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Early Training in Salvation

Salvation is a central truth in Scripture (Matt 1:21; Heb 5:9), but can our children explain it (cf. Rom 3:25; Matt 20:28; Eph 5:23)? Salvation is at the center off all we do as Christians; it is the theme of the Bible. Talk to your children early and often about salvation (Deut 6:7).

I. BAD NEWS: SIN

A. Disobedience (Gen 3:1-6)
B. Lawlessness (1 John 3:4)
1. Breaking God’s rules
2. Making up your own rules
C. Iniquity (Isa 59:1-2)

II. SAD NEWS: RESULTS OF SIN

A. Spiritual death (Rom 6:23)
B. Satan’s hell (Luke 12:5)
C. God’s rejection (Gen 3:24)

III. GOOD NEWS: GOD’S GIFT FOR SINNERS

A. Eternal life (Rom 6:23)
B. God’s presence (Luke 15:20-24; Rev 19:7-9; John 14:1-3)
C. Free gift (Rom 6:23; Eph 2:8; 1 Pet 2:24-27)
D. Obediently accepted (Mark 16:16; 1 Pet 3:21)

IV. APPLICATION: SALVATION MOTIVATION

A. Not human perfection (1 John 1:8; 1 John 1:9; Eph 2:4-6)
B. Fear of Hell (Matt 25:45-46; Matt 25:30)
C. Love of God (John 3:16; Rom 5:8-9)
1. Pearl of great price (Matt 13:45-46)
2. Granted to few (Matt 22:14)

Salvation is God’s will for everyone, but first He will honor the sacrifice of His Son that purchased our right to receive salvation (2 Pet 3:9; 1 Tim 2:4). If we will honor the Son, the Father will honor us!

Youth Groups Driving Teens to Abandon Faith. — A Father’s Example of Faith in Jesus

Youth Groups Driving Teens to Abandon Faith

By Kyle Campbell

A new study might reveal why a majority of teenagers abandon their religious beliefs upon high school graduation.  Some time ago, pollster George Barna documented that 61% of today’s 20-somethings who had attended religious assemblies at one point during their teen years are now spiritually disengaged.  They do not attend church, read their Bible, or pray.  According to a national survey, the youth group itself is the problem.  Fifty-five percent of Americans are concerned with modern “youth ministry” because it is too shallow and too entertainment-focused, resulting in an inability to instill deep spiritual beliefs.

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