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Young Men: It’s Importance of Fellowship

As Christians, we are separate from the world and must remind ourselves of that distinction by abstaining from secular and sinful activities that go on outside the church. One of the many reasons it’s important for young men to fellowship in the church is so that we can confess our temptations and issues that we struggle with. Many of us face worldly temptations that can be hard to resist and we may think as if we are the only ones struggling. However, 1 Corinthians 10:13 says “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man.” When we understand that our temptations are common to others, it can be less intimidating and difficult to speak freely about what we are going through. Fellowship allows an opportunity for us to worship together and encourage one another to walk in Christ, as well as share the love of God with one another. Young men, in particular, need to fellowship with other young men in the church because they need to encourage one another in such trying times as these. A young man absent of spiritual guidance and strong male leadership may be susceptible to the negative influences in today’s society. Life obligations and daily tasks may cause someone to be consumed by their misguided actions and thoughts. Through fellowship and strong communication, a young man is able to see and understand how the adult men in our church have progressed through many of the challenging experiences that we are currently going through. The worst place to be is absent of a relationship with Jesus Christ and isolated from those who care about you. Communication is really the key. Through fellowship, our young men are able to obtain knowledge and wisdom from the adult men in our church on how to deal with various challenges like academics, relationships, finances, character development, and continuing personal growth with Jesus Christ. All of these topics have helped to obtain a certain amount of knowledge to make better decisions. Many young men in our local communities have used poor judgment which has led to a loss of opportunities for them. Prayer, constant fellowship, and a growing relationship with Jesus Christ will help our young men become successful in life.

Submitted by Trustee Stan Ridley

Lead By Example

Leadership in the Church: In our world today, most countries, states, counties, and villages are under a certain leadership. You also have leadership in church as well. You have leadership in schools, jobs, and even families. Leadership to some people, like myself, is having the responsibility of leading others to success and teaching others how they can be better at what they do. I also believe that when given such a position, you must know how to assess certain situations, be a role model to those who may be following you and be able to deal with and/or interact with people from all over.

Definition of Leadership: The definition of leadership is the action of leading a group of people and organization. The biblical definition of leadership is a person of character and competence who influences a community of people to achieve a God-honoring calling means of the power of Christ.

Many people take on leadership but do not fulfill the requirements of being a true “leader”. This is expressed in our society today, and this is also expressed in some churches as well. There are people who become leaders just to have the title. Those people are not meant to lead. It is as if they want to be seen “doing something good”. This allows people to not only be driven towards the wrong thing but miss the possible understanding that they may need. The goal that needs to be set is to be able to lead by example.

Biblical Leadership: In the Bible, there are many leaders, and Nehemiah was one of them. Nehemiah gained favor with the King of Persia to leave and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. He motivated the Israelites to bring back the worship of God. Another great leader in the Bible was Moses. Moses was sent by God to lead His people away from the King of Egypt. Moses set the people free and led them to the Holy Land that God had promised them. Both Nehemiah and Moses showed great examples of Godly leadership. Godly leadership brings one in contact with the sinful and the broken in order to help rebuild, but it also exposes one’s life to dangers and temptations. Sometimes when we are called to do things, we tend to draw away from our purpose.

Prayer for Leadership: During these times we must remember to pray and ask God to take away any distractions and allow us to focus on what He has in store for you. Even if you do not have a particular leadership position, we are all leaders. Especially the young adults of today. There are children and teenagers that look up to us, so we must make sure that we are being responsible and showing them the right way of doing things. If our decisions are not God-like, then we are jeopardizing the future of our youth. This also goes for adults as well. We need to make sure that when we lead, we are doing it with a pure heart and an open mind.

Submitted by Michelle Mims

Over the Years

Over the years, I have noticed an increase of a specific trait that has caused tension with the way we (meaning God’s children) live our lives. The act of selfishness has allowed people to ignore others and lose sight of truly loving each other. This trait has been around for years, and to me it is always swept under the rug. It is not something that just dwells in millennials, it happens to everyone. This is an issue that needs to be critiqued now. If we decide to continue to be selfish, we will end up falling short of God’s word, as well as His glory. The act of selfishness is the lack of consideration for others; concerned chiefly with one’s own personal profit or pleasure. Philippians 2:3-4 says “Don’t be selfish, don’t try to impress others. Be humble thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests.” It’s natural for people to care for themselves, but when it’s at the expense of someone who may be in need, and it ends up affecting them negatively is when the line needs to be drawn.

Take David for an example (2 Samuel 11:1-27). One day, David met a woman by the name of Bathsheba, daughter of Eliam and wife of Uriah the Hittite. Bathsheba was taking a bath when David noticed her. He sent his messenger to get her. David and Bathsheba grew close. Bathsheba later found out that she was expecting. Bathsheba sent out the message to David, and in return David sent for Uriah the Hittite, which was her husband. David became friends with Uriah and showed his concern for the war that was going on between the Israelite army and the Ammonites. He then encouraged Uriah to go home, but Uriah felt that he should not wine and dine while the war was still going on. David invited Uriah to stay until the next day where he ended up getting Uriah inebriated. This action was not enough to get Uriah to go home. David then wrote a letter to Joab, which Uriah delivered, stating to have Uriah stationed on the front line where the war was the strongest so that way Uriah could be killed. In the end, Uriah was killed alongside other Israelites. When Bathsheba found out that Uriah was killed, she mourned him. While mourning her late husband, David sent out for her and she then became one of his wives. The Lord was not pleased with the actions David took (2 Samuel 11:1-27). It was selfish of David to be with Bathsheba knowing she was married. It was also selfish of him to become friends with Uriah and then have him killed so that way he can become closer to Bathsheba. This is an example of how selfishness has been around for a long time. Avoiding selfishness is not as hard as some people make it out to be.

Selflessness is the concern more with the needs and wishes of others than with one’s own. Being selfless is a trait that everyone should have. Putting others before you should be the way to go for most cases. I say that to say you should always take care of yourself, but if someone that is close to you is in need or seeks encouragement, do not look the other way. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 says “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ showed selflessness when He died on the cross for our sins. Most of the fields we work in require us to be selfless, though many of us are not. I say us because I find myself being selfish sometimes. There are plenty of times where I would go to work and say, “I don’t want to be bothered with people and their ‘mess’ today.” Though people come to my job to fulfill their appetites and have a great dining experience. It is an everyday necessity to eat, so I shouldn’t be the one saying that I don’t want to be bothered. “See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people” (1 Thessalonians 5:15). Another important key is to be genuine when you are being selfless. Do not just be selfless cause it is the right thing to do, do it with love and compassion. Also, do not be selfless and look to be rewarded for your selflessness, do it with a pure heart. As Christians, we are supposed to love and care for everyone, regardless of what they have been through or what they are going through.

Submitted by Sis. Michelle Mims