Truth For Teens – Part 1
This in an excerpt from the book, “Truth for Teens” by Dr. Jack Trieber
For years, Pastor Jack Trieber has positively impacted the lives of teenagers for the cause of Christ. Hundreds of teenagers from his collective church ministries have been successfully trained and are now serving the Lord across America.
Dr. Trieber’s emphasis on being what the Word of God calls us to be so that we can do what the Word of God calls us to do has been the foundation and heart of his pastoral ministry. This guiding principle is what God has so richly used and blessed in the lives of teenagers.
In these pages, you will find the truths that the Word of God promises will transform lives and help guide teenagers in a God-honoring direction. You will be able to study and learn from the teenage examples God has given us in His Word.
The devil is fighting for the next generation. Dr. Trieber has provided some practical, Biblical ammunition to stop his advances.
Parents, pastors, youth pastors, and teenagers will be informed, encouraged, and helped by Truths 4 Teens.
—Dr. David C. Gibbs, Jr.
Chapter 1. Timothy—A Youth and His Salvation
When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
II Timothy 1:5
It is of utmost importance that every teenager can point back to a day when he asked Jesus Christ to be his personal Savior. What a sobering thought to think that there might be a young person in a Christian school today, or being reared in a Christian home, or attending a godly church who is not saved. I certainly do not want to create doubt in the mind of any of my readers, but I believe that many of our churches are filled with unsaved people. Many of our youth groups are filled with unsaved teenagers. Paul speaks to a young man—Timothy—about his salvation testimony. Paul reminds Timothy about what he saw in him.
A Real Faith
Paul saw that Timothy possessed a real faith. “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee.” Feigned means pretended. Paul said that Timothy’s faith in Jesus Christ was not pretend. It was actual. It was sound. It was real. It was valid. How sad it is when a teenager pretends to be spiritual. How tragic it is when a teenager pretends to be saved.How sad it is when a teenager pretends to be spiritual. How tragic it is when a teenager pretends to be saved. Teenager, don’t play the part of a Christian, especially if you know you have never been saved.Perhaps someone told you that you were saved, or you prayed a prayer, but you don’t have any assurance of salvation. Trust Jesus today!
A Residing Faith
Paul saw that Timothy possessed a residing faith. “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee.” His salvation did not reside in works or in a denomination, but, rather, in his heart. That is why Paul could write in Philippians 2:12, “work out your salvation.” Paul reminded us to work out what has already been worked in. Thus, Timothy had more than just a school worked-in religion, or a parent worked-in religion, or a family pedigree worked-in religion, or a good works worked-in religion. He had a residing faith that was worked in by Jesus Christ. This is why Paul could say in verse eight:
Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.
A Reliable Faith
Paul saw that Timothy possessed a reliable faith. “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother mother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” The word persuaded deals with the idea of being convinced. Paul said that sounded reliable to him. Let me ask you a question today: Does your faith fall short of convincing anyone that you are saved? Can someone see by your life that you are saved and be convinced that you possess eternal life through Jesus Christ?
Teenager, let me ask you the most important question of your life: Are you saved?
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