • Timothy’s opponents’ conduct was so reprehensible that it had brought disrepute to the church.

A few years ago, Chuck Colson was standing in a long line in the airport in Jakarta, Indonesia. He and some Prison Fellowship colleagues had been traveling all night. It was now early morning. The terminal was hot and steamy, and they were tired. As Chuck relates in his new book, Being the Body, “Passport in my sticky hand, I was exhausted and exasperated at the long, inefficient line snaking ahead of us. I was worried we would miss our next flight and the ministry friends who were waiting for us.” But, Chuck adds, “I was also determined not to let my frustration get the better of me. I talked with my friends; we laughed and made the best of the situation.”

Two years later, he received a letter from a businessman who lived in Singapore. The man had been a follower of Confucius, but he sent his children to Sunday school at a Presbyterian church for moral training. One Sunday, as he picked up his kids, he heard the end of the sermon. A visiting missionary held up a copy of Chuck’s first book, Born Again. On the cover was a picture of Chuck.

A few months later, this businessman was stuck in a long line in the steaming Jakarta airport. Glancing over into the next line, he spotted the same face he’d seen on the cover of Born Again. He was so impressed by Chuck Colson’s calm demeanor and cheerfulness that when he got back to Singapore, he got the book, read it, and committed his life to Christ.

Citation: Mark Earley, “BreakPoint with Charles Colson” (5-16-03); submitted by Larry Trotter, Wake Forest, North Carolina

C. Love

  • Timothy’s opponents had no love, just greed.
  • You displayed the true definition of love and its not “If you love me, you will . . .”
  • Forcing others to do things for you out of guilt. Seeking what is best for the other person because you seek to see them the way Christ does.
  • It is unselfish, seeing the other person the way Christ does.

Jay Kesler, president of TaylorUniversity, told about a state trooper who was awarded an “Outstanding Trooper” award.

Kesler, who attended the same church as the trooper, said to him, “The governor said that in 15 years as a trooper, you haven’t once roughed up a drunk or used excessive force on anyone. How can you be a state trooper for 15 years, dealing with the kind of stuff you deal with, and have that happen?”

“Well, I guess two things,” the trooper responded. “First, if I am called to break up a fight at a tavern, I never say to myself, There’s a drunk. I always say to myself, There’s a man—someone’s husband, someone’s son, someone’s neighbor—who got drunk. So I always try to think of him as a man, not a crime.

“Secondly, the Bible says that a soft answer turns away wrath. So whenever I walk up to the window of an automobile, I always speak a little lower than the person I’m speaking to.”

Citation: Jay Kesler, from message “Families That Succeed,” delivered on Focus on the Family Ministries; submitted by Van Morris

D. Faith

  • Could refer to Timothy’s personal faith or to his general trustworthiness; the opponents’ faith was insincere (1 Tim 1:5).
  • Proverbs 3:5-6—Grow in your faith.

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way.'”

—C. S. Lewis (1898–1963)

Citation: Ted De Hass, Bedford, IowA

  • VERY, VERY pivotal time in your life—decisions about college, career, marriage, etc. Decisions that can chart the very course of your life.
  • Of all times in your life, you must to anchored to God so you know His will for your life. Which way to go, which way He has planned for you.
  • Don’t start out going in a direction you will regret for year and years.
  • Bad decisions—sex out of marriage, pregnancy out of wedlock—that too can chart the course of your life in a very difficult direction.
  • You begin to start now stepping out in faith. The more you realize He can be trusted, the greater your life will be and the straighter your path in the direction God has for you will be.
  • Don’t waste your life. Don’t waste your senior year or your junior year. Live is to the max. Make this year count for Christ.
  • Come to realize God can be trusted. You learn that through being faithful, day after day, crisis after crisis. In doing that, you grow in an intimacy with Christ that is so close that you could not even imagine not seeking Him in everything you do.

E. Purity

  • This word occurs again only in 1 Tim 5:2—where Paul asks Timothy to treat younger women like they are sisters—in all purity.
  • In our age of immorality and sexual connotations everywhere you look, this is a huge area of setting the mold.

Joe Gutierrez tells five stories from his 42 years as a steelworker in the book, The Heat: Steelworkers’ Lives and Legends. In one story, called “Snow
Danced in August,” he describes a scene of silvery dust flakes that frequently floated to the floor in an area of the mill where steel strips rolled over pads in a tall cooling tower. For years, workers and visitors alike flocked to the sight, which was especially picturesque at night.

Then they discovered the dust was asbestos. “Everybody breathed it,” wrote Gutierrez. He now suffers from the slow, choking grip of asbestosis, as do many plant workers.

“Who am I? I’m everybody. Can’t walk too far now. I get tired real fast and it hurts when I breathe, sometimes. And to think we used to fight over that job.”

How many things in our culture resemble the silver flakes in that steel mill? Enchanting but deadly.

  • Citation: “Steelworkers Break the Mold,” Chicago Tribune (6-27-01); submitted by Lee Eclov, Lincolnshire, Illinois
  • Don’t be fooled—don’t get burned—it can destroy YOU!!!!

 

1 Cor 6—TEMPLE OF THE LIVING GOD DWELLS WITHIN US.

 

ARSONS DESTROYING CHURCHES—SHAME ON THEM & SHAME ON

US WHEN WE DO IT TOO

 

  • The word has sexual connotations, giving the meaning “chaste”.
  • He is to keep pure.

Conclusion

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  1. broland487@aol.com says:

    Good job!

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