“Living as Mature Christians:

Role Models for Our Youth”

Today, we delve into what it means to live as mature Christians and how this influences our role as models for the younger generation. As Paul exhorted in Galatians, we are called to freedom in Christ—a freedom that empowers us, not for self-indulgence, but to serve one another in love.

Opening Prayer:
Let us pray. Heavenly Father, grant us the wisdom and guidance to live as You desire, influencing those around us, especially younger believers, to walk in Your ways. Amen.

Introduction to Topic:
Good evening, everyone. Today, we delve into what it means to live as mature Christians and how this influences our role as models for the younger generation. As Paul exhorted in Galatians, we are called to freedom in Christ—a freedom that empowers us, not for self-indulgence, but to serve one another in love.

Part I: Foundations in Scripture

Freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:1):
In Christ, we are liberated—not just from sin, but from the stringent requirements of the law that cannot save. Imagine the profound relief and boundless joy in stepping out of a prison cell, the chains fallen, the door wide open. This freedom is for us today. It empowers us to live lives that are not burdened by the yoke of slavery, but are exhilarating in divine freedom.

Living by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16):
But what should we do with this freedom? Paul gives us the answer: walk by the Spirit, and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh. Picture yourself walking a path, not alone, but guided by a dove glowing with divine light, steering you away from shadows and pitfalls. This is the walk of the Spirit—a journey marked by love, joy, peace, and all the fruits that signify a life rooted in God.

Works of the Flesh vs. Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:19-23):
Contrast this with the works of the flesh—envy, strife, outbursts of anger. Imagine a tree, barren, gnarled, and lifeless, representing a life lived in the flesh. Now picture a vibrant tree, lush and fruitful, a symbol of a Spirit-led life. This is the difference between living by our selfish desires and living according to the Spirit.

Mutual Responsibility (Galatians 5:13-15, 26):
And as we walk this Spirit-filled path, we are called to bear each other’s burdens, to not become conceited or provoke one another. It’s about looking out for each other, helping each other along the way—just as Christ did for us. This mutual care builds a community where everyone thrives.

Part II: Additional Biblical Guidance

Do Not Cause Another to Stumble (Romans 14:13):
Our freedom and walk in the Spirit come with a responsibility—not to be a stumbling block to our brothers and sisters. Whether in word or deed, we must consider how our actions might affect those around us, particularly our impressionable youth.

Support and Mindfulness:
Rather than causing stumbling, we ought to be setting stones for steady footing, helping clear the path for others, and guiding them gently towards righteousness. This proactive support reflects the heart of Christ, who came not to condemn but to save and to serve.

Part III: Practical Applications

Role Modeling for Youth:
So, how do we model this life to our youth? By integrating these teachings into our daily lives—showing kindness, exercising patience, living out integrity. Let them see what it means to live by the Spirit through our actions, not just our words.

Community Engagement:
Get involved with youth programs, mentor a young believer, participate in community outreach. These interactions are chances to embody the Christ-like virtues we preach and to actively influence the younger generation in a positive, spiritual direction.


Call to Action:
Let us, therefore, embrace our role as beacons of Christ’s light. In a world filled with shadows, let your light shine brightly, guiding our youth to the truth and the life that is found in Jesus.

Closing Prayer:
Father, help us to live out the freedom You have bestowed upon us, to walk by Your Spirit, and to influence those around us positively, especially our youth. May our lives glorify You. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.

Certainly! Let's organize all the content we've discussed into a comprehensive outline. This outline will summarize the main themes and elements covered, especially focusing on the themes from Galatians 5 and the additional concepts related to not causing another to stumble.



  • Purpose: To explore the principles of living as a mature Christian, with a focus on being role models for the youth based on scriptural teachings.
  • Key Scripture: Galatians 5, emphasizing freedom in Christ and living by the Spirit.

I. Living as Mature Christians

  • Freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:1)
  • Christians are called to stand firm in the freedom that Christ has given, avoiding the bondage of legalism.
  • Living by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16)
  • Encouragement to walk by the Spirit, avoiding the deeds of the flesh.
  • Works of the Flesh vs. Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:19-23)
  • Contrast between the outcomes of living according to the flesh and the Spirit.
  • Mutual Responsibility (Galatians 5:13-15, 26)
  • The call for believers to serve one another through love and bear each other’s burdens.

