Ten Lessons from my Youth
Each of us walks a unique path. No matter where we come from, each of us is cared for by our savior.
1 Peter – He careth for you. In the Greek it would mean, “It matters to Him.”
Sometimes we learn from experience and other times we learn from the experience of others.
God Can Change my Position and Orientation
Often the changes that happen in our lives are kind of gradual. Other times they happen suddenly and dramatically.
The Lord must have a sense of humor because he often asks us to do the things that we don’t think we want to do.
For Mr. Bean this meant that he became a teacher, preacher and a writer.
Shyness Can be (at least partially) Overcome
Through conversion and becoming more mature we can become less self conscious and more conscious of the needs of others.
It is Dangerous to Procrastinate Receiving Christ
As we say no to the call of the Holy Spirit we are slowly hardening our hearts. We can also become confused about exactly what we believe about Christ and His call.
If we have a desire and a calling from the Holy Spirit we can come to the cross and receive salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:2
The Influence of an Insincere (or sincere) Conversion
The life of the one who becomes a Christian will change. If our lives don’t change that should cause red flags in our minds.
God Responds to Earnest Prayers
“Call unto me, and I will answer you.” – God
Our Parents, Respecting them or Not
Respecting our parents and their wishes is important. Let them know where you are going and when you will be coming home.
Parents are crucial. Appreciate your parents.
Appreciate Your Church Ministry
It is important to appreciate the ministry and to align yourself with their wishes.
Studying the Bible
It is important to spend time with our Bibles, studying the word of God.
We have lots of books. We have the Bible itself. Do we study them? Do we have a hunger for them?
We may know lots of things about the Bible, but it needs to become an internal thing.
Bible reading and prayer takes time and effort. God loves us very much and wants to meet with us daily.
Wait on the Lord – Trust His Judgement
It is important that we accept God’s will. That can only happen after we seek his will.
Prepare for Service
Serve the Lord as you have opportunity. Prepare yourself through prayer and study.
The best preparation for tomorrow is the right use of today.
This sermon – Ten Lessons from my Youth – was originally preached 2014.03.15 by Howard Bean.
This sermon is also part of a series preached at the Bethel Mennonite 2014 Youth Rally. Here is a list of all sermons in this series.
- Ten Lessons from my Youth
- Encouraging Church Loyalty
- Choosing a Life Long Companion
- Failing Successfully
- A Servant Heart