1 Timothy 4:11-12 (NKJV)
11 These things command and teach. 12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
- Kerrin spoke about an App that he came across called Face App. This App magnifies what you look like in the future. He showed photos of both himself and Teagan and what they would look like in the future.
- We need to look at our life and assess where we will be if we continue on the trajectory that we are on.
- The most important thing in our lives is our ‘Spirit conduct’ which is what Kerrin calls ‘our faith app’.
- The Apostle Paul met Jesus and then wrote the Book of Acts over a period of 28 years. He suffered persecution, people came and went in his life. He then writes to Timothy in:
1 Timothy 4:15-16 (NIV)
14 Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.
15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
- We need to live our lives expressing Biblical love, faith and purity. When you do these things people will watch us.
- We need to use our Faith App and watch how we speak, the content of our words, the way we act, our generosity and live for now and also for eternity.
- Live like the Bible says so that we can be an example to our group of friends.
- We need to be Faith Spirited Disciples and be careful with our finances, take faith steps, pray always, and read the Word.
- We need to be always pure. Careful with what we watch, read and talk about.
- We need to create for ourselves good life pictures from 10, 15 and 20 years.
- Are you happy with where you are at now?
- What are we doing now that will stand us in good stead for tomorrow?
- We need to set a good example for our life. Beautiful and strong spirit instead of an ugly one.
- It’s not about age – it’s about spirit.
1. Don’t let anyone look down on you
- Let nobody look down on you. When you get to know someone your thoughts about them change.
- Refuse to live under the tyrannical rule of other opinions.
- Live above opinions – not under them.
- It’s so important to set a good example with how we live.
- You can’t stop people looking down on you.
- One of Kerrin’s favourite sayings is ‘You can’t fix stupid’.
- Others opinions are not your problem.
- It is faithless opinion.
- Don’t be a people pleaser.
- It’s not about age. It’s about our life
- Don’t give people a reason to look down on you.
- Live pure. Be an example for people to follow.
- They look at what we say and do.
- It is important that you judge actions not people.
Matthew 7:16, 17 and 20 (NLT)
16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit.
20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
- Our lives should bear the fruit that people want – not rotten fruit.
- Our attitudes matter – people are watching us.
- Living by God’s word matters. Living by the principle of God’s word.
- Joy matters.
- Depression is not your strength – Joy is.
- Kids and others are watching everything we do.
- Life conduct, faith, love. Let God’s Spirit direct others towards God.
- We need to be passionate about God. Our lives need to be vibrant and our walk must be real.
- Generations question God but we need to listen to God.
- Don’t live under the opinions of the masses.
- Listen to people who produce great fruit.
- Listen to people’s speech, judge their speech, opinions and conduct.
- Do you like what you see? Do you want to follow them?
- Only listen to opinions if you like what you see in others.
- Do you inspire others? Be an example. Don’t be arrogant.
- Let no one look down on you. Others have little to do with how you live your life.
- We are responsible for who we are and how we live our lives.
- Our lives is not dependent on others.
- Own and take full responsibility for your own life.
- Your life should be a Spirit and conduct thing – live your life God’s way.
2. Set a higher bar
- Paul says we should set a high bar.
- Set an example for the believers.
- Rise up to what God has for us. Rise up. Live at a higher level.
- Lead by example and lift the bar in your life.
- See yourself as leaders. Lift the bar. Watch what you are doing.
- Make sure your conduct, love, faith and purity is at a higher level.
- Rise up and lead.
- We love comfort and can settle for a much lower standard.
- We have insecurity and pride and if we are not careful we will set a low bar for our lives.
- Ego, pride and a desire for comfort wants us to look for a lower bar.
- Don’t look for excuses to lower the bar.
- Don’t compare yourself to other people.
- Be an example for other believers.
Matthew 25:6 (NLT)
And so you cancel the word of God for the sake of your own tradition.
Luke 19:16 (NLT)
You are a good servant. You have been faithful with the little I entrusted to you.
John 20:29 (NLT)
Thomas’ doubting. “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”
- Don’t live comparative lives. Set the highest bar with good behaviour, not conforming to the world.
- Aspire to bring an example to kids, friends and family
- God wants all of us to set the bar higher.
Isaiah 55:9 (NIV)
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Psalm 61:2 (NKJV)
From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
- Worship takes my spirit to a higher plain.
- Take your spirit to the higher plain with a spirit of praise. Worship God.
- Set a high bar as an example to others.
- Look to Jesus.
- Grace is not an excuse.
- Grace lifts you to a higher place.
- God wants everything.
- Grace is a higher place.
- Jesus wants us to live higher.
- Don’t let anyone look down on you.
- Set an example.
- Right comes with responsibility.
- Set a higher bar for yourself.
- Believe God for a higher bar.
- Not mediocrity.
- Love as God intended us to live – aim for a higher bar.
- Let God challenge you.
- Let God change lives and trajectory.
- Our Faith App.
Suggestions for Discussion Questions
- The most important thing in our lives is our ‘Spirit conduct’ which is what Kerrin calls ‘our faith app’. How does you ‘faith app’ look?
- Don’t live under the opinions of the masses. Is this an easy thing to do?
- Can you set a high bar as an example to others?
- Don’t let anyone look down on you. How hard is this to live this way?