II. Additional Biblical Guidance

  • Do Not Cause Another to Stumble (Romans 14:13)
  • Importance of being considerate of others' weaknesses and not being a stumbling block.
  • Support and Mindfulness (Positive aspect of Romans 14:13)
  • Actively removing obstacles from others' paths, promoting a supportive and safe spiritual journey.

III. Practical Applications

  • Role Modeling for Youth
  • How mature Christians can be examples for younger generations in everyday life.
  • Community Engagement
  • Specific actions that can be taken within the church community to support and mentor youth.

IV. Visual Illustrations

  • Detailed illustrations for each theme to enhance understanding and engagement:
  • Freedom in Christ: Image of a believer with broken chains.
  • Living by the Spirit: Image of a believer guided by a dove (the Holy Spirit).
  • Works of the Flesh vs. Fruit of the Spirit: Contrasting images of barren and fruitful trees.
  • Mutual Responsibility: Image of believers helping each other.
  • Causing/Not Causing Another to Stumble: Images showing a stumbling block and its removal.


The sermon and discussion content have been structured to provide a thorough understanding of what it means to live as a mature Christian, based on Galatians 5 and additional scriptures like Romans 14:13. The focus is on freedom in Christ, living by the Spirit, and the implications of these in everyday life, especially in being role models to the youth. The inclusion of practical advice and visual illustrations helps to solidify these concepts, making them relatable and actionable for the congregation. This approach not only educates but also empowers the church members to foster a supportive and nurturing environment for all, particularly the younger members.

In the Christian context, the concept of “freedom” for mature versus new believers isn't about having more or less freedom in a quantitative sense, but rather about how that freedom is understood and exercised. Both mature and new believers possess the same fundamental freedoms in Christ, but their understanding and application of this freedom can differ significantly due to their spiritual maturity. Here are key aspects to consider:

Understanding of Freedom

  1. Mature Believers: Mature believers typically have a deeper understanding of biblical teachings and principles. They are more likely to comprehend the nature of Christian freedom, which is freedom from sin and the law, not merely freedom to do whatever they desire. This deeper understanding helps them exercise their freedom responsibly, being sensitive to how their actions affect others and their witness to the world.
  2. New Believers: New believers might still be learning the basic doctrines of the faith, including their new-found freedom in Christ. They might initially see this freedom as a liberation from previous lifestyle restrictions without fully understanding the responsibilities that come with it. This can lead to either a legalistic approach (where they impose unnecessary restrictions on themselves and others) or a licentious approach (where they misuse their freedom).

Exercise of Freedom

  1. Mature Believers: They are more likely to use their freedom to serve others and build up the community. Paul’s admonition in Galatians 5:13, “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love,” is a directive that mature believers are more apt to live out. They exercise their freedom with an awareness of the weaker believers and avoid actions that could be stumbling blocks.
  2. New Believers: They might struggle with how to balance their freedom with their new life in Christ. They may need guidance on what behaviors are beneficial and how to avoid those that could harm their spiritual growth or others'.

Impact on Others

  1. Mature Believers: Recognizing that their actions influence others, mature believers are more cautious about how they exercise their freedom, especially in controversial matters (like those discussed regarding meat sacrificed to idols). They are willing to limit their freedom for the sake of the gospel and the spiritual well-being of others.
  2. New Believers: They might not yet recognize the full impact of their actions on others’ faith and spiritual growth. Guidance from more mature believers can be crucial in helping them understand the communal aspect of faith.


Both mature and new believers have the same freedom in Christ, but mature believers are generally more equipped to use this freedom wisely. They understand that Christian freedom is primarily about serving God and others, not indulging personal desires. This responsible exercise of freedom is a hallmark of spiritual maturity, aiming to edify the church and honor God, rather than simply enjoying personal liberties.

Stumbling Block (Meat Sacrificed to Idols?)

The concept that Christian freedom allows believers to eat meat sacrificed to idols, while seemingly permissible, also calls for sensitivity and discretion, especially in the context of the impact on other believers. This issue is extensively addressed by Paul in 1 Corinthians 8 and again in Romans 14, where the emphasis is on the community's well-being over individual liberty.

