1 Timothy 4:12
Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.
The following scriptures were used to expand on the concepts covered on September 13, 2008.
A. CONDUCT: 1 Corinthians 15:33: Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals." In regards to the issue of drinking, we looked at Proverbs 20:1. “Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.”
B. Love: The root of the word ‘love’ is the Greek word, agape. Today, we use the word love without a second thought. It expresses our feelings at the moment for boyfriends and girlfriends, the type of clothing we wear, the things we can’t live without and of course the food we eat. We tend to forget how powerful real love is. The way we love things and people, honestly does not compare to the way God loves us. Most people know of John 3:16. Let’s look at it for a second. Jesus died for the sins of the world not because He was bored and had nothing to do, but because God the Father loved us so much. Jesus Christ himself stated in John 15:13 ‘Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.’ We as a people, if you are a Christian, your actions towards others should reflect the love of Christ. Paul was telling Timothy to be the example, the measuring stick if you will. Love, the way God intended it, is everlasting meaning it knows no bounds.
Exodus 20:12 Honor your Mother and Father
Proverbs 23:20 Do not despise your mother when she is old.
C. Faith: Faith according to Webster means belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2): belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion b (2): complete trust. Let me give you an example of what Jesus said in regard to faith. Thomas, a disciple, did not believe that Christ arose from the dead. He said that he would only believe if he could see and feel the nail scarred hands. Jesus came to him and said, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." Being firmly based in your faith in Christ means that not only do you not doubt that Christ is the Savior, but you don’t stray from His teachings. Truth is young people today are hit harder by more non-Christian material than ever before. Music and movies promoting everything but Christian values flood all of you daily. Most young people when going off to college stop attending church services completely and stop praying to the Lord. Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of salvation. If we are to be a people that grow in Christ, we must hold onto the Gospel. Again, let me just say that everyone is watching the Christian teenager. Paul instructs us as Christians to always be able to give a defense of our belief in Christ. Think about it. Christian people as instructed by Jesus after His resurrection to spread the message, the good news about salvation through Christ. What does it say about us if we cannot defend what we believe? We need to be ready regardless of age.
It is so powerful to see young adults show a maturity in their faith that surpasses or goes past their years. Faith comes as scripture teaches from hearing the word of God. Isaiah 7:9 says if we do not stand firm in our faith, we will not stand at all. Once the disciples were in a boat and they saw Jesus walking on water toward them. Peter cried out, “If’s it’s you, Lord, give me a sign.” Jesus told him to come. Peter got out of the boat and began walking on water toward Christ. The second Peter looked away from Christ he started to fall and screamed for the Lord to save him. Jesus did. Know what he said to Peter? “You of little faith. Why did you doubt?”
The scenario we looked at dealt with our faith and hanging out with others who don’t share the belief in Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness?
D. Purity: Peer Pressure is one of the one of the easiest ways to fall into sin without meaning too.
“Come on, one drink wont kill you.” The Bible says Wine is a strong mocker.
“One puff is not a big deal.” The Bible says your body is a temple.
“I THOUGHT YOU LOVED ME.” Sex outside of marriage is lust and a sin. Not love.
“Nobody will know.” God knows. The eyes of the Father see everything.
Many teenagers feel they must gain acceptance from their peers. In doing so, teens take their eyes off Jesus. Our final point today is purity.
Purity. It’s not just a brand of milk. Jesus is the ultimate example of purity, He busied Himself with the work of God not the desires of the flesh. When we live for God, we do not live for our own desires. The media as I mentioned earlier, music and tv are filled with filth. It is a proven fact that what we watch and listen to directly affects our immediate outlook. Doctors advise people to not watch sports or anything controversial before bed because we will have trouble resting because our brains will not let go of what we have seen or heard. This applies to our Christian walk. The majority of rap, rock, hip hop, and country tell us that violence, casual sex, drinking and drugs are okay and acceptable behavior as long as it feels good. That kind of thinking is not of God, but from Satan. In the handout, there is extra material on role playing card games and how they affect the Christian teen’s purity. Now we come to the tough part of our lesson. Biologically speaking, many teenagers today are *Raging Hormones.*
The world says that you should have sex when you are ready. It says sex is a way to show your love. Let us look at what God says:
Genesis 1: 27-28 – “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number;”
Genesis 2:24 – “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”
Hebrews 13:4 – “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”
Sex outside of marriage should never be justified as an act of love. It is not.
1 Corinthians 6:13 – “The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.”
It does not have to be a physical act to be sinful. Looking at girls and guys with lust is just as bad. Jesus said in Matthew 5:27 “Do not commit adultery. But I tell you that if anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
Just one glance leads to a longer look. A longer look leads to thoughts. Thoughts lead to actions. Actions lead to regret.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 – “It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable”
1 Corinthians 10:13 – “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”