A Call to Young People

1 Samuel 14 tells us how two young men, Jonathan and his armour bearer, were used by God to defeat the Philestines. Instead of holding back like the other men, they were willing to press on in dependence upon God and the Lord gave them a tremendous victory over their enemies.

To find out what lessons we can learn from this passage and to hear how we can follow the example of Jonathan, we would like to recommend a sermon on 1 Samuel 14, preached in 2007 by Gerard Hemmings, pastor of Amyand Park Chapel in Twickenham.

Click here to listen to the sermon, 'A Call to Young People'

When you've finished listening, don't forget to come back to Walking Worthy and let us know what you thought of the message.

Did you think Mr Hemmings was over the top and "on our case", or not radical enough?

Can you think of any other young people in the Bible, as well as Jonathan and his armour-bearer, who were used by God for His purposes? How can we follow their example in the 21st century?

What other verses from Scripture can prove that we as young people are not to waste our youth?

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  1. Great sermon! Usually when I think about godly young people in the Bible the people that I think about are those such as Daniel, Esther, Ruth, Joseph etc. It is good to be reminded of other faithful young people such as Johnathan. As young people we should be setting an example (1 Tim 4v14) as Johnathan did for those around of being dedicated to God's service. If we are to "remember our creator in the days of our youth" (Ecc 12v1) and in thinking upon God we think of his Holiness, Justice, Grace we will find it very hard to waste our youth mainly because when you know something you cannot but act out its implications. Thinking about God and his grace should be enough to motivate us to dedicate the rest of our lives to God's glory and service!!

  2. I find this sermon SO challenging. Especially when Mr Hemmings says "Does the glory of God keep you awake at night?". It really makes you want to serve God more in your youth. We've been blessed with this gift of youth and it won't be ours forever. Life is too short to waste time on immature things which fritter away these important years.
    I guess you're right, Thomas, when you say that those are the young people we think of most. But there are other less obvious ones, like Mary the mother of Jesus. We often forget how young she actually was and how willing to serve she was despite what people would think of her. Also people like Josiah were willing to serve God, regardless of their ages.
    These examples of people in the Bible should inspire us to serve God more and not to waste this special time in our lives. Let us use our youth for Him!

  3. A very thought provoking sermon! And what a challenge for us as young people to use our youth to serve Christ, and not 'sit back' and live our youth for ourselves. It was certainly good to have the reminder that youth does not last, and that we should act now while we are young, otherwise before we know it, we have wasted our youth and done nothing for God.

    Listening to the sermon remeinded me of the verse, "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them." (Ecc. 12:1). Note that the verse stresses for us to remember our Creator NOW in our youth, for the years draw nigh. Our lives on earth are but a vapour. We are here for such a short time, that we are exhorted to serve Christ NOW - don't wait! Let's remember our Creator and serve Him while we are young (this is not to say that we stop serving Christ when we no longer have our youth) - for there are things that God would have us do now that we will no longer be able to do when youth has passed us by.

    As Mr Hemmings so rightly said, our youth does not last. We ought to be using our gifts to glorify God. Let us each consider the gifts that God has blessed us with and use them to honour and glorify Him now!

    Some people might mock us and say, "You are young, what can you do for God?" But let us remember the words that Paul said to Timothy: "Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity." (1 Tim. 4:12). In verse 14 Paul also tells Timothy not to neglect his gift but to use it for God. So we have no excuse! "Oh, but I'm too young!" "Oh, but I have plenty of years ahead of me yet - let me enjoy my youth first!" These are poor excuses. We are told to use our youth for Christ, and thus set an example. Yes, even while we are young, we are told we can be an example to the believers.

    I hope and pray that we will all use our youth to serve God, and set an example to other believers. Praise God for godly men such as Mr Hemmings who is not afraid to speak out to exhort the youth of today to use their talents for God and not waste the precious gift of youth.

    I apologise for rambling on - I will close now before I end up writing a book! I would like to end on this challenge: How will we spend our youth: for ourselves, or for God?


  4. I really love it when Mr.Hemmings says


    I certainly endevour to have pure recklessness!

    Soli Deo Gloria



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