Millennial Timothys

"Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity." - I Timothy 4:12

It almost sounds unattainable in our world today - that a young person in our culture would desire to be an example to others in their speech, conduct, love, faith and purity. But the Lord's challenge to young people through Paul has not changed, even though culture has changed, and it's pretty fun to see some of our students choose to believe that God will enable them to obey with the help of the Holy Spirit!

Many of these "Timothys" exist at Black Forest Academy, where World Outreach missionaries Art and Beckie Melli serve in Germany. A senior on the prayer team greets people who come to the front of the auditorium after church for prayer - adults and students alike - and she prays for their requests. A small group of 11th grade guys have renamed themselves "the Art-ists" and their goal is to live out the challenge of Romans 12:1.

At dinner one week, Art and Beckie asked Mason, their intern, why he thought the millennial generation (of which he is a part) is often characterized as "entitled" and "unteachable." A Millennial is said to have been born between 1977 and 2000. Having had the privilege of living among and hanging out with a lot of Millennials last year, the Mellis noticed some of the Millennials are looking a lot more like Timothys. They stood out, just like the "Timothys" at BFA stand out. When young men and women choose to live for Christ, the world's label no longer describes them!

Paul also tells Timothy, "Keep a close watch on yourself and on your teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers." Not only was Timothy to live a godly life, he was to make sure that his teaching was truth from God's Word.

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