Friday, September 4, 2015

Lesson Outline - Youth Evangelism (1 Timothy 4:11-12)

The Charge for Evangelism
Mark 16:15-16
15 Then He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.  16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned."

Clarification that it applies to youth by Paul
1 Timothy 4: 11-12
11 Command and teach these things.  12 Let no one despise your youth: instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

  1. Jesus Christ has charged all believers with spreading the gospel (Mark 16:15-16)
    1. 15 - the command
    2. 16 - the summary of the gospel (sinners are condemned, but believers are saved even though they are sinners)
  2. Timothy
    1. Timothy was born in Lystra (part of present day Turkey)
    2. His father was a pagan Greek.
    3. When timothy was still a child, Paul visited Lystra.  Through Paul's preaching and work, Timothy's mother and grandmother came to believe in Christ.
    4. Paul returned a few years later and found that Timothy was already a respected member of the Christian congregation there.
    5. Timothy traveled with Paul and Silas to Macedonia and stayed in Thessalonica (think about the books 1 & 2 Thessalonians) to help with the church there after Paul left.
    6. He is later sent to Corrinth (the Las Vegas of the ancient world) by Paul.  When he got there, they had just received Paul's letter (1 Corrinthians) that was very critical of some of the practices in the church at Corrinth.  The people were not very happy about the letter, so Timothy returned to Ephesus to tell Paul about it.
    7. He took several other trips with Paul until the year 64, when he was left at Ephesus to govern that church.  He was basically the senior pastor of the church in Ephesus.
  3. 1 Timothy
    1. Timothy was likely in his early twenties when Paul wrote the letter that we call 1 Timothy to Timothy and was probably around the year 65 or 66. 
      1. Keep in mind that in the first century, the Greek word for youth actually meant anyone under 40, so he wasn't just a youth, he was a very young youth by Greek standards.
    2. Paul wrote 1 Timothy as a sort of guide on how to organize and lead a church.  He also wrote it to encourage his star pupil.
  4. 1 Timothy 11
    1. Command and teach these things.
      1. These things refers to the previous verse "… the living God, who is the Savior of everyone, especially of those who believe"
      2. Paul is saying to Command and Teach the Gospel and how to be more like Christ.
  5. 1 Timothy 12
    1. Let no one despise your youth
      1. The natural tendency of some people is to dismiss those that are younger than them, especially if they are much younger.
      2. The NIV says "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young"
      3. The NLT says "Don't let anyone think less of you because you are young"
      4. That's nice, but how can you control what someone else thinks about you, especially if they are going to dismiss you for your age?  Paul tells us in the second part of the verse.
    2. Instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
      1. Be an example to the believers
        1. He isn't just supposed to be an example to world, but to other Christians.  Paul is saying to show believers how to behave like a godly person, like a saved person who has accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior.
        2. This is a calling to be a positive example, not just avoid doing wrong, but how to be as much like Christ as you can.
      2. In speech
        1. What kind of an impact could you have on your friends if you took the old line, "Speak no evil," seriously? If your friends knew that you wouldn't gossip, wouldn't denigrate others, and just would not talk about things that you shouldn't do according to the bible, what kind of impact would that have?  At the very least, they wouldn't talk about those things around you because you refused to engage in that conversation.
        2. Take it a step further and make it a positive statement, "Speak only good."  If every time your friends gossiped, you pointed out a good quality about the person, what do you think would happen?
      3. In conduct
        1. Do you want the respect of those that are older than you? Then conduct yourself in a way that shows Christ in your life.  A person doesn't gain respect by simply not doing evil.  A person gains respect by doing good.
        2. What is good? The bible tells us that God is the ultimate good.  So conduct yourself in the ways that God has instructed us.
      4. In love
        1. The Christian should be a shining example of love.  We are commanded, "Love thy neighbor as thy self."
        2. This means that we should be:
          1. Gracious
          2. Forgiving
          3. Selfless
          4. Have a genuine concern for others
          5. Be willing to pray that those that have done us wrong
            1. Pray for their well-being, not that God would smite them with lightning
        3. This also means that we should show others how we love our families and friends
      5. In faith
        1. Definition - complete trust or confidence in someone or something
        2. You should be an example of how to trust God
        3. Insert more about trusting
      6. In purity
        1. Definition - freedom from anything that debases, contaminates, pollutes
        2. Paul means pure from sin
        3. While it is impossible to be completely pure from sin, you must strive to remove it from your life as much as possible
        4. When you do sin, you should repent (confess your guilt, ask for forgiveness, and take actions in your life to avoid that sin in the future)
        5. I'll note that it is impossible to become more pure without faith because with God's help, we cannot resist sin
          1. Romans 8:5
            1. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
          2. Galatians 5:19-21
            1. Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
  6. Call to Christ

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