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Generation of YOUth for Christ

Ted N.C. Wilson
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Ted N.C. Wilson

President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

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  • January 1, 2011
    11:00 AM
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him him for this message was present and she Y C two thousand ten no turning back to Baltimore Maryland for other resources like this visit us online GUI see when I are in a lysate and happy Sabbath and happy new year and I want out thank God for the time that young people spent last night as Justin just said praying for God 's church praying for revival and Reformation and praying for me but me tell you it is personally very touching we need to pray for each other we need to pray for God 's work and as we will discover in just a few moments as we begin to look at God 's work we need to pray the power of the Holy Spirit to bring us the latter rain so the work can be finished in Jesus can come what a privilege it is to be with you I see what affect us in Ford's very gracious introduction it is a privilege to be here and as the choir was leaving and what a magnificent choir we have I appreciated their messages to us in the special music as well as the offering appeal as I watched them come off the risers to have three of them spoke to me one of them said God bless you over Wilson on tell you that really means something to me let's hold each other up in prayer I want to thank the GUI see leadership for are you inviting me to do I see what a blessing it is to worship in such a large group of committed Seventh-day Adventist young people hearing literally thousands of voices of young people singing praises to God and seeing so many youthful faces that are radio with a spirit of Christian unity is incredibly encouraging to me however as grateful as we should be for the continued numeric growth of GUI seeing you just heard some of those figures just a few moments ago we must be always mindful that it's true and success it's a real success is not measured by numbers the true measure of CYC success is nothing other than the unwavering devotion to Jesus Christ and by extension its faltering commitment to the mission and the message of the Seventh-day Adventist church I'm so glad to her desk and say faithfulness God will reward that it's a privilege to strongly endorse DY C as a champions faith in the Bible these the councils of the spirit of prophecy promotes service to others and engages in evangelistic outreach I wholeheartedly support any youth initiative denominational he organized or otherwise that strives to maintain such a wonderful ideals and what a privilege for the Columbia Union the Allegheny East conference and the Chesapeake conference to have the G Y C annual convention meeting here in their character sorry the great city of Baltimore and go out into this enormous city by the thousands this afternoon to witness for Christ and his precious advent my wife Nancy and I as Justin said are going with you this afternoon we went out witnessing last year in Louisville in the freezing cold weather and thank the Lord it's a little bit warmer this year and I know thousands of church members in these conferences in this union in this division and around the world already praising God for your willingness to go door to door in Jesus and laying inviting people to study the Bible with church members of the local churches in Baltimore who are working with you on this very special evangelistic outreach project actually I am very glad to see in the midst of our audience today a number of leaders some of my colleagues from the General conference will been with you and helping in seminars and I praise God for them I thank them for what they did earlier this morning at the beginning of Sabbath school also very grateful for other youth leaders who are here with us and especially talking about our division the North American division I am very glad that our North American division president Elder Dan Jackson and his wife Donna are with us this morning sitting on the front row and the treasurer of the North American division is with them Tom Evans notes always good to have the treasure support you as well praise God for their presence making why C serve as an example both to other supporting organizations and the denominational he organized church structures in showing cooperative involvement in the mission of the church an example of the Seventh-day Adventists of all ages as we reflect on cooperative mission involvement we can ask the rhetorical question posed or found in a message up to three verse three can two walk together unless they are agreed LME tell you the special relationship of the Seventh-day Adventist shares with supporting ministries like DY seat is possible only by the commitment of each to Christ and the prophetic work with which he has entrusted us in these last days there has never been a more important time to walk together and to work together as God 's remnant people than in these last closing days of Earth 's history we must take seriously the instruction in Hebrews chapter ten versus twenty four and twenty five to consider one another in order to stir up love and good works not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as is the manner of some but exhorting one another and so much the more as you see the day approaching on to tell you the day is approaching Jesus is coming just a few months ago at the fifty ninth General conference session in Atlanta I shared with the world church my firm conviction that the Lord has established the Seventh-day Adventist church in these last days to go forward in faith and by the power of the Holy Spirit finish the work of proclaiming the three Angels messages to the entire world now I believe it is providential that I'm speaking to you under GYN sees corresponding theme of no oh turning back there is no doubt in my mind that the Lord 's bidding us as a people they represent people to go forward with no turning back in your walk with Christ turning even the slightest bit from absolute faithfulness to God and his word can have disastrous consequences when even turned just slightly from God 's word she left yourself open to the serpent 's deceptions when lots wife turned