Portland News

January 25, 2019

Friday Evening Youth Focus

The first youth focus session of 2019 was held Friday, January 25, and began with a hearty dinner of chili and cornbread, with cookies and ice cream for dessert. Following the meal, the group moved to a seating area for a time of praise and worship and then an opportunity to share prayer requests and be led in prayer.

The teaching for the evening was given by Tony Boyce, visiting from Dallas, Oregon. For his primary text he used 2 Peter 1:3-10, especially verses 5-8, “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” He said it is important for believers to take initiative in cultivating these qualities in their lives, and gave supporting Scriptures and practical examples for how to do so. One can “add virtue” by taking the Gospel seriously and endeavoring to really live out what the Bible teaches. Knowledge comes from seeking God in prayer and by reading Scripture, and this will require personal discipline. Brother Tony spoke about temperance and patience together, commenting that Christians must learn to appreciate the trials God allows to come, because they make us stronger. After learning a spiritual lesson, going through a similar situation in the future will not seem like a trial anymore. Godliness requires applying the Word of God to daily life, and brotherly kindness means making fellow believers a priority. The last point was about charity, and Brother Tony encouraged the young people to give of themselves to the point that it will cost them something, and to take every opportunity to be a part of the work of the Lord.

The session closed with a time of prayer, allowing the young people to apply some of the sound teachings shared during the evening.