7 Jul 2019
Dear family in Christ
Youth Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of July in Singapore. In this complex post-modern age, the young generation face many challenges in their growing years, such as the pressure of education, dysfunction of family, pleasures of life, diversity of temptations, shifting moral values, etc. Parents, teachers and religious leaders are concerned for the rise in the number of youths and young adults struggling with mental illness, work stress, depression, pornography, gambling, etc.
As God’s people in community together, it is important to come alongside the youths and young adults in our church in their discipleship journey. Let me suggest some practical ways for our action and involvement.
- PRAY: Remember the youths and young adults in fervent prayer at our personal devotions and corporate prayer times. May they have the fear of the Lord and committed discipleship in following Jesus. At our monthly church prayer meeting since May 2019, we have begun praying for the youths in our church by name and by family.
There will be a special prayer meeting this month to pray for our church young people. It will be held on 14 July, Sunday 11.30am to 12.30pm at IT Conference Room. Parents of youths & young adults and all members of the church are welcome to gather to pray.
- ENCOURAGE: Youths need lots of love and encouragement as they grow in their Christian faith and Christlike character. They need spiritual guidance in coping with the struggles of life. Where opportunities arise, do give them a word of encouragement.
- MODEL: Youths learn best when they see godly Christian life examples in the church and in the family. By God’s grace and help, let us model the life of godliness and committed discipleship as an exemplary encouragement to the youths.
- DISCIPLE: Let us make time to disciple a group of youths to help them grow in their discipleship journey and also train them to disciple others. We are thankful to God for those serving as youth leaders and young adult leaders in being a spiritual friend and impactful influence.
“Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth …” Ecclesiastes 12:1