TRUTH - LIES - TRUST (John 8:32 - Then you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.) Last night in Youth Fellowship we discussed truth, lies and trust. We had a great discussion, that at times, got off track, but led to some really good questions. Below are some major points we discussed:
Our sins hurt others. So, in reality, committing sins is being self-centered. We talked about reasons why people lie - to make themselves look better, to get out of trouble, to cover other lies, etc. It seems that people sometimes do not learn from their past mistakes. This makes it very difficult to move forward and to grow as a person and as a Christian. Honesty = Trustworthiness
Scriptures referenced were:
John 8:44 - You belong to your father the devil, and you want to do what he wants. He was a murderer from the beginning and was against the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he shows what he is really like, because he is a liar and the father of lies.
Revelation 21:8 - But cowards, those who refuse to believe, who do evil things, who kill, who sin sexually, who do evil magic, who worship idols, and who tell lies—all these will have a place in the lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
Psalm 15:1-3 - Lord, who may enter your Holy Tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? 2 Only those who are innocent and who do what is right. Such people speak the truth from their hearts 3 and do not tell lies about others. They do no wrong to their neighbors and do not gossip.
Proverbs 16:13 - Kings like honest people; they value someone who speaks the truth.
We discussed how people will eventually find out you are lying. (Job 15:6 - It is your own mouth, not mine, that shows you are wicked; your own lips testify against you.) Let’s remember: 2 Corinthians 6:6-7
Our goal should be: Job 27:3-4
We show we are servants of God by our pure lives, our understanding, patience, and kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by true love,7 by speaking the truth, and by God's power. We use our right living to defend ourselves against everything.
as long as I am alive and God's breath of life is in my nose, 4 my lips will not speak evil, and my tongue will not tell a lie.
We then discussed, that as a group, we felt we were not growing and moving forward, due to acting out during our time together. It’s time to regroup and begin to focus and why we come to Youth Fellowship. We want everyone to have fun, but the most important thing is to learn how to grow in our walk with God. All we ask is for your attention and participation for 45 minutes. There is time to socialize before and after our meetings and we provide other fun activities on a regular basis that allows the group to “just hang out.” We have new youth moving up in September. We do not want them to come into our group and see disrespect and acting out. Our group is capable of being mentors and good role models. We also discussed that there will be no more calling out people and saying things about them that may or not be true. If you feel strongly that someone in our group is in trouble, come to us privately and we will work from there. We take things such as drug use very seriously and it is not something to joke around about. Bad things happen and sometimes we may wonder, “Why would God let that happen?” Remember, God only wants the best for us. Satan wants the worst. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
We talked about sins and forgiveness some also. We are all sinners. We all sin daily. Jesus is the only one that walked this earth that was completely sin-free. God will forgive us if we ask Him to. But we have to be sincere in our efforts to try to improve. Ultimately, God knows our hearts.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
We, as leaders, are here because we love God and we love you. We want to help you in your walk with God. We have never lied to you and never will. We will always look out for your best interest.
God can use those bad things though - to help us grow closer to Him, to learn to trust Him more and maybe to help others who encounter the same problems.
Philippians 1:3 - I thank my God every time I remember you.
Notes from our Youth Fellowship meeting.