October 22, 2010

My First Youth Ministry Sermon

Back in June, I was looking forward to a great opportunity to preach at a youth service at First Assembly of God in Brookfield, CT, but that didn't happen. 

The reason I didn't preach that night in June is because my wife had coordinated with my Pastor, Phil Morgan and the Youth Pastor, Sean Cooper, to throw a surprise birthday party for my 40th.

Needless to say, my wife was successful and she totally had me surprised and everyone that was involved did a great job helping pull it off too.

Fortunately, a second opportunity was given to me, to preach and this time there were no surprises in store. 

I was certainly nervous since this was really my first time to preach before a group of kids that were easily 25 years younger than me and I wondered if I would be able to communicate the sermon in such a way that they would understand and find it relatable to their lives.

So last Saturday night, I preached from John 15:1-10 and the sermon was titled, God's Pleasure When We Abide in Christ.

From this passage I pointed out 3 key aspects to remember:
  • We must abide in Christ
  • We must abide in His Words
  • We must abide in God's Love

At the end of the sermon, I challenged the youth with a few questions to reflect on and evaluate how this passage is demonstrated in their lives now.

The questions were a challenge to me also and maybe they are to you.

Each new experience I am given to preach is one where my experience is building another stone in the foundation of my life as a preacher and as a pastor.  By God's grace and His strength, I'll get better.

Hopefully, I'll have a fortunate opportunity to minister to them again in the future.

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.  John 15:4

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