Essay on Youth

10884 Words Dec 4th, 2015 44 Pages
Empowering
Youth
Focusing on Salvation and Service

Missions

Leadership

Discipleship

Evangelism

Prepared by the General Conference Youth Department

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General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
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Silver Spring, MD 20904, USA

Contents

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Introduction
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As youth leaders, we spend effort and energy trying to entertain our youth so they won’t slip away from the church. We argue among ourselves about how to solve the “problem” of our youth. We worry about their dress, their music, their deportment, their games and movies and dates. It’s time we actually put our effort towards mobilizing God’s army!
Our twofold focus as Adventist youth leaders must always be: Salvation and
Service. We work to introduce our young people to Jesus Christ so that they will choose a saving relationship with Him for themselves. The second part of this work, equally important, is to then train them to bring His message of love and hope to others.
This handbook will focus on four keys to achieving the twin goals of Salvation and Service:
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Discipleship

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Leadership

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Missions

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Evangelism

Discipleship is the process of learning to follow.
Ultimately, the leader we want our youth to follow is, of course, Jesus. As leaders, we ourselves need to be Christ’s disciples. Then we need to encourage young people to become our disciples, in order to teach them to follow Jesus. Paul said:
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1, NIV).

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This is akin to the concept of mentoring that is so popular in the business world, but it goes much farther. Jesus’ commission was to “go and make

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