her head just one time for a forbidden glance at her former home she lost her life the children of Israel wanted to run away from the promised land and turned back to Egypt their bodies were left lying in the desert and installed about the Council of Paul who wrote in our Scripture reading as it was read to us Philippians three thirteen and fourteen brethren I do not count myself to have apprehended one thing I do forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus no turning back this was the walk of faith experience by able meaning no one at Abraham and Sarah in fact Hebrews chapter eleven thirteen B players these all died in faith not having received the promises but having seen them afar off were assured of them embraced them and confess that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth and of his carefully that though they may have died never seeing the full film God 's promises they nonetheless live with their eyes of faith fastened to the promises of God 's word it goes on to tell us how they were able to maintain this level of commitment in verse fifteen and truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come they would have had opportunity to return these great men and women were heroes of faith because they never allow the place from which they came out to occupy their minds once they left they left with no turning the single-minded commitment to God and a straightforward understanding of his Word was the Lord 's intent for his chosen people Israel Deuteronomy chapter five verses thirty two to thirty three tell us therefore you shall be careful to do as Lord your God has commanded you you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left you shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God has commanded you that you may live and that it may be well with you and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess as long as they were unwavering in their devotion to the Lord and his Word success is guaranteed yet instead repeatedly the Lords people exchanged moving ahead in faith with turning back in fear in numbers chapter fourteen verses three and four we hear them explain why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword that our wives and children should become victims would not be better for us to return to Egypt and running against Egypt I think so well you know I grew up in Egypt and it's a wonderful country but unfortunately they had been slaves there and had a very difficult experience but they wanted to return there so they said to one another let us select a leader and return to Egypt many years later in second Timothy chapter four verses three to four in apostle Paul instructed his young protégé Timothy to preach the word for the time will come when they will not move your sound doctrine but according to their own desires because they have itching ears they will heap up for themselves teachers and they will turn their years away from the truth and be turned aside to fables now it's important to note that in both ancient Israel and the Christian church God 's people had no problem submitting to leadership just as long as the leaders of pictures related to their desire to be led away from the Lords Commandments and the turn that to the world from which the Lord had delivered them but this cannot be for God 's people now we must never deviate from the direction the Lord leads us according to his word the closer we come to the second coming it becomes more evident like Jesus declared Satan the ruler of this world as the stream of modern culture rushes headlong toward destruction standing firm on the solid rock of Scripture will make it appear as though you are removing yourself from society yet seeking the approval of God must always be the single objective of our lives with no turning back in our entertainment there must be no turning back ever-increasing technological advances are becoming commonplace in our society for example how many of you have sent or received a text message in the last twenty four hours I would be so bold as to say that a number of you at even texted while I have been preaching here my point is that through modern technology we have limited access to literally an entire world of communication and media that for all its evangelistic potential is often more detrimental than beneficial to our Christian walk but we live in the Internet age and are almost continually subjected to the most powerful temptations through television movies music literature we must always guard the avenues of the soul even in the twenty first century Philippians four verse eight is God 's formula for right-thinking charging us to think only on those things that are true and noble just pure lovely of good report and virtuous young people let these biblical principles and the councils of inspiration and the spirit of prophecy guide you in your entertainment choices in our personal relationships there must be no turning back while we should always be outgoing and friendly to everyone I hope this afternoon people are known throughout Baltimore the Seventh-day Adventist churches known as the friendliest churches you go door-to-door however we must be discerning and judicious about those in whom we place our personal confidence our closest relationships in our most trusted relationships and companionship should be built on the solid foundation of uncommon faith in God and the truth of his Word after the instruction of second Corinthians chapter six verse fourteen do not be unequally guilt together with unbelievers the passage continues with the salient rhetorical questions for what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness and what communion hath light with darkness and people choose godly associates who will encourage your walk with Christ if you have any relationships platonic romantic that are displeasing to the Lord I implore you to muster the holy boldness to separate yourself for their salvation in our behavior there must be no turning back today much encouragement is given to behaviors that society deems acceptable and I say acceptable in quotation marks even laudable but these are things that the Lord abhors promiscuity homosexuality violence vote Garrett overindulgence greedy pride and all of these are seen as normal in current society while a godly lifestyle marked by purity and temperance