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Bible Reading: Proverbs 22:1-9
Key Verse: Verse 6 – ”Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Key Words: Train up a child
As parents, it’s our responsibility to train up our children in “The Way” (God’s way) that they should go. But it is their responsibility to go in the way they are trained.
The following survey was taken in the 80’s by Bruce Wilkinson. I believe they are fairly accurate for today.
70% of high school grads leave the church, never to return
65% of evangelical teens never read their Bibles
33% believe religion is out of date and out of touch
40% of all teens believe in astrology
30% read astrology column daily
93% know their sign
58% of protestant teens believe students should have access to contraceptives
25% of high school students contract some form of STD
42% of protestant teens say there are many ways to God
60% question that miracles are possible
28% feel the contents of the Bible are not accurate.
According to surveys in the 90’s:
65% of all H.S. Christian students are sexually active
75% of all H.S. students cheat regularly
30% of all H.S. students have shoplifted in the past 30 days
45-50% of all teen pregnancies are aborted
3.3 million teens are alcoholics
1000 teens try to commit suicide daily
10% of H.S. students have experimented with or are involved in a homosexual lifestyle.
If children are going in the way they are trained, then what does that say about our training?
What to do:
✞ Train up your children in the way they should go.
Bible Reading: Titus, Chapter 2
Key Verse: Verse 12 – “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world”
Key Words: we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.
There is none so blind as those who will not see; none so deaf as those who will not hear; and I might add, none so worldly as those who “love the world.”
The problem is so many believers have been brought up worldly that they see nothing wrong with their lives. Some years ago, musicians noted that errand boys in a certain part of London all whistled out of tune as they went about their work. It was talked about and someone suggested that it was because the bells of Westminster were slightly out of tune. Something had gone wrong with the chimes and they were discordant. The boys did not know there was anything wrong, and quite unconsciously they had copied their pitch. So we tend to copy the people with whom we associate; we borrow thoughts from the books we read and the programs to which we listen, almost without knowing it. God has given us His Word, which is the absolute pitch of life and living. If we learn to sing by it, we shall easily detect the false in the world.
What to do:
✞ Make sure you are whistling on key with the Bible.
Bible Reading: Acts 8:26-32
Key Verse: Verse 30 – “And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?”
Key Words: Understandest thou what thou readest
The story is told of General Douglas MacArthur, famed American general, who faced a difficult class at West Point when he studied there. As he tells it, “The first section was studying the time-space relationship later formulated by Einstein as his Theory of Relativity. The text was complex and, being unable to comprehend it, I committed the pages to memory. When I was called upon to recite, I solemnly reeled off almost word for word what the book said. Our instructor, Colonel Fieberger, looked at me somewhat quizzically and asked, ‘Do you understand this theory?’ It was a bad moment for me, but I did not hesitate in replying, ‘No, sir.’ You could have heard a pin drop. I braced myself and waited. And then the slow words of the professor: ‘Neither do I, Mr. MacArthur. Section dismissed.'”
The problem is not in our lack of understanding, the problem is when we refuse to understand. The story in Acts 8 with the eunuch reminds us that it’s our responsibility to make salvation “understandable.” But it is the lost person’s responsibility to “want” to understand.
What to do:
✞ Our responsibility is to make the Gospel clear and understandable.
Bible Reading: Ephesians 5:6-16
Key Verse: Verse 16 – “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Key Words: Redeeming the time
How we spend our time tells us as much about ourselves as how we spend our money.
When as a child I laughed and wept, time crept.
When as a youth I dreamed and talked, time walked.
When I became a full-grown man, time ran.
And later as I older grew, time flew.
Soon I shall find while traveling on, time gone.
If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,000 that carried over no balance from day to day, allowed you to keep no cash in your account, and every evening cancelled whatever part of the amount you failed to use during the day, what would you do?
You would draw out every cent every day, of course, and use it to your advantage! Well, you have such a bank, and its name is TIME! Every morning it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it rules off as lost whatever of time you failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balances and allows no overdrafts. Each day it opens a new account with you. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against tomorrow.
What to do:
✞ We are always complaining that our days are few, but we live as though there is no end to life. Remember, the testimony of your life is found in how you spend your time.