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A Vision for the Next Generation

by Pastor Matt Manning on May 28, 2023


In his sermon, Pastor Matt talked about the tendency in our culture, especially church culture, to dismiss someone because of his or her young age.

MY STORY | Starting Place
What are some back-handed compliments you’ve received?

(Like, “You’re so fascinating when you make an effort.“)

DIGGING DEEPER | Practical Biblical Application
Command and teach these things. Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. (1 Timothy 4:11-12)

Why did Paul put these two things together here? Command and teach? What can happen when you have one without the other?

What are a few reasons that some people don’t take you seriously? How do you usually respond when you realize that that’s happening?

GROWING TOGETHER | Spiritual Friendship
Pastor Matt said the best way to respond to slights is to not let these insults live rent-free in your head, but rather to set an example in the following five areas: speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.

We are often admonished to not take things personally, but how in the world can you actually do that?

Suggest healthy and unhealthy examples of how these five things (speech, conduct, love, faith, & purity) can express themselves in productive ways in your relationships.

MOVING OUTWARD | Faith in Action
This week, notice something a young person is doing well, and affirm him or her—be specific about the usefulness or effectiveness of what they’re doing.

Pick one of the five areas of example-setting (in speech, conduct, love, faith, or purity), and deliberately focus your attention on one of them this week. Get creative in the ways to honor God and others in its expression this week.

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