is ridiculed and mocked but young people do not let that discourage you for those who would face the struggles of a godly life in an evil world the words of Jesus are recorded in John chapter fifteen verses eighteen and nine him if the world hates you you know that it hated me before it hated you if you are of the world the world would love its own yet because you are not of the world but I chose you out of the world therefore the world hates you what a blessing to know that the Lord never asks you to walk the path is not fraud for one encouragement is ours when he read beautiful passages like in Hebrews chapter four verses fifteen and sixteen that we do not have a high Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but was in all points tempted as we are yet without sin let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time brothers and sisters the same Jesus who is been where you are and face what you face is promised to give you the strength you need to walk with him the forest in our diligence at work and at school there must be no turning back the Bible repeatedly declares that our God is a God of excellence as these representatives who were originally made in and are being restored to his image we should strive for the excellence in all our undertakings as a witness for the glory of God complacency apathy and mediocrity at whole or in the school should never be seen in the life of the Christian I'm reminded of the prophet Daniel whose excellence in all things won the favor of the king in the of his fears in Daniel chapter six verse four we read in the following so the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom but they could find no charger fault because he was faithful nor was there any error or fault found the in him I like the way the words are indicated in the new American Standard Bible that no negligence or corruption was to be found in him not only was Daniel 's life free from corruption it was also free of negligence this combination of integrity and diligence was a witness to the glory of God and I pray that Daniel 's legacy of excellence is seen in the lives of each young person in the Seventh-day Adventist church as we finish the work of God and hasten the coming of Christ in our pursuit of science there must be no turning back in recent years great concern has developed about the relationship of science to the Scriptures the Lord desires us to consider all aspects of his creation from biology and geology to psychology and sociology however we must always keep in mind that for every truth God has established Satan conjures a counterfeit in an effort to turn minds away from understanding the will the works of God nothing could improve on what has already been written by heavenly inspiration in the little book called the faith I live by witches and utterly pertinent information for us today and I quote to many scientific research has become a curse God has permitted a flood of like to be poured upon the world and discoveries of science and art but even the greatest minds if not guided by the word of God in their research become you will learn in their attempts to investigate the relations of science and revelation God is the foundation of everything all true science is in harmony with his works in the repeat that all true science is in harmony with his works all true education leads to obedience to his government science opens new wonders to our view she soars high floors new depth but she brings nothing from her research that conflicts with divine revelation believe that young people I urge all those who are engaged in scientific pursuits either as students educators researchers or practitioners to heed this counsel as you seek to explore the wonders of God 's creation and the way we dress there must be no turning back Jesus was highly respected and deeply love while having what Isaiah chapter fifty three verse two says there was no beauty that we should desire him in all matters of life crisis to be our ultimate example of Christian appearance of course you know were aware that there are those who go to extremes on either end of this issue some conform entirely to the world while others seem to go out of their way to be so unnecessary early Junior has to be purposefully unattractive neither one of these extremes is writes listen carefully to the inspired balance on this issue found in selected messages book three page two forty five we do not discourage taste and neatness in press correct taste in dress is not to be despised or condemn out goes on to say in the same page self-denial ingress is part of our Christian duty to dress plainly abstaining from display of jewelry and ornaments of every kind is in keeping with our faith young people please use these principles from Scripture in the Council from the spirit of prophecy and the example of Jesus as you choose what to wear that will best witness for the creator God you serve in our stewardship there must be no turning back I hope that all that you've been taught somewhere along the line at home or in church how to manage your God-given resources correct be good stewards of your month faithfully returned the Lord 's time and give of your free will offerings be good stewards of your body consistently care for yourself according to God 's practical and healthy a natural remedies healthy vegetarian diet consistent exercise drinking enough water adequate sunlight abstaining from alcohol tobacco and illicit drugs enjoying fresh air getting appropriate rest and trust in divine power we tell you as someone who is busy traveling around the world and doing all kinds of things that seem good I need a essential to that myself all of us to be good stewards of God 's beautiful creation be good stewards of your time make sure that you set aside special time each day for prayer for study again I commend the young people for what they did last night and what they have been doing for the prayer time if you have been engaged in furthermore keep in mind that while you've been given six days later and do all your work the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God too often we see Seventh-day Adventists I'm not condemning people into saying this is reality we see them remembering that the Sabbath exists but forgetting to keep it holy I have to admit sometimes a part of that how do we guard the