Seasoned for influence


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A sermon on Youth's week presented at New Life Baptist Church, Abakpa, Enugu...

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Seasoned for influence

  1. 1.  SEASONED: cause somebody to gain experience - to cause or enable somebody to gain experience and become more skilled, or to gain toughness and strength  INFLUENCE : effect on something; power to sway; special advantage  YOUTH: time when somebody is young - the period of human life between childhood and maturity
  2. 2. SEASONED: Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. ~Col 4:6 INFLUENCE : "For everyone will be tested with fire. Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other." ~ Mark 9:49-50 YOUTH: Don't let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, "Life is not pleasant anymore. ~Eccl 12:1
  3. 3.  "Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God- flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You've lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.  "Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.
  4. 4.  Throughout a lifetime, we are influenced by many factors which contribute toward our values, beliefs and moral judgments – and eventually contribute toward our behavior. People are influenced by multiple things in life including relationships, family, parents, friends, experiences, sexuality, maturity, intellect, education, religious beliefs and convictions. ~Family, Society & Church
  5. 5.  A group of people living together and functioning as a single household  The family, as a lineage is the basic unity of the society today s a mirror of the values…  Parents are in the business of leaving their children at home for housemaid  Family has lost its traditional grasp of youths  Parents have the right to impose their beliefs on their kids, that's what being a parent is all about, however when the kid is old enough to make up its own mind  If a child is trained up in the right way, even when he is old he will not be turned away from it. ~Prov 22:6
  6. 6.  I believe teenagers are influenced predominately by the media during a critical time in their mental development. This is further complicated by the fact that most youth are home alone often and they lack parental influence. Their mentoring is done via the media through video games, movies, the internet and music.  “Teenagers spend: 1/2 hour a week with Dad alone, 2-1/2 hours a week with Mom alone, 5 hours a week doing home work, 2 hours a week reading, and 24 hours a week watching television” (Walsh, 1999).
  7. 7.  “Most youths watch an average of 3 to 4 hours of TV per day, approximately 28 hours each week.  Watching TV is the #1 after-school activity for youths.  Each year most youths spend about 1500 hours in front of the TV and 900 hours in the classroom.  By age 35, most youth will have spent about 5 years watching TV”.
  8. 8.  Youths will increase anti-social and aggressive behavior.  Youths may become less sensitive to violence & Victims.  Youths may view the world as violent and mean.  Youths who watch a lot of TV have a greater risk of obesity & poor reading habit  Youths who watch 4 or more hours of TV per day spend less time on school work  Youths will view violence as an acceptable way to settle conflicts
  9. 9.  A structured community of people bound together by similar traditions, institutions, or nationality (state of being with other people)  The value system of the society is a classic course of influence for the youth  Members of the society are modules in modeling the youth (Role Models)  Dear friend, don't let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God's children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God. ~3 John 11
  10. 10.  And let not your behaviour be like that of this world, but be changed and made new in mind, so that by experience you may have knowledge of the good and pleasing and complete purpose of God. ~Rom 12:2  PEER PRESSURE: Social network has become a promiscuous habit among youths  Drugs (Beer), Games (Video), Gambling (Football fan), Materialistic, Sex, Child Farm, Slave/Sex Trade • What is “BRING BACK THE BOOK”?
  11. 11.  The body of Christ, consisting the youths  Bridging the gap between the family and the society  The church is the plausibly last resort of man  There’s no way we can serve God and not be of service to the church  What are you ministration to God with your talent, strength, vitality and versatility..?  Youths are resources, empirically
  12. 12.  Making a living by giving:  Handset  Recharge cards/calls  Fashion  Lifestye  The church is the vehicle which carries people from the family into the society WWJD What Will Jesus Do..?