Sabbath Afternoon

 

Memory Text: “Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine [showing] uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” Titus 2:6-8

 

The Bible asks a very important question, “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?” Proverbs 6:27 The “taking fire to your bosom” question is a rhetorical question asking if a person can embrace practices that are inherently bad and not expect bad results.  The answer is, obviously, no but more often than not a young person will answer yes. Why? Because they are inexperienced, they are not able to recognize that older people have done exactly what they are doing or going to do and have been burned, they think that everyone else that has tried it before didn’t have the skills that they have, and because they are young, they believe they are invincible. Our modern life, combined with our physical weaknesses, make taking fire to our bosom a little more dangerous than in the past. Many of our clothing are a mix of synthetic and natural material, which will result in us getting burned, in the old fashion way and with some modern twist.

 

The modern reality that we now face is that many young people are not getting the opportunity to enjoy their youth because before they are out of their twenties they are physically wasted and battered. Drugs (synthetic and natural) and alcohol, for example, is making many young people look like their parents. In essence they are taking fire to their bosom and getting some severe burning.

 

This week we are exploring the best use of your youth.

 

 

Sunday                                                                                                                                  May 15

 

Title: Starting Early                                               

 

After I started partaking of a plant based diet, I had run into a lady at a seminar who was excited that I was getting the benefits of a healthy diet so young, and she was just excited and relating the idea that she wished she had started earlier herself. At this times I was already experiencing some of the benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle and was thinking what if I had started even younger. The advantage to starting something early is that you get the good benefit longer. It is easier to learn a good habit and maintain it, than to learn a bad habit and have to get rid of it and then try to learn a good one. So many will try to learn something new in the midst of a crisis. It is hard to try to learn to partake of greens, take herbs, practice self-control, lose weight, or exercise patience when you are under pressure to overcome an illness that is like a time bomb. Learning to walk with God can be like learning an instrument, you can learn it at any age, but it seems to be easier learning when you are young, with a clear mind, unlimited energy and time.     

 

How does the Bible instruct us to overcome the world? Why should we overcome the world?

1 John 2:14 - 17     

 

 

 

 

Monday                                                                                                                                May 16

 

Title: Learning Ahead of Your Years                                                     

 

Having insight and foresight is one of the powerful abilities the Bible bestows upon those who will seek wisdom from its pages. Understanding human behavior and why things are the way they are gives you an advantage in life that no other source of knowledge gives. Being ten years ahead of your peers in understanding life gives you an advantage in being successful in all aspects of life. Human behavior and social structures have been consistent throughout history, and it is in this area the Bible shines brightly. It is a great experience to be young in body and older in understanding and wisdom. Why delay becoming wise in your understanding when you could have a powerful life today, living in a mindset where few adults have ever attained to?   

 

What do we receive by learning wisdom from the Bible at an early age?

Proverbs 1:4 To give subtlety to the simple, to the young man knowledge and discretion. 

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Have you ever thought how it was possible for a young child to rule a kingdom like Israel?

 

 

Tuesday                                                                                                                                May 17

 

Title: An Example

 

In this life you will quickly find out that most people’s every day experiences are simply because of their mindset. If you see yourself as a bobble head doll or have a Chihuahua mindset, then you will live out your life that way. It is important to be firm and resolute in your mind about what you want and where you are going. Most young adults do not develop beyond their teenage years in mindset and are aimless, and will spend years trying to find out… let’s just say existing without a purpose. Yet Jesus has a greater plan for your life, that you should live a life of purpose and meaning. You can be an example of what many individuals much older than yourself could be if only you would embrace the call that Jesus offers to so many people but so few respond to.  

           

How thorough can your experience be as a young believer?

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 

 

 

What is it about Solomon’s life that would make us take his statement below serious?

Ecclesiastes 12:1

 

 

What is the testimony of David about how to grow successfully?

Psalms 71:5, 17     

 

 

 

Wednesday                                                                                                                         May 18

 

Title: Don’t Waste Time in Your Youth                                    

 

One of the things you will hear people say is that you are young and because of that you have time. It is important for you to treat that kind of statement as background noise that should be ignored. If you also feel that you have much free time on your hands you are making a mistake and wasting precious time. The more your delay taking life by the horn (handle) and begin to work seriously at your plans, the more regrets you will have later on in life. The more time wasted is the more you offset great experiences in living a life of excellence. This life has so much that will waste our young years, and it is only in the Christian life that we have the power to avoid those things that would limit our usefulness and success. Imagine wasting the strength of our younger years on riotous living like the prodigal son in the New Testament, but without a rich father, so we now have to spend our older years trying to do the hard labor we should have done when we were younger with an older weaker body.      

 

How do you live a life and not waste time?

2 Timothy 2:22 - 26

 

 

 

Thursday                                                                                                                              May 19

 

Title: Remember His Benefits                                        

 

Now is not the time to be wasting our youth doing activities that will land us in prison. Too many young men are spending a good portion or all of their youth in prison. Now is not the time to be injuring our bodies on cheap thrills so we spend the rest of our adulthood in and out of treatment. Now is not the time to be wasting our strength on drugs and alcohol. Now is the time to receive the benefits of our temperance message, time to strengthen our minds with the wisdom for living from the Bible, and to understand the science of salvation. It is important that we do not waste the strength of our youth, but instead use this time to receive the benefits the Lord gives us to live lives as more than conquerors.  

 

What is one of the most powerful reason to follow the Lord? 

Palms 103:1 [A Psalm] of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, [bless] his holy name. 

 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 

 103:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; 

 103:4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; 

 103:5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good [things; so that] thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.

 

 

 

Insight: All fabrics will burn but some are more combustible than others. Untreated natural fibers such as cotton, linen and silk burn more readily than wool, which is more difficult to ignite and burns with a low flame velocity. Most synthetic fabrics, such as nylon, acrylic or polyester resist ignition. However, once ignited, the fabrics melt. This hot, sticky, melted substance causes localized and extremely severe burns. When natural and synthetic fibers are blended, the hazard may increase because the combination of high rate of burning and fabric melting usually will result in serious burns. In some cases, the hazard may be greater than that of either fabric individually.

 

 

Friday                                                                                                                                        May 20

 

“Young men should have broad ideas, wise plans, that they may make the most of their opportunities, catch the inspiration and courage that animated the apostles. John says, “I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.” An elevated standard is presented before the youth, and God is inviting them to come into real service for Him. True-hearted young men who delight to be learners in the school of Christ, can do a great work for the Master, if they will only give heed to the command of the Captain as it sounds down along the lines to our time, “Quit you like men, be strong.” {MYP 24.1}

You are to be men who will walk humbly with God, who will stand before Him in your God-given manhood, free from impurity, free from all contamination from the sensuality that is corrupting this age. You must be men who will despise all falsity and wickedness, who will dare to be true and brave, holding aloft the blood-stained banner of Prince Emmanuel. Your talents will increase as you use them for the Master, and they will be esteemed precious by Him who has bought them with an infinite price. Do not sit down and neglect to do anything, simply because you cannot do some great thing, but do whatever your hands find to do, with thoroughness and energy.” {E. G. White, Messages to Young People, p. 24.2}

 

Discussion questions

Share with the class what section of this week’s study you find inspiring, challenging, and difficult to understand.

 

Prepare to discuss with the class the power of a young person living a Christian life.

 

What is your understanding of the importance of being “ahead of your years” in wisdom?