entrance of the South the Sabbath is the seal of God 's authority the memorial of God 's recent creative power capping six literal consecutive configure contiguous days of creating this earth with the marvelous seventh day Sabbath the beautiful crowning act it demonstrates his redemptive power a weekly invitation to draw near to him and it is and will be beaten in times sign of God 's faithful people resist the temptation to abuse the Sabbath is merely free time to do whatever you like keep it holy through God 's power by ceasing your normal activities by making necessary preparations before hand worshiping the Lord and fellow shipping with believers in church ministering to the spiritual needs of others any join God 's marvelous handiwork in nature by these simple stewardship this you will continually find in the mercies of the Lord enough time enough money and enough strength not only for your daily needs but for use in the cause of the Lord in our spiritual revivals there must be no turning back on March twenty two eighteen eighty seven Ellen White wrote the following words in an article for the review and Herald entitled the churches greatest need and I quote a revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs to see this should be our first work today I praise the Lord that so many Seventh-day Adventists are earnestly seeking the Lord 's blessing and praying for a genuine revival and Reformation in the lives individually and in the church collectively but we must remain alert because as we've already mentioned the devil has a counterfeit for every truth of God we have been cautioned both in the Bible and the spirit of prophecy that in the last days Satan will unleash false revivals revivals of his own kind in an effort to deceive if possible even the very elect Ellen White wrote pointedly to these very things that we actually see in our world today moving within our ranks and selected messages volume two page twenty three we read we are in continual danger of getting about the simplicity of the gospel can I underscore that to you Mike dear friends of UIC the simplicity of the gospel Adventist Seventh-day Adventists are simple people not simplistic simple people in their lifestyle and in their worship to the Lord but we are in danger of getting about the simplicity of the gospel there is an intense desire on the part of many just startled the world and I'm quoting here startled their weld with some something original that shall lift the people into a state of spiritual ecstasy and change the present order of experience there is certainly great need and I'm quoting there is certainly great need of a change in the present order of experience for the sacredness of present truth is not realized as it should be but the change we need is a change of heart and can only be obtained by seeking God individually for his blessing but by pleading with him for his power by fervently praying that his grace may come upon us and that our characters may be transformed this is the change we need today and for the attainment of this experience we should exercise person energy and manifest heartfelt earnestness what an appeal from God serve why is it that the general conference and other church organizations and hopefully your local church are lifting up the theme of revival and Reformation why we have materials and seminars on revival and Reformation what do we have websites like revival and reformation .org that offer vital information why do we even have a general conference revival in Reformation committee is it just a lot of bureaucratic propaganda and promotion no it is for one purpose and one purpose alone to focus our attention on our greatest need which is a need for Jesus his grace and his power in our lives through the word of God and the Holy Spirit so that we can be reform and remain individually and corporately become more and more like Jesus as the latest in church described in Revelation chapter three we desperately need God 's gold tried in the fire the white raiment of Christ your robe of righteousness and the eyesalve of God 's power so that we can see clearly God wants to do something very special in the stretch as we come to the very end of time we realize that he wants to revive in reform and renew his people he wants his people to proclaim the three Angels messages with latter rain power he wants his people to fully know the word of God young people you are to be a vital part of this great movement we want to go home no turning back I'm so glad that your DY C leaders I just commend them I'm just excited that they have placed on each of your seats and I hope you have your copy of this exciting book true revival the churches greatest need is a compilation of the writings of Ellen White and I highly encourage each of you to read underline and follow the counsel of this wonderful spirit of prophecy book I'm personally doing that myself and those of you who are watching on television or are gearing the sourcing it on Internet I don't have a copy of this marvelous book be sure to get a copy from the other this book center or your conference for the review and Herald publishing Association over one hundred fifty thousand copies of this important book have already been sold let's blanket the world with multiple thousands more in various languages let us also distributed by the millions other spirit of prophecy books including steps to Christ the desire of ages Christ object lessons and though one of that Ellen White wish distributed more than any other the great controversy no turning back your confidence in the spirit of prophecy there must be no turning back among some of our church members there is a tendency to downplay or even dismiss the councils of the spirit of prophecy we hear today that while the writings of Ellen White may have some you functional value we should not let her limited nineteenth century perspective shaped our twenty first century understanding of Bible truth but I believe in the Seventh-day Adventist church firmly and on as she mentally upholds that the spirit of prophecy is one of God 's greatest gifts to his anytime remnant people trust the word of God trust the word of the Lord and follow the counsel of his humble messenger Ellen White listen to me carefully let no one local church leader pastor teacher administrator magazine or literature or anyone