Inspiring Youth to Be Fruitful

Parents and Teachers: Here are some great quotes to read and discuss with the young adults in your life:

Be careful young people that you don’t postpone the burden and blessing of fruitfulness in your life because you use the excuse, “I am only a youth.” God said to Jeremiah, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go.” There are some younger than you that you can lead, and there are some older than you that you can serve. But do not say, “I am only a youth,” as though the only thing you are good for is watching videos and playing games, as though there in no ministry for you to do.  (John Piper, sermon titled “Let No One Despise You for Your Youth,”)

The teen years are not a vacation from responsibility. They are the training ground of future leaders who dare to be responsible now. (Alex and Brett Harris, Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations, copyright 2008, page 13.)

What is the one passion of your life that makes everything else look like rubbish in comparison? Oh, that God would help me waken in you a single passion for a single great reality that would unleash you, and set you free from small dreams, and send you, for the glory of Christ, into all the spheres of secular life and to all the peoples of the earth. (John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life. 2007.)

Youth Pastors and all those who are involved in ministry to youth: Be inspired by this message by Pastor Kempton Turner. He will challenge your view of what God calls young people to do and accomplish through His great power!

Read the notes (PDF): Great Expectations: Embracing a Massive, Christ-Exalting Vision for the Young People that You Serve

Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Children Desiring God.

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