Ronnie Presley
on 08/04/2017 at 12:55 am
justin i have been teaching youth at our church for 5 years, the best advice i have is to be real with them, and to show that you deaire to get involved in their lives and to always love on them like jesus loves us
on 08/02/2017 at 06:30 pm
Thanks Greg that's great advice!
Montrey Willis
on 08/02/2017 at 06:07 pm
Greg Arnold
on 08/02/2017 at 05:04 pm
You will do great, Justin... because you care. My only tip is to be yourself. Just be genuine and honest - they sniff it out pretty quick! Best advice I ever received in leading youth classes: "you are never a parent, and you are not a peer". Stay in your lane and you'll make a lasting impact.
on 08/02/2017 at 04:45 pm
This spoke to me this morning! I have been struggling with fear and courage these past couple of weeks. Because of speaking to 7th grade young men this Sunday through this fall at our church and to be honest I'm terrified. I'm not a get up in front of people and teach person but it's something I've always wanted to do. So my pastor put me as a teacher over this class. Our fall programs kick off this a Sunday so many prayers needed as I teach these young men how to be Christ like and to give it with all their heart and mind to understand my teaching. Thanks guys this was awesome kickstart for the day!
Boyce Moses
on 08/02/2017 at 02:54 pm
Great testimony Brett! Bless you brother.
on 08/02/2017 at 02:33 pm
I actually quit drinking for this very reason. I use to socially have a drink here and there no big deal. But one night while at a friends house my son had gotten in trouble for being mean or something of that sort. And I was scolding him biblically like I always do. But after I was done I realized that I still had a beer in my hand! And that hit me hard. I felt like the biggest hypocrite ever! Haven't drinkin since. Cause I want to be the example for my kids. I want to be the change that I want to see in this world. And I couldn't have done with out our almighty God! He truly is a good good father. And I aspire to be like is only begotten son! Our king Jesus Christ! I love you brothers!
on 08/02/2017 at 02:25 pm
on 08/02/2017 at 02:11 pm
It's funny how sometimes God can give us the same message multiple times in a row just so that we see His point. Last night my wife and I were talking about the example I need to set for my kids and now this morning I read this about first learning from oldr mature christians but then also being that example for the next generation and beyond. God teach myself and all my brothers and sisters how to be men and women of integrity so that we can be the example for the next generation.
Boyce Moses
on 08/02/2017 at 01:43 pm
Precious Father, we come to You today to thank You for the blessing of our faith. It's such a blessing to have our faith, and be part of the brotherhood of brothers in Christ. Let us pass our faith on to others. Possibly by talking, possibly by them watching our actions, possibly by our interaction with others. Remind us Father, we are always a witness for You, let us always show what a Christian looks like. Praying in the name of Jesus. Amen.

DAY 214: Leading and Following

Encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.  ~ Titus 2: 6-8

Every generation has been shaped by the things it sees and experiences. Rarely are words the motivator of young men, but actions and behavior are strong influencers.

We emulate and mimick what we see and pick up on what is shown to us. Many young boys and young men adopt the behaviors of the people and influences in their lives. 

As we stand before our community, it's our duty to "show" what integrity looks like. To demonstrate our words through consistent actions. 

To make an impact, you need to learn from other believers who are more mature than you, and you need to mentor believers who are younger than you.  Both of which should be emulating Christ. 

Who are you following? And who are you leading?