turn you away from that complete absolute trust and confidence in the spirit of prophecy because the spirit of prophecy points to the Bible as God 's authoritative that AIA kobolds challenge in first Thessalonians chapter five verses nineteen and twenty do not quench the Spirit do not despise prophecies and selected messages book one page forty eight we read the following there will that this is this is so pertinent for today it is it is unbelievably realistic there will be a hatred singled against the testimonies of those of the testimonies to the church written through inspiration by God against the testimony which is Satanic the workings of single will be to unsettled the faith of the churches in them for this reason Satan cannot have so clear a track to bring in his deceptions and find that sold in his delusions if the warnings and reproofs and councils of the Spirit of God Arteaga my friends though some around you a fallaway for the safety of your own soul I plead with you to stay faithful let neither the subtle doubts nor the open ridicule of friends and family or anyone else turn you away from the truth of God and what he has shared with us through his chosen servant Ellen G White just read the spirit of prophecy and you will see God 's guidance in what is written such consistent faithfulness to Christ and his word is only possible through the power of the Holy Spirit the level of spiritual vitality to which we are called is not something that we can achieve by human effort we must in all that we do rely on the spirit of God to work in our hearts so that among God 's faithful remnant there will be no turning back no turning aside note turning left no turning right no turning away no returning to the world whatsoever friends God is calling you to go forward in faith until we reach what he fees in chapter four verse thirteen calls the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ while society bombards you with the idea that youth is a time for reckless self-indulgence God 's Word declares otherwise Paul's counsel for young Timothy in first Timothy four twelve is my counsel for all Seventh-day Adventist young people weather here in Baltimore or around the world let no one despise your youth but be an example to the believers in word in conduct involved in spirit and faith impurities it is my prayer that the greatest example of our faith and lifestyle show to the world will be the use of the Seventh-day Adventist church the same God that is calling you to go forward in faith with no turning back is the God who established the Seventh-day Adventist church as his remnant people with Amanda proclaim the three Angels messages to every nation tribe time and people this far-reaching and seemingly insurmountable goal cannot be obtained haphazardly but must be accomplished in an organized manner and with the full cooperation of both full-time church workers and dedicated lady members were told clearly impossible workers page three fifty two the work of God in this earth can never be finished until the men and women comprising our church membership rally to the work and unite their efforts with those of ministers and church officers this method of work is not unique to our time as we can see that same expectation of cooperative efforts in the history of both ancient Israel and the early Christian church for instance although there were clearly prescribed roles for the leaders of Israel's spiritual economy each citizen of that chosen nation was still expected to be individually faithful to the Lord in the book Exodus chapter nineteen versus five to seven reread the Lord 's instruction to the children of Israel just prior to his giving of the ten Commandments now therefore if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant then you shall be a special treasure to me above all people for all the earth is mine and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation similarly in the Christian church the same requirements for every member to work individually for the cause of the mold movement remain as instructions of the New Testament body of believers the apostle Peter echoed that which is found in the book of Exodus when he declared in first Peter two verse nine you are a chosen generation a royal priesthood a holy nation his own special people that you may proclaim the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light this Council was in address nearly to his fellow apostles or other church leaders but was given to the entire body of Christ every member included young adult every member of the church was entrusted with the sacred responsibility to proclaim the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous I'm so glad that in addition to many young people here we also have a number of older people I guess like myself but for this next part I want to speak primarily to those who are thirty five years or younger analysis take a little love little example of your response by show of hands respond to these questions how many of you long to see Jesus come again amen how many we believe that the seven p.m. this church is God 's end time movement raised up to proclaim the three Angels messages the world and hasten this incoming payment now astride a different question how many of you attended your local church business meeting far fewer hands thank you to those who did okay let's try another series of exciting questions how menu you believe that were living in the very final days of Earth 's history and by the grace of God you want to be part of the hundred forty four thousand who will stand for the right though the heavens fall amen how many of you want to be part of that army of youth who are rightly trained and willing to finish the work in this generation amen a benefit to raise your hands on the following although am of you could but I'm not asking you to raise your hands because we may get a similar response as we did to the question about the church business meeting how many of you regularly attend prayer meeting at your local church how many of you volunteer at your local community service centers how many of you rectally seek out nonbelievers to Lee Jesus through personal Bible study how many of you teach in your church 's cradle roller beginners division eighty kindergarten or primary are juniors or early teens or even the youth group you spend