Back to School It is that time of yearPaper, Pencils, Notebooks, New Backpack
POPULAR WAY TO CARRY ALL THAT STUFF - BACKPACKS
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED?• Stores have lists of all the items needed for each grade, for each school• Make a list of all the stuff you will need for the new school year and start shopping• WARNING : Not everything needed is on the list.• When you go to school here are some other things to carry with you.
PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK - - - HONESTY• Romans 12:17 (KJV) – Provide things honest in the sight of all men.• 2 Corinthians 13:7 Now I pray to God that you do no evil, not that we should appear approved, but that you should do what is honorable (honest – KJV), though we may seem disqualified.
PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK - - - HONESTY• Be honest with yourself – Admit mistakes, “I did it” – You know what you did – good or bad• Be honest with friends – Quickest way to lose a friend – lie to them – We need someone to be honest – and love us
PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK - - - HONESTY• Be honest with teachers – Honesty is still the best policy• Be honest with parents and family – They will find out eventually – Lying only makes things worse
PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK - - - HONESTY• Cheating is a major problem – There is pressure for good grades – Need high grades to get scholarships – Many are not willing to study, work, learn – Today – cell phones are used to cheat – Instead of writing papers – get one on line – Watch a movie instead of reading the book – Hack the school records and change a grade
PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK - - - RESPECT• We resent anyone telling us what to do• Authority figures – Principle, Teachers, Parents, Police• Does not end when you are out of school – Boss, Supervisor, Chairman of the board, Government (all levels)
PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK - - - RESPECT• Who are they to tell me what to do? – Dress codes, no cell phone, register car – No weapons, be on time, too many times absent• We must obey those in authority• Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God
PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK - - - MORAL COURAGE• Challenges will come – “Nobody will find out.” – “Are you afraid to try it?” – “It is fun, exciting. It will give you new high.”• Do you have the courage to say, “NO!”? – Peer pressure gets in the way – Wanting to be accepted is an issue
PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK - - - MORAL COURAGEJoseph had the moral courageWhen faced with a moral challengeGenesis 39:9 There is no one greaterin this house than I, nor has he keptback anything from me but you,because you are his wife. How thencan I do this great wickedness, and sinagainst God?"
PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK - - - MORAL COURAGE• Your Faith will be challenged – Church attendance – God, Jesus, Bible – Youth activities at church vs. Worldly activity• Is your faith strong enough to overcome the scoffing and ridicule, and stand up for truth?
PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK - - - MORAL COURAGE• Know right and wrong – We must decide – stick with our decision – Decide before you face the challenge• Be prepared to accept the consequences of our actions• We can be the example to give others the courage to follow us
PUT IN YOUR BACKPACK - - - MORAL COURAGE• Check your list – Paper, pencils, notebook, homework• MAKE SURE YOU ARE TAKING ALONG : • HONESTY • RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY • MORAL COURAGE