Is The Young Man Safe? – Notes/Study Sheet
(II Sam. 18:33)
* Bible’s divine inspiration borne out in its portrayal of characters w/flaws.
* Seen clearly in life of King David.
1. The high cost of sin.
* David (Acts 7:46; II Sam. 11&12). David & Bathsheba – what happened?
* David’s reaction at the passing of his son?
2. Is the young man safe?
* Story of Absalom (II Sam. 13-18). Absalom murdered his brother, Amnon for raping their sister, Tamar. He was
exiled for 3 years. When he returned to Jerusalem, he couldn’t see his father for 2 more years. He tried to steal his
father’s throne and when David retaliated, he gave instructions that Absalom not be harmed. His instructions were
* David’s reaction at the death of Absalom?
3. Our “Absaloms” ?
* Bro. Flavil Yeakley estimates a loss of 40% of our youth!
* How many young do we see at our Lectureships, Gospel Meetings, Revivals, etc?
4. Destruction of personal faith.
* False ideas taught to our youth. Evolution, etc.
* Lack of Bible teaching to counter falsehoods our kids are taught.
5. Encroachment of the world.
* MTV, movie channels, filthy TV programs – even in Prime Time (Family Guy, Weeds, Will & Grace, etc.), “music.”
* These things have crashed the barrier of sexual purity!
6. Parental neglect.
* Perhaps the greatest contributor. Too much emphasis on academics & not enough on Bible study/church.
* No effort made to take Bible/class book home and study or do a lesson! Is this putting God’s kingdom 1st? (Mt. 6:33)
7. Develop Christian character while you still can!
* Eccl. 12:1 –
* Two and three-year-olds - learn songs, basic Bible stories, memory verses, can ask the same question over and over.
* Preschoolers/kindergartners can learn books of the Bible, Bible stories, & memorize Scripture.
* Plan for spiritual development.
- Bible reading
- Bible teaching
* Practice what we preach!
R.W. McAlister 4/5/09 p.m.