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Br. Samuel Babu, Believers Brethren Assembly, (BBA), Majlis - Bahrain For the last few days, we have been relentlessly praying for Br. Samuel Babu, who suffered Cardiac Problems and was admitted in Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain. It was well pleasing for our Lord to call HIS child to the Eternal Home, where there is no pain, no sorrow, no tears, no sickness and no death. He went to be with the LORD around 10:30 PM Bahrain Time today (Friday 23rd 2015). Let us uphold the grieving family members to the Throne of Grace. May the Lord bestow upon them heavenly Grace, Peace and strength and console them with the word of God.
 
 
 
YOUTH

WHILE THE CHURCH SLEPT

  

 

"Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth." Psalm 86:11 (NIV)

 

 

In his book, Josh McDowell presented statistics from numerous surveys that have been conducted by George Barna and other researchers over the years to study religious life. In these studies, "born again" teens are defined as those who agree that "I have personally trusted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and if I were to die today, I know I'd go to heaven because He is my Savior, and He has forgiven me of my sins." Keeping that definition in mind, the statistics I read are astonishing.

 

The surveys found that in 1991, 52% of "born again" teenagers agreed that "there is no truth apart from myself." By 1999, that number had risen to 78%. Today, this infiltration of post-modernism into the church has resulted in 91% of "born-again" teens saying that there is no truth apart from themselves. Among these same teens, 63% say that Jesus is "a" Son of God, not "the" Son of God. Among the "born again teens," 65% say there is no way to tell which faith is true. If you say that there is no truth, then you can't say that Jesus is "the" Son of God or that any one faith is truer than another faith.

 

In 1995, only 10% of "born again" young people agreed with the statement that the Bible is the infallible Word of God and true in every situation. Today less than 4% agree. McDowell stated that unless something drastic is done, that figure will be 1% within 50 months.

 

Barna's research has also found that a majority of these youth make a lasting determination about the personal significance of Christ's death and resurrection by age 12 and that their personal and moral foundations are generally in place by the time they are 9 years old.

 

McDowell's message was built on the thesis that "relationships engender beliefs that form our values that drive our behavior." He discussed several examples from the Bible. In Psalm 26:3, David said, "Your love is ever before me." As a result of that, David said he walked continually in the Lord's truth. In Psalm 86:11, David says, "Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth!" Why will he do this? Verse 13 tells us that it is because of God's great love toward him. In John 1:14, we read that "the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness." In verse 17, John tells us that it was Jesus Christ who came "full of unfailing love and faithfulness."

 

McDowell noted that no matter how well a father teaches his son or daughter the Word of God, if the child doesn't believe in his or her heart of hearts that "my daddy loves me," the child will walk away. He also said that "unless a child is constantly aware of your unfailing love, they will never live according to your truth," for "truth without relationships leads to rejection," and "rules without relationships leads to rebellion."

 

Dartmouth Medical School recently published the results of their review of 267 studies done on young people and stated that all scientific evidence shows that from the moment of birth, a child's brain is physically or biologically formed to connect in relationships not emotionally, not spiritually, but physically. The researchers concluded that if you want to pass your values on to your children, to see your own children adopt your truth and follow that truth, then:

 

1. You must build loving, intimate relationships with them.

2. You must model that same truth and value in the presence of your child.

 

Just as Jesus and Paul each gave us an example to follow, so we must give our children an example to follow.

 

The most shocking statistic I read was this: 85% of Christian teens leave the church within 18 months of high school graduation. Although, given the previous statistics, we probably should have expected this.

 

How can this be? What happened? Has the church been asleep? Did we not see this coming?

 

How many times have we read the Old Testament stories of Israel repeatedly turning away from God and thought, "How could they do that? Couldn't they see where the path they were on was taking them?"

 

Are we so different? Have we also turned a blind eye toward the path our young people are on?

 

If, like me, you have been asleep while our children have been drawn away from the values we hold dear, from the God we love and serve, then let these statistics serve as our wake-up call. Let us start this day to build relationships with our young people and model to them the truths and values of Jesus. If you have no children or they are out on their own, do not think that there is nothing for you to do. May God have mercy on us if we fail to act?

 

 

COMPILED FROM McDOWELL’S NOTES

 
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