money to come to a very serious Bible conference G Weiss but if we were to take an accurate poll of some of these questions we may find the responses are far too low in fact what would we discovered if we surveyed the general membership of the Seventh-day Adventist church probably a serious gap between intentions and actual participation by young friends through the Holy Spirit 's power we must bridge the gap between the grand ideals we long for and the practical duties we are faced with him we are to finish the work in this generation we must come to the realization of the first step in finishing the work is actually going to work as was God 's plan for Israel and the apostolic church the lifeblood of the Seventh-day Adventist movement is the participation of each member in the mission of the local church today I am particularly appealing to the young people of this church worldwide in every setting of the church and Christian service page ten we read we should all be workers together with God no idlers are acknowledged as his servants the members of the church should individually feel that the life and prosperity of the church are affected by the error course of action was the church you are in a church I am the church young people roll up your sleeves and work for Christ breathe new life into your local Sabbath school programs by showing up on time having studied your Bible in your Sabbath school lesson and being prepared to enthusiastically discussed discuss what you learn early to say semi about Sabbath school we are seeing in some parts of the world a decline in Sabbath school attendance by God 's grace we must reverse that was Sabbath school be an important part of your spiritual life a time when you discover new truths that you go through the Bible don't just discuss any old topic discussed the Bible will encourage each of you to help older members to see young people in prayer meeting interceding for others before God 's throne of grace in the eighty five -year-old the hand and meet some of the truly needy people in your area by volunteering at your community services Center carry and distribute evangelistic literature where ever you go requested for one year your local academy or college apply the time energy and money that would have been spent on varsity sports to instead be spent on evangelistic training programming and direct outreach to the community have a voice in the direction of your church by attending church business meeting and accepting when the nominating committee calls positions of responsibility no matter how large or small those responsibilities may be in for that matter be willing to serve on the nominating committee of that I'm so glad that DY C has emphasized the total church seminars yesterday many of my colleagues were participating in that and I praise the Lord for helping you to understand the need for total involvement on the part of young people if the Seventh-day Adventist church is ever going to meet the Lord 's ideal of being his and time remnant people not just we as a denomination not just G Y C as a supporting organization not just the use or other denomination we organize events as a particular demographic but it is you as an individual who must get to work for Christ in service for others again on page ten the wonderful little book Christian service were cautioned that everywhere there is a tendency to substitute the work of organizations for individual effort to let the church do it you are the church human wisdom tends to consolidation decentralization to the building up of great churches in his fusions encoding out multitudes leave to institutions and organizations the work of benevolence the exercise themselves they excuse themselves from contact with the world in their hearts grow cold they become self absorbed and on impress impressionable love for God and man dies out of the soul Christ commits to his followers in individual work I'm still quoting a work that cannot be done by proxy there is no such thing as a Christian drone that is to do the work for God where he wants you to be you must be a part of that continuing the quote ministry to the sick and in the poor beginning of the gospel to the loss is to be left is not to be left to the two committees organized charities individual responsibility individual effort personal sacrifice is the requirement of the gospel for far too long in the Seventh-day Adventist church and perhaps even within the GUI see movement could it be that we have responded to God 's call for workers with a safe here we are sent us so the more daring here M I send me as Isaiah proclaims grand ideal of a generation of youth for Christ will finish the work in this generation will become a reality only when we see manifested in the practical duties of our local churches a generation of you for Christ's that is willing to individually go to work where ever the need exists I recently heard a term coined for people who claim to be activists for thoughts about you but many of us like to be involved in something we get to get active we get really excited about something but some of these people and this is a term who get excited but don't actually do anything they're called business now aware and active this will make a serious even painful sacrifice of their time energy reputation money relationships or anything else that the cause requires attractiveness basal activists may wear some special symbol of support without actually helping in any tangible way selected us think they're supporting a cause because they post a link or comment on it in their social network site or they wear T-shirts or something else young people let me challenge you to go beyond the typical expect Haitians of you don't leave here just excited enough about the Advent movement that you merely where your GYN see T-shirt or post a bold but fleeting comment about your faith somewhere online do better than that be better than that in your while Christ genuinely focus on the singular goal of the glory of God don't turn away from God 's word and turned back to the allurements of the world spend serious time in daily prayer and Bible study asking the Lord for a special outpouring of his Holy Spirit humbly asked the Lord for a revival of spiritual fervor and a reformation of anything in your life that is not in harmony with the commands of Scripture and the councils of the spirit of prophecy Sabbath January one two thousand eleven what an appropriate time or revival and Reformation we want to go home no turning back beyond just personal renewal determined to play an active role in a genuine revival and reformation among God 's remnant church leading to the latter reign of the Holy Spirit is our consecrated general conference revival Reformation committee has recommended take January five to fifteen for ten days of prayer as a special emphasis to prepare us for what is ahead reserve the first Sabbath of every quarter for fasting and prayer unite with millions of Seventh-day Adventist believers around the world at seven in the morning or seven in the evening or anytime for that matter to pray for the Holy Spirit and reformed lives through focusing on the word of God and the instructions of the spirit of prophecy as young people of the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist move him God 's leading of the power of the Holy Spirit fulfill Malachi chapter four verses five to six by becoming part of the Elijah message turning the hearts of the fathers to the children and the children to the fathers uniting as one under the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim the final cry to a dying world commit yourself to a personal effort individual involvement that will help your church family finish the work that God has entrusted to them as members of UIC which is a member of that wonderful organization ASI a group of strongly supporting ministries of the seventh they have this church continue to work closely with your local church I would underscore this I want you to really get this point work with your local church your local pastor your local youth organization church administrators your conference union division youth departments and their directors listen my friends never allow anyone to accuse G Y C am not working with the established church organization become so much a part of the outreach of this Advent movement that you are unfit understood to be part and parcel of your local church and conference support and nurture other church in the initiatives of your local church and conference that her Bible and spirit of prophecy based as you work together your local church and conference will see you in your spiritual commitment to growing in Christ your commitment to practical service Angela sickout region by God 's grace your love a church William Tracy the challenge I leave with you today the point of this message is of the Lord is calling for more than merely a generation of youth for Christ God wants to see a generation of you for Christ as great as it is the UIC exists and continues to hold these marvelous and wonderful annual conferences what God really wants is an army of individuals who daily commit themselves to his working in their lives and they are working in his body the Seventh-day Adventist church when we each allowed the Holy Spirit to change us into the likeness of Jesus Christ we will automatically begin doing the work that Jesus has commanded us to do in this way the character of Christ will be seen in what we do not merely in what we don't do it unlike describes the results of such a revival in Christ's object lessons page sixty nine a familiar quote many of you when the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in his people what they that's only by his grace and only through connection with him you can't work your way to heaven only through connection in reliance on price when this character will be perfectly reproduces people then he will come to claim them as his own is the privilege of every Christian not only to look for but to hasten the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ for all who profess his name bearing fruit to his glory how quickly the whole world would be sown with the seed of the gospel quickly the last great harvest would be ripen and Christ would come to gather the precious grade on the tell you I believe that I miss him from his sister young and old go forward in faith with no turning back the part of the generation that will allow the Holy Spirit to fully develop within us the character of Jesus leaned completely on him turn your back on self and look to Christ that wonderful book by Ellen White faith and works indicates on page twenty four I recommend to all of you the two books other so many wonderful books in the spirit of prophecy steps to Christ in faith and works those beautiful volumes go together read and study them understand them on that page twenty four it says Christ for our sakes became poor that we through his poverty might be made rich and any works that man can render to God will be far less than nothing this nothingness how can you have anything less than nothingness but that's what it is my requests are made accessible only because they are laid upon Christ's righteousness the idea of doing anything to merit the grace of pardon is fallacy from beginning to end Lord in my hand no price I bring simply to thy cross I cling but when we place ourselves at the complete disposal of the Holy Spirit he will do wonders and miracles through us so I challenge you today to do more than attend the generation of youth for Christ conference determined by God 's grace to be the generation of June for Christ's that will hasten this incoming by the finishing of the work in this generation the Holy Spirit is working in so many incredible ways to attract young people into complete service for Christ recently I was in Brazil and heard about Alex by the age of thirteen Alex was a very accomplished small white trickster a real expert in a real show off he developed tremendous skill and of course if you're not careful popularity will build your head and turn you away from God unfortunately over time Alex got into drugs and crime scene and eventually ended up in prison his sister Daniela at a real burden for Alex and when they are faithful literature evangelists came to her door young people use the heaven ordained power of the printed word in the electronic work in sharing the three Angels messages many of you have the opportunity to share the precious truth as door to door gospel workers or student literature evangelists praise God for the mega book program with a student literature program and for full-time literature evangelist well in this