Wednesday, June 10, 2009
It's Lindsay Hayes, I just wanted to send you my youth sunday message I read in church on 6/7/09. Thanks for posting it! Be cheery :)
The scripture passage that was just read is directed mainly towards the youth in our church. I believe young members of our church sometimes shy away from involvement because they feel their input would not be significant. Others may feel they don’t have the authority or knowledge to suggest improvements for the church. But Isaiah clearly states that God is calling on a “young man” to do his will. A young man/ a teen, if he/she chooses to listen, may understand and carry out the Will of God. Our lives are so full of distractions that it is difficult to listen for God’s calling when we are so preoccupied with worldly matters. Your teen years are a time of uncertainty and young adults are trying to find out who they are, what they believe in and what they stand for. In religion there is a lot of uncertainty; countless parables are left for us to interpret. Some teens are overwhelmed by the ambiguity of the Bible. But one thing is certain, we are all God’s children and He loves us. God is not going to turn his back on you from trying to understand his scripture and maybe at first glance concluding the wrong message. It is a process of devotion, continual interpretations and experiences that shape the way one looks at scripture. A teen may feel hesitant in questioning an adult’s biblical views but both people should appreciate the opportunity to explore different ways of faith. We need to be open and inquisitive about each other’s beliefs. The congregation can learn so much from teens and adults alike, by respectfully questioning and taking into consideration other members’ views on scripture. We are all disciples of God and everyone youth and elders need to listen for the word of God.
Riverside Presbyterian Church
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it was good to see you in church.
hope all goes well with your visit today.