April 8, 2001
Volume 11, Number 14

What Can I Do As A Young Person?

The finest young people in the world are associated with churches of Christ. They are washed in the blood of the Lamb, zealous, dedicated, pure, strong and faithful (1 John 2:14). We want you to know that we love you and want you to "be all you can be" for Christ and His cause.

God never intended for Christianity to be a "NO" religion. We hear a lot of sermons on what teen-agers cannot do (which is good), but, "What can they do?"

Christianity is not a spectator sport. It demands involvement (1 Corinthians 15:58, Matthew 25:24-26). If one is old enough to obey the Gospel, he is old enough to labor in the vineyard of Christ. There are no apprentices in the shop of salvation. No "try-it-before-you-buy-it" plans for Christianity. You do not have to be eighteen to be in the Lord's army. No visas are needed to enter His kingdom. Every worker is expected to use his talents, abilities and opportunities for the good of the group.


God is against infant baptism, but He does want every sinner to come to Him. Too many think they will become Christians later in life, but then they never do (Ecclesiastes 12:1). They are interested as adolescents but disinterested as adults. Many will be eternally lost because they decided not to decide (2 Thessalonians 1:8). Their tender hearts said, "Yes" but Satan whispered, "Later." And they listened to the serpent.
God wants you in the water (Acts 2:38)! That is, if you believe that Christ is His Son (John 3:16), are willing to repent (Luke 13:3), and confess His great name (Romans 10:9-11). This is where it all begins. You cannot serve Christ until you do.


Have you ever stood in the presence of the governor of a state? Have you been in a room with the leader of a country? Few have, but each of us have a much greater privilege each Sunday. We will stand in the presence of the Maker of heaven and earth! Teenage Christians are in this group! Do not ever miss an opportunity to worship God - He deserves the praises of every voice in the world. Never deny Him His glory (Hebrews 10:25). Young men should be allowed (encouraged) to take leading roles in worship - teach them to lead singing, preach, work on the Lord's Table and lead prayers.

God expects teen-agers (as well as others) to worship Him reverently (John 4:24). Worship is no time for talking, passing notes, sleeping, or cutting up. It is a time when hearts are set on pleasing God and minds are filled with spiritual things (Matthew 5:6, Psalm 96:8).


Some adults see the years of youth as a time to sow wild oats, but sober-minded young people know better! These years belong to God (Ephesians 5:16: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). God expects every one of His children to give Him a sanctified life (Titus 2:6,12, 1 Timothy 4:12, 15-16). At whatever age, it is time now to be adding the Christian virtues (2 Peter 1:5-8) and to incorporate the beautiful attitudes (Matthew 5:3-10). Sowing wild oats precipitates a harvest that no one wants (Galatians 6:7). Why have to pray for "crop failure" when there is a better way?


Obviously teen-agers are not qualified to do everything that others might do. Elders and deacons are not taken from teenage classes. But because one cannot do some things does not mean he cannot do anything!

There are many things young people can do. In fact, their energy, free time and zeal allows them to do more than many adults. Young people are terrific at door-knocking for meetings and Vacation Bible Schools. They meet people well, enjoy working with other teen-agers, and especially like the opportunity to do something real for Christ. Young people are good at visiting, especially with old people. It does the elderly so much good to see a young person coming with a flower or hug. Young Christians are good about sending cards to the sick and delinquent.

Teen-agers are better at bringing their friends to meetings and regular services than almost all adults. They can be good soul winners. They have a wider circle of friends than most adults and find their friends have more open minds than many adults. For these reasons young Christians lead many souls to Christ (Mark 16:15-16).

Young people, you have a bright future in the church. We treasure the opportunity to help you grow stronger. Listen closely, learn well, for in not too many years you will be where we are.

Not very exciting you say? Try it. It might just be the most challenging thing you will ever do!

Allen Webster

Annual Bible Reading Program

This week’s Bible readings are:

Sunday, 8th: Matthew 28, Deuteronomy 9-10, Job 8
Monday, 9th
: Acts 1, Deuteronomy 11-12, Job 9
Tuesday, 10th
: Acts 2:1-13, Deuteronomy 13-14, Job 10
Wednesday, 11th
: Acts 2:14-47, Deuteronomy 15-16, Job 11
Thursday, 12th
: Acts 3, Deuteronomy 17-18, Job 12
Friday, 13th
: Acts 4:1-22, Deuteronomy 19-20, Job 13
Saturday, 14th
: Acts 4:23-37, Deuteronomy 21-22, Job 14

Opportunity is often lost by deliberating.


The best times in life are made a 1000 times better when shared with fellow believers.

A Special Welcome to our Visitors

Please fill out a blue visitor card so that we might have a record of your visit. If needed, there is a nursery available at the rear of the auditorium. Bible classes for all ages are available Sundays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 PM. We hope that you will join us for these studies. Please come and worship with us again soon.

Dale Yake - Bill Sherman - Elizabeth O'Connor - Leslie Johnson

Viola Morinier - Virginia Law - Jeanette Thompsom

Bill Brown - Mike Sullivan - Martha Osborne -Maxine Riggenbach

Mary Kauppila - Naomi Morton - Elroy Finney - Jim & Betty Dougan




New Directory: We are working on the new directory which will include family photos.

April 29th: Mark Your Calendars … for Sunday, April 29th. It is a fifth Sunday and the collection on that day will be placed into our building fund.

Wednesday Adult Bible Class: "Jeremiah", chapter 51. (6:30 PM)

Sunday’s Lessons:

You Can Make A Difference! (Galatians 6:10)

We Reap The Same In Kind As We Sow (Galatians 6:7-9)

Service Opportunities

Time of Services


Wayne Vowell



Walt Thompson

Bible Study:

10:00 am

Morning Services


11:00 am

Bible Reading:

Kerry Keathley

Evening Worship:

6:00 pm


Delbert Leavens



Ted Wheeler

Ladies Bible Class:

11:00 am.

Closing Prayer:

Don Douglas


Evening Services

Bible Study:

6:30 pm

Opening Prayer:

Jim Dougan


Delbert Leavens

Our Record - Last Week


Ted Wheeler

Closing Prayer:

Mike Weber



$ 2339.00
Wayne Vowell
Weekly Budget:
$ 1500.00
Dick Navarre
Charlie White
Weekly Average (yr):

Mike Weber

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