situation a ledger evangelist came to Daniel 's door and sold her a copy of the great controversy I love that book heaven only knows the times the Holy Spirit is used that book to convict people of truth Daniela bought the book and realized he was exactly what Alex needed in prison so she said to him he began to read it along with the Bible and soon was taking Bible studies as a result of this step he gave his heart to God was baptized enjoying the Seventh-day Adventist church today I'm happy to report that Alex is out of prison and is working his way through an Adventist college him as a literature evangelists sharing with others the precious three Angels messages that rescued him for Alex there is no turning back is part of that generation of you for Christ are you willing to be part of are you willing to lay everything at Jesus feet and say Lord use me completely in your service as I return home to my local church and school Lord I want to see you come quickly I want the Holy Spirit to revive me in before my life I want to be prepared for the latter reign of the Holy Spirit to follow me I want to stand firm for the word of God and trust the spirit of prophecy the largest feet and all the young people here now speaking everybody I want to stand firm for the word of God trust the spirit of prophecy a law to be part of the great adventure movement through service to others in evangelistic outreach Lord use me today I want to see you come in the clouds of glory if you want to make that kind of commitment to Christ today young or old of any age would you just stand your feet right now amen I long to see Jesus come even more than I ever have two and a half weeks ago I lost my precious ninety -year-old father I went to sleep I think he is awaiting his return faster in a rush leader my father believed in the young people of this him believe me I tell you I believe him are a church started by none by God 's grace Young will play a pivotal role in fulfilling its mission God has called you with young people for this hour we're standing at the very fair to submit those of the prophecy of Daniel to we are living in the time in which the last days Revelation are taking place letter rating will follow soon to Howard God 's people as they submit completely taken Christ is coming soon God is calling for you to go forward with no turning back God is calling you to submit your life to Christ our to make you more and more like him God is calling you to make the personal sacrifice required to be a mission generation of you are right to make a more specific than others so many willing to stand in the crowd so many people young and old and now I want make an appeal to young again thirty five are you willing to come forward and commitment to something more concrete than for some specific things here now either specific requests some of them you me he will fulfill others not as a whole listen to the men committed to come forward I commission of the seven p.m. the church requires more than slight this is no time for halfhearted effort or merely good intentions we need an army of young people who will individually term and to return to their all churches have taken the role in finishing the work of the Lord talking to young people now if you're willing to personally commit to helping each other Children's Hospital division or rarely attend prayer meeting or accompanied elders as the visit the members of your church or those who are sick please just slip out of those roads find your way down the front if you're ready to demonstrate an interest in the administration of your local church by attending this is another meeting in conjunction with your pastor and church for organizing implementing evangelistic training and outreach program down if you're willing to regularly sacrifice a portion of your time to distribute literature like the leaves of op on please come down here willing to sacrifice some of your time to volunteer at your local community services Center for door to door inviting people to join you in Bible study come down to the front of your willing to leave the Sabbath school in lesson seven enter school and effort to revitalize your Sabbath school class please have them ready to covenant with the Lord to do more than stand in the crowd more than just where the T-shirt but in some tangible self sacrificial way to get in the life and the mission of your local church this year down fronts already full there are plenty of places in Ventura termination will young people here are every where in the world all going on on making that come to come to our soon coming seeing Jesus as a is in our own young people a generation of you are Christ's who will never ever turn her own home like you know what this ending of our separate service crazy to see and ask you just find somebody right next year this includes everyone in the on someone next to you and have a short prayer earnestly praying for revival and Reformation we need to never turn back when you're finished where and after we finished this prayer for the singer and song of turning back and bite you down turn to a person trained now Lord we want to commit all those who have made commitments to you want to commit them in your hands don't let them leave here just for the spiritual high and the devil hijack them into something else keep them faithful to you more help them to keep their eyes completely focused upon Jesus upon his word on the proclamation of this precious advent message the proclamation of the three Angels messages in lifting of Christ the only hope for this world blesses we go out this afternoon Lord help our faces to be radiant with the connection to Christ Lord help us truly understand what it means to be part of the mice in the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist church bless each one who's committed themselves young and old today CEO these prayers of commitment your blessing Lord useless and may we never have turned back the name of our wonderful Savior our Lord our best friend and are coming to Jesus Christ in this message was thank you I see the Foreign Ministry sent me cc inspired young people in my brain I have a base price and memory download and print 's other resources like this you've been blessed making Wednesday night domain as it was well done them 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