Key Points in 1 Corinthians 8:

  1. Knowledge vs. Love: Paul begins by acknowledging that while “we know that ‘all of us possess knowledge,'” this knowledge should not become a cause for arrogance. Instead, it should be tempered with love, because “knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.”
  2. Conscience of the Weaker Brother: Paul explains that not all believers possess the same knowledge. Some, whose conscience is still weak, are distressed at the idea of eating meat that has been offered to idols. They may still associate the meat with idolatrous practices.
  3. Stumbling Block: Even though mature Christians understand that “an idol has no real existence” and that “there is no God but one,” if eating this meat causes a weaker believer to stumble or sin against their conscience, the more mature believer should abstain. The principle here is to avoid causing spiritual harm to a brother or sister through one's own exercise of freedom.

Theological Rationale:

  • Idols and Reality: Paul's teaching is based on the theological truth that idols are not real gods. Therefore, the meat itself is untainted since the idol is nothing. However, the perception and conscience of each believer regarding this fact can vary greatly.
  • Christian Liberty and Responsibility: Christian freedom includes the responsibility to not cause others to fall into sin. This freedom is not an endorsement to do whatever one pleases if it harms another's spiritual walk. Thus, the exercise of this freedom must always be guided by love and consideration for the welfare of others in the community.


The discussion about meat sacrificed to idols illustrates a broader principle applicable to various issues within Christian communities: while certain practices might be permissible, they are not always beneficial or constructive, especially when they can lead to spiritual difficulties for others. This teaching encourages a community-oriented mindset, prioritizing unity and the spiritual health of the church over individual rights or freedoms.

Dietary Laws, and Restrictions

The underlying concept of Romans 14:21, which discusses abstaining from eating meat or drinking wine if it causes a brother to stumble, revolves around the principle of Christian liberty and its responsible use within the community of believers. This passage is part of a larger discussion in Romans 14 about the differing opinions among believers regarding what is permissible to eat and drink, and how to observe religious days.

In the early Christian community, there were divisions between Jewish Christians, who often adhered to traditional Jewish dietary laws and holy days, and Gentile Christians, who did not have these same practices. These differences could lead to disputes and judgments among believers.

Here's the context of Romans 14:21:

  1. Christian Liberty: Paul teaches that in Christ, believers have freedom regarding dietary choices and the observance of certain days. Christians are free to eat all types of food and to decide whether to observe certain religious days as special.
  2. The Weaker Brother: Paul introduces the concept of the “weaker brother” — a believer whose faith may be immature or not fully assured in certain aspects of Christian liberty. For such a person, seeing another Christian consuming what they consider prohibited could lead them into spiritual distress or even sin, by violating their own conscience.
  3. Love and Sacrifice: The core of Paul's message is love and consideration for the welfare of others. If exercising a particular freedom (like eating meat or drinking wine) causes another believer to stumble in their faith, then love dictates that the stronger believer should voluntarily abstain from that action when in the presence of the weaker believer.

Paul's teaching here emphasizes that the spiritual wellbeing of the community should take precedence over personal freedoms. This approach promotes peace and unity within the church, encouraging believers to act out of love and consideration for the spiritual state of their brothers and sisters in Christ.

Scripture list

Certainly! Here are all the scripture references included in the narrative of the sermon:

  1. Galatians 5:1 – “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
  2. Galatians 5:16 – “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”
  3. Galatians 5:19-23 – Lists the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit. “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”
  4. Galatians 5:13-15, 26 – “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' If, however, you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”
  5. Romans 14:13 – “Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.”

These references are foundational, serving to underscore the central messages about Christian living, responsibility, and community.

Interactive Quiz Worksheet: Living as a Mature Christian

Directions: Fill in the blanks using the clues provided to complete the statements based on today’s sermon.

  1. “Imitate me, as I also imitate __.” (1 Corinthians 11:1)
  2. One of the fruits of the Spirit is _, which reflects deep joy in spiritual well-being. (Galatians 5:22)
  3. In Philippians 2:3-4, Paul teaches us to do nothing out of selfish _ or vain conceit.
  4. Daniel remained committed to his daily _ despite the risk of the lions' den. (Daniel 6:10)
  5. “Keep this Book of the Law always on your _; meditate on it day and night.” (Joshua 1:8)
  6. True or False: The Bible suggests that only elders need to be examples to the flock. (1 Peter 5:1-3)
  7. To maintain unity, we must be humble and _, bearing with one another in love. (Ephesians 4:2-3)
  8. Millennials seek authentic _ worship and teaching that dives deep into Scripture.
  9. “If any of you lacks _, you should ask God, who gives generously to all.” (James 1:5)
  10. In the New Testament, Paul mentored young leaders like _ and Titus. (1 Timothy 4:12)
  11. Conflict resolution in Matthew 18 advises us to approach disagreements with a goal of _.
  12. A mature Christian exhibits not just knowledge, but also __, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

