Growing up in church, I heard message after message on the verse where Paul tells Timothy not to let the church look down on him because he is young. He tells Timothy, rather, to set an example of Godliness before the church. But no real explanation was made as to how he was to do this. In fact, the part about setting an example was treated as second rate to the part about not letting old people look down on the youth group cuz they do stuff that the old people may not completely agree with cuz it looks different from the way they do things and have done things for a really long time.
Then, on Sunday, when Pastor Darin was speaking on some stuff in 2 Timothy, I came across this little verse:
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22 TNIV)
This is the stuff that I rarely, if ever, heard preached on in youth group. How to set an example of Godliness for those of older generations. Continue reading