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ALTAR CALL: Church seeking gifted youth


CHERYL HAREWOOD, [email protected]

ALTAR CALL: Church seeking gifted youth

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God and His church need gifted and valued young people who will be strong, bold and courageous.

This was the message from Pastor Danforth Francis as he spoke at a recent Seventh-Day Adventist youth convention held in Oldbury, St Philip. He encouraged and pleaded with them to serve God faithfully and to make themselves available to be used by Him.

Francis also urged the youth to understand that the devil was aware of their influence and power, and was therefore doing everything in his power to stop them from reaching their full potential.

“The church needs the gifted and talented and valued youth like Jonathan and his armour bearer; youth who are moved by a divine impulse and know that one with God is a majority. Youth who know that they can trust God; youth who are trying to do something extraordinary in these critical times.

“Why does Satan know and the church seems not to know? He well knows that there is no other class that can do as much good as young men and young women who are consecrated to God. He knows the power and influence of our youth, and the church today cannot afford to lose its youth. They can sway a mighty influence, more than the adults can,” he added.

Francis, who shared the story of how Israel snatched victory from the mighty army of the Philistines because of the spirit-filled young man Jonathan, and his armour bearer, painted a picture of how God used young people in the Bible to secure many victories.

“Youth are strong, bold and courageous, and those who fear God know there is no limit to the one who puts himself aside to allow the Holy Spirit to win.”

The minister added that God used an unlikely number of just two young people to initiate one of the greatest victories in Israel. He challenged his young listeners to fight on for the Lord by taking the gospel of the crucified, risen Christ to the world – even when enemies threatened.

Francis said the church today was being infiltrated by “modern-day Philistines” through pornography, promiscuity, extra-marital and pre-marital sex, worldliness, lukewarmness, wizards, witches, sorcery, witchcraft, spiritual illiteracy, a profession without a practice, vain philosophies and alternate lifestyles.

He stressed that the situation had “driven despair in the hearts of many members and leaders of the church”.

He said young people must be made to feel appreciated and welcome, noting that while they were generally good people, those who were not were usually influenced by bad examples set by adults.

He pleaded with the youth in churches across the nation to become like Jonathan and his amour bearer and be moved by a divine influence, because the world needed them now more than ever. (CH)

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