Answer Key:

  1. Christ
  2. Joy
  3. Ambition
  4. Prayers
  5. Lips
  6. False
  7. Gentle
  8. Theologically sound
  9. Wisdom
  10. Timothy
  11. Reconciliation
  12. Love

Essay: Living as a Mature Christian: Giving Our Youth Someone to Follow

Introduction (5 minutes)
Welcome, beloved in Christ. As we gather this evening in our sacred space at Wrightsboro Baptist Church, let us open our hearts to the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. Tonight, we delve into a crucial aspect of our faith journey—living as mature Christians who serve as role models for our youth. The Apostle Paul boldly declares in 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Imitate me, as I also imitate Christ.” This call to discipleship is not just for the leaders but for each one of us, influencing the next generation by our actions and our commitment to Christ.

Understanding Christian Maturity (10 minutes)
What exactly do we mean by Christian maturity? It is not merely a function of age or years in the faith but is profoundly marked by the fruits of the Spirit as outlined in Galatians 5:22-23. These fruits—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—are the hallmarks of a life deeply rooted in Christ.

In our interactions within the faith community, our maturity plays a transformative role. Philippians 2:3-4 urges us, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” This mindset fosters a nurturing environment that encourages spiritual growth among all, especially our younger members.

Scriptural Examples of Godly Role Models (10 minutes)
The Bible is rich with examples of those who have walked before us in faith. Consider Daniel, who remained committed to his daily prayers despite knowing it could cast him into the lions' den. His unwavering faith in Daniel 6:10 provides a powerful testament to integrity and trust in God's protection.

In the New Testament, Paul serves as a quintessential role model. He invites us in Philippians 3:17 to “Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.” His life was an epitome of the gospel in action, mentoring young leaders like Timothy and Titus, guiding them to be examples in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity (1 Timothy 4:12).

Practical Ways to Model Christian Maturity (15 minutes)
How then do we model this maturity? It begins with our personal development through regular prayer and engagement with Scripture. Joshua 1:8 advises, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.”

Community engagement is equally vital. Participate actively in church life—be it in leadership, mentorship, or simple fellowship. Sharing our personal journeys of faith during testimonies can profoundly impact our listeners, as 1 Peter 5:1-3 points out the importance of elders being examples to the flock.

Yet, in our diverse community, unity is paramount. We must strive to embody Ephesians 4:2-3, embracing humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another in love to maintain the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

For our millennials, who seek authenticity and depth, we must offer theologically sound teaching and worship that connects deeply, devoid of the superficial ‘smoke and mirrors' of the world. This authenticity in our worship and our teachings resonates with their search for genuine faith expressions.

Challenges and Encouragements (10 minutes)
Of course, embodying these ideals is not without its challenges. The world pulls us in many directions, and our own imperfections can lead to discouragement. Yet, we are not alone. James 1:5 promises, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

Conclusion (5 minutes)
As we conclude tonight, let us remember that our calling is to be imitators of Christ—living epistles read by all who observe us. This week, let us each reflect on one way we can enhance our walk with Christ, thus providing a stronger example for those who follow. Let us pray for the strength and wisdom to embody these truths, to be beacons of light and hope to our youth and to each other.

Addressing the preferences and spiritual needs of the millennial generation is crucial for engaging them effectively.

Additional Content on Engaging the Millennial Generation

III. Practical Ways to Model Christian Maturity (Further Enhanced)

  • Authenticity in Teaching and Worship:
  • Theological Depth: “Millennials, often portrayed as seeking only superficial engagement, actually crave depth and authenticity in their spiritual experiences. They value theologically sound teaching that digs deep into the Scripture, rather than surface-level interpretations. As Titus 2:1 advises, ‘But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine.' This means our teachings need to be deeply rooted in Scripture, presented in a way that is both accessible and engaging, addressing the complexities of modern life.”
  • Genuine Worship: “Authentic worship is another cornerstone of engaging not just millennials but all believers. It's about more than the aesthetics or production values—it's about fostering a genuine connection with God. John 4:24 reminds us, ‘God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.' This emphasizes the need for worship services that prioritize genuine expression and spiritual truth over spectacle. For millennials, this genuine approach resonates more deeply than the ‘smoke and mirrors' often found in worldly entertainment.”
  • Creating Space for Questions and Doubts:
  • “Millennials often approach faith with questions and sometimes doubts, which can be a healthy part of spiritual growth if addressed openly. Creating a church environment where it's safe to ask tough questions and explore doubts without judgment is crucial. This approach not only strengthens individual faith but also builds a more resilient and informed community.”

IV. Challenges and Encouragements

  • Addressing the Challenges of Authentic Engagement:
  • “One challenge in engaging millennials is overcoming the stereotype that younger generations are only interested in digital and quick-fix solutions to complex problems. Encouraging deep, thoughtful engagement with the faith can sometimes be at odds with the fast-paced digital world they are accustomed to.”
  • “However, the encouragement here lies in the rich, thoughtful responses millennials can offer when they feel truly engaged and respected. Their perspective can invigorate our church with new ideas and passionate activism rooted in deep faith.”


  • Call to Authenticity:
  • “We have a responsibility to provide an authentic, theologically sound foundation for all members of our congregation, including millennials seeking truth amidst the noise of the world. Let us commit to being role models not just in deeds but in fostering deep, meaningful worship and engagement with Scripture.”
  • “Challenge yourself this week to find ways to deepen your own understanding of your faith and to share this journey with someone from a different generation, perhaps a millennial, who might be seeking the same depth.”

Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Greeting and Opening Prayer:
  • Start with a warm welcome and an opening prayer, inviting the Holy Spirit to guide the discussion and open the hearts of the congregation.
  • Topic Introduction:
  • “Today, we delve into what it means to live as mature Christians, especially in the eyes of our younger generation. As Paul famously encouraged in 1 Corinthians 11:1, ‘Imitate me, as I also imitate Christ.' Let's explore how we can be such role models that our youth will desire to follow.”

I. Understanding Christian Maturity (10 minutes)

  • Definition of Christian Maturity:
  • “Christian maturity is not about age or how long you have been a Christian; it’s about how closely your life reflects Christ. Galatians 5:22-23 describes the fruits of the Spirit which include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are signs of maturity in a believer.”
  • The Importance of Maturity in the Faith Community:
  • “Our conduct influences others. Philippians 2:3-4 teaches us to ‘do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.' Our maturity provides a safe and nurturing environment for all, particularly the young among us.”

II. Scriptural Examples of Godly Role Models (10 minutes)

  • Old Testament Examples:
  • “Consider Daniel, who, even in the face of potential death, maintained his practice of praying to God three times a day. This act of unwavering faith in Daniel 6:10 serves as a powerful example of integrity and trust in God's protection.”
  • “Deborah, a prophetess and leader, offered guidance and courage under God’s command, leading her people into a victorious battle as recounted in Judges 4-5.”
  • New Testament Examples:
  • “Paul's own life, as he states in Philippians 3:17, ‘Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.' His life was an open book, worthy of emulation.”
  • “Timothy and Titus, young leaders nurtured under Paul’s mentorship, are sterling examples of youth molded by mature Christian influence, as encouraged in 1 Timothy 4:12 and Titus 2:7.”

III. Practical Ways to Model Christian Maturity (10 minutes)

  • Personal Development:
  • “The cornerstone of personal development in faith is regular engagement with God’s Word and prayer. Joshua 1:8 advises, ‘Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it.' This practice grounds us in our faith.”
  • “Spiritual disciplines—fasting, prayer, studying the Bible—are crucial for growth. They strengthen our spiritual foundation, preparing us to be the role models our youth need.”
  • Community Engagement:
  • “Take active roles in church ministries, be it in leadership positions or volunteer capacities. Engage with our youth through these roles and mentorship programs.”
  • “Sharing personal faith journeys during testimonies can profoundly impact our younger generation. 1 Peter 5:1-3 emphasizes elders being examples to the flock, not lording over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”

IV. Challenges and Encouragements (5 minutes)

  • Discuss Common Challenges:
  • “We all face distractions and pressures from secular life. The challenge is to live authentically committed to Christ amidst these pressures.”
  • “Personal shortcomings can discourage us, yet the consistent effort to live out our faith authentically is what truly matters.”
  • Encouragements and Motivations:
  • “Remember, God does not leave us without support. James 1:5 promises, ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.' God’s wisdom is available to guide us in being effective role models.”
  • “The long-term impact of a godly role model is immense—not only within the church but extending into the community and future generations.”

Conclusion (5 minutes)

  • Recap of Key Points:
  • “Today, we've explored what it means to live as mature Christians, setting an example for our youth.”
  • Challenge to the Congregation:
  • “This week, identify one area in your spiritual life where you can grow or an action you can take to better mentor and guide our younger members.”
  • Closing Prayer:
  • Close with a prayer asking for courage, wisdom, and strength to apply the lessons learned and to be steadfast role models for the youth.

Additional Narrative Content on Promoting Unity

III. Practical Ways to Model Christian Maturity

  • Promoting Unity in the Church:
  • Understanding and Respecting Differences: “As a diverse body of believers, it's natural to encounter differences in opinions and practices. Ephesians 4:2-3 teaches us to ‘be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.' This means actively seeking to understand and respect where others are coming from, which fosters a spirit of unity rather than division.”
  • Effective Communication: “James 1:19 reminds us, ‘Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.' In our interactions, whether with peers or with our youth, practicing effective communication is key. This involves listening more than we speak and choosing our words carefully to build up rather than tear down.”
  • Conflict Resolution: “Matthew 18:15-17 outlines steps for addressing conflicts within the church. Approaching conflicts with a goal of reconciliation and healing is crucial. It’s important that our youth see us handle disagreements in a way that honors Christ, demonstrating that it’s possible to resolve issues without creating divisions.”

IV. Challenges and Encouragements

  • Navigating the Challenges of Unity:
  • “One of the major challenges in maintaining unity is the variety of backgrounds, generations, and perspectives within our church. While diversity is a strength, it can also lead to misunderstandings or conflicts if not handled with care and love.”
  • “Encourage openness to learning from one another, recognizing that each person, regardless of age or background, has something valuable to contribute to our community.”


  • Unity as a Core Value:
  • “As we close, let's remember that unity is not about uniformity—where everyone looks, thinks, or acts the same—but about living in harmony despite our differences. This harmony should be evident not just in our words but in our actions and decisions.”
  • “This week, challenge yourself to contribute to the unity of our community. Whether it's by reaching out to someone from a different age group, mediating a small conflict, or simply spending time listening to someone else’s perspective, each small action you take can have a profound impact on the spiritual health and unity of our church.”
  • Final Encouragement and Prayer:
  • “Let's ask God to help us to be agents of unity in our church, reflecting the unity of the body of Christ to our youth and to the world. May we strive to live out the truth of Psalm 133:1, where it is said, ‘How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!'”

A Christian who is fervently devoted to God often exhibits a number of attractive traits that stem from a deep relationship with God and a vibrant spiritual life. Here are some key characteristics:

  1. Passion for God: They display a sincere and intense passion for knowing God, seeking His presence, and desiring His will above all else.
  2. Joyfulness: Their faith brings them a profound joy that radiates to those around them, regardless of their circumstances.
  3. Love for Others: Inspired by Jesus’ commandment to love one another, they show genuine love and compassion towards others, often going out of their way to help.
  4. Humility: They recognize that everything they have is from God and are quick to give God the credit for their successes.
  5. Integrity: Living truthfully in all areas of life, they aim to have their actions reflect their beliefs consistently.
  6. Service-Oriented: Driven by a heart for service, they actively look for opportunities to serve within their community and beyond.
  7. Commitment to Prayer: They prioritize communication with God, acknowledging their dependence on Him through regular prayer.
  8. Biblical Wisdom: They regularly study the Bible and apply its teachings to their life, providing them with guidance and wisdom.
  9. Spiritual Growth: They are committed to personal growth and maturity in their faith, understanding that being a disciple of Christ is an ongoing journey.
  10. Evangelistic Zeal: Motivated by love for God and others, they are eager to share the gospel and their personal experiences of faith with others.

These traits make their faith infectious, often inspiring others to explore